Half the battle is seeing the “unwanted”
element before it gets into your building. Proper lighting is very
important to light up your perimeter so your security cameras and
security guards can see traffic in and out of the property and the
building. Outside lighting of entrances and parking areas can
discourage prowlers or casual intruders.
The value of adequate lighting as a deterrent to crime cannot be
overemphasized. Adequate lighting is a cost-effective line of
defense in preventing crime. All sides and approaches to the
facility should be illuminated. Lighting should be directed downward
and away from the facility and away from personnel assigned to
patrol the facility. The goal is to create as few shadows as
possible. Perimeter lights should be installed so the cones of
illumination overlap, eliminating areas of total darkness if any one
fails to light. A weekly visual examination should be made of all
exterior illumination to ensure proper function.
Lighting should be controlled by an automatic photoelectric cell
allowing an extension of the daylight hours and providing protection
against human error. This will ensure operation during inclement
weather. All exterior lighting fixtures should be secured in vandal/
weather resistant housing. Interior lights should also be regulated
by timers when the building is unoccupied.