Catching Thieves vs. Stopping Thieves: What’s Your Security Plan?

As businesses gear up for the hustle and bustle of summer, security is a critical aspect they must consider. 

In addition to being the ‘unofficial’ start of summer, Memorial Day is the official federal holiday when we remember and honor the men and women of the U.S. military who gave their lives in service to their country.

But on this day, while most Americans will be reflecting on the past, a select group will be looking forward—to robbing your commercial property, that is.

Extended holiday weekends, like Memorial Day, have long been a primetime opportunity for thieves to target warehouses, industrial sites and other commercial businesses.

Here’s why: Burglars can break into your business on that Friday night, and it might be the following Tuesday morning before the theft is discovered. National crime data supports this notion:

Cargo theft is 43% higher, and the average loss values are 253% higher during Memorial Day weekends than on non-holiday weekends.* 

Simply put, thieves look forward to Memorial Day the way your kids are eager for Christmas. Except in the thieves’ case, nobody’s checking a ‘who’s been naughty or nice’ list.

‘To Catch a Thief’ Versus ‘To Stop a Thief’

Choosing the right security plan is more than a matter of precaution — it is a strategic decision that could define the future resilience of your business.

So, how do you protect your commercial property from all those criminals who’ve circled Memorial Day weekend on their kitchen calendars with big smiley faces?

It starts with something we’ll call your ‘security philosophy,’ and it has everything to do with how you view your ‘relationship’ with would-be thieves.

Below are two of the more common security philosophies — which one most closely aligns with yours?

Philosophy #1: ‘To Catch a Thief’

In this security approach, the emphasis is on how to catch thieves. You want criminals to be apprehended either during the attempted crime or after it happens to prevent them from coming back. You might prioritize catching the criminal instead of preventing the crime if your property and any assets inside are fully insured.

Security experts refer to this security philosophy as the ‘detection’ approach. It’s the classic cat-and-mouse battle. The best-case scenario with detection occurs when a thief attempts a break-in but is caught before they can escape.

The most common security detection measures include:

      • Private security responders

    Philosophy #2: ‘To Stop a Thief’

    This security strategy focuses on how to stop thieves. You don’t want criminals anywhere near your property or your assets, so your goal is to send a message — that attempting to break in or steal from your facility is not worth the effort.

    This security philosophy mirrors the ‘deterrence’ approach. It’s a psychological battle. The best-case scenario with deterrence occurs when a criminal assesses your security measures and decides against attempting the crime in the first place.

    The most common security deterrence measures include:

      • The Electric Guard Dog by AMAROK Warning Sign

      AMAROK Recommends: A ‘Hybrid Commercial Security’ Approach

      It’s important to note that these two security philosophies are NOT mutually exclusive, meaning you don’t have to choose one or the other. Business owners who use both security approaches have the best chance of avoiding crime on their property. The deterrence measures serve as primary protection, while the detection measures are a backup failsafe.

      Our point of view on this matter rests on a simple insight into the criminal mind:

      In most cases, when a thief breaks into your property intending to steal, it’s not personal.

      It’s not a crime of passion but of opportunity. That thief is merely looking for a score—he’s not trying to settle one.

      This philosophy of deterrence reminds us of the adage about the two guys walking in the woods who encounter a bear:

      One man says, “We’ll never outrun that bear!”
      The other man replies, “I don’t have to outrun the bear  just you.”

      In today’s challenging environment where security threats loom large yet often underestimated, taking a proactive stance is helpful. By opting for a hybrid approach, businesses can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from a multi-layered security strategy that covers all the bases. This unique blend keeps your premises monitored by devices, such as commercial video surveillance and defends against external threats through commercial electric fencing, strategic lighting and similar safeguards.

      Do your security measures make it easy for criminals to land their score making you the target? Or, do you make it difficult for them, so they’ll most likely bypass your business?


      Contact AMAROK to learn more about our Ultimate Perimeter Solutions designed to deter thieves — so there is no need to deal with the aftermath of a crime. Our solutions provide three deterrents:

      • A medically safe shock: A shock of 7,000 volts discourages thieves from trying to get into your property after a first attempt.
      • A physical barrier: A fence creates a visual deterrent, as would-be criminals will see breaking into your facility is not worth the effort. The physical barrier also makes a breach more difficult for thieves.
      • An alarm: Draw attention to whatever criminals are doing on your property and encourage them to flee with loud alarms and bright lights.

      Installing The Electric Guard Dog™ Fence system is an effective way to deter criminals from targeting your business. With our solutions, you can prevent 99% of external theft.

      About AMAROK
      AMAROK™ is a full-perimeter security company headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, offering commercial security services throughout the U.S. and Canada. We specialize in perimeter security systems and electric fencing for commercial properties. AMAROK also provides supplemental surveillance solutions, including alarms, cameras and lights.

      Together, these business security services form the ultimate crime prevention solution for any commercial property or industrial business.

      Stop and Catch Thieves With Security Solutions From AMAROK

      Take the hybrid approach to commercial security — partner with AMAROK to get deterrence and detection products for your facility to stop would-be criminals and monitor your business. Fill out the form to find a representative near you and get a site security evaluation.

      *SOURCE: SensiGuard/CargoNet