The dramatic Dresden heist where thieves forced their way into a museum and took priceless jewelry is the latest high profile robbery and one of the biggest in history. It also prompted a review of the museum’s security system to prevent it from happening again. Burglaries take place every 23 seconds in the US, according to the FBI. Protecting the home and its occupants is very important to prevent the loss of property or life and maintain peace of mind.
Outside the property and the grounds
Nowadays, technology in the security business is always evolving. From protecting rich clients to those who are less wealthy, state-of-the art technology is available, making security failsafe and even nearly invisible. Security experts start with a risk assessment of the client and the property, matching security measures with the threats and challenges.
The classic approach to security includes high walls, steel gates, panic rooms, and even underground tunnels for high profile clients. Interestingly, these clients do not want to compromise their lifestyles by living in fortress-like homes. DSC security experts recommend landscapes that give privacy yet limit access points. Fiber optic cables buried in the ground detect changes in acoustics and activate the camera or send alerts to your smartphone. Heat detection and artificial intelligence analytics differentiate a falling tree branch or a human intruder. There’s even a drone system that can detect if rogue drones stray into your air space or pinpoint where the intruders are hiding on the premises.
Past the perimeter fence
For intruders who get past the perimeter fencing, there are different layers of security available to deter burglars from entering the house. License plates can be captured and traced on any incoming vehicle. Biometric locks use facial recognition to open doors, and others are activated by the touch of a finger. Keyless entry is available that will detect the identity of residents through biometrics, while alarm systems can also be programmed with a specific code that will not only disarm the system, but also alert the police in case of a heist.
Inside the home, fog machines can produce a thick haze that reduces visibility to 10 centimeters. Art Guard, a security company, has developed a Magnetic Asset Protection system that allows owners to put tiny magnets on their valuables that will alert the system and authorities.
Securing homes and individuals is no longer confined to putting up physical barriers. By using modern technology, it is possible to put up a system that is nearly impenetrable and unobtrusive.