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Overt security versus covert security

Overt security versus covert security

14th March 2017

Overt security versus covert security

Are you in the process of setting up a new security system or perimeter for your premises? If so, you should ask yourself whether your security measures need to be highly visible or carefully concealed.

Of course, robust physical preventative measures such as perimeter fencing, security gates and fence toppings can’t be hidden, but alarms, CCTV cameras and other, smaller security measures can be positioned so that they are not visible to casual observers. There are undeniable benefits to both and here we’ll compare these covert and overt approaches to security so that you can choose which is right for you.

1. Overt security systems

Choosing prominent-looking CCTV cameras and alarms then positioning them in highly visible locations is a great way to deter intruders. Simply put, making your security system completely overt shows criminals and miscreants that your premises is well-defended. This will make most of them reconsider attempting to illegally enter your property.

You might be concerned that overt security measures may make your premises look excessively fortified, which (as we’ve discussed before) can deter customers. However, you can strike a balance between displaying your security measures and ensuring that they don’t look overly imposing to customers. That said, overt security systems do have one disadvantage. If every aspect of a security system is on display, professional criminals can map it and think of ways to beat it. It is hard to catch intruders out using an overt system.

2. Covert security systems

Discreet and hidden security measures can’t intimidate prospective intruders and cause them to give up for the simple reason that they are not visible. However, they are much better at catching intruders who do attempt to break in than overt systems. After all, a criminal is far more likely to trip an alarm or be caught on camera if they can’t see your alarms or cameras.

In summary, you should opt for a more overt security system if you mainly need to deter petty criminals. However, if you suspect your business is being targeted while you are not there or will be targeted soon and wish to catch the perpetrator in the act, you should choose a more covert system.

Whatever type of security system you favour, we can provide you with security fencing, alarms, CCTV cameras, fence toppings and every other measure you might need.