Remote monitoring will become a permanent fixture in the public safety toolbox to help quell the spread of the equally deadly crime virus.
Similar to COVID-19, crime is a virus set to spiral out of control. It spreads exponentially in times of weakness. It preys upon the unsuspecting and unprepared. And when defenses are down (like the potential loss of first responders and medical professionals who contract COVID-19), it can kill at alarming rates. It is time for society, the media, and government officials to understand that robots and artificial intelligence, while working alongside humans, can have a profoundly positive impact on society – especially in a crisis. We have already proven this with official statistics from law enforcement. As we often say, the machines need to do the monotonous, dangerous and computationally heavy work and the humans should lead the strategic decision making and enforcement work.
The cold of winter tends to assuage ill will and nefarious activities. Criminals take the path of least resistance and seek out easy opportunities. With the arrival of spring and summer at hand, people once again begin to flow into the streets of America – and as temperatures rise, tempers get shorter and bad behavior picks up again. Crime and violence can come in many ways, but it comes, like clockwork, when the weather warms up. And the unprecedented unemployment levels, travel bans, social distancing and self-initiated quarantines imposed as a result of COVID-19 will only serve to exacerbate the acceleration of it.
Containing infectious diseases relies heavily on data, and the same holds true for public safety. First, we map out exactly where the most transmissions of the ‘disease’ (crime) are occurring. We then focus on containing the spread in these areas using actionable intelligence gained through analyzing the data. And ultimately, we seek to deter and contain the ‘disease’ by getting people to change their behavior resulting in a rapid positive outcome.
Security leaders understand that they must look beyond traditional security concerns during times of global vulnerability in order to anticipate new risks to their organizations and fight to protect against them. The primary focus of security leadership should be protecting an organization’s human capital as its most valuable asset, then focus on loss prevention through physical and cyber security measures.
With many companies adopting a work-from-home policy in response to COVID-19 concerns, best practices require implementation of adequate physical security, access controls and remote monitoring for assets in preparation for extended office closures. Employers also should warn their employees that malicious actors will use this opportunity to increase targeted attacks in both the physical and cyber worlds. This might include increased predatory behavior focused on looting, vandalism and squatting; personal assaults on unsuspecting individuals in places where there is usually safety in numbers; and phishing emails that purport to include medical updates or are “important notices” for those working remotely.
Remember, your security robot friends are immune from disease and danger – and are working today 24/7/365 helping secure the places you work, study and visit – even during a pandemic. If we can help your location, feel free to contact us and stay safe out there!