Fun fact about Knightscope’s Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs): over 60% of ASRs currently deployed are used to secure a parking lot or parking structure, either exclusively or in addition to other areas of a client’s property. Why such a high percentage? Crimes frequently take place here, which directly impacts visitor and employee safety. Due to the size and physical layout of many parking areas, it can be difficult and costly to secure them consistently. We’ve even heard of security programs that omit securing parking altogether since the people they really want to protect are indoors for the vast majority of the time. Our clients have not only reported the ASRs to be extremely effective at deterring crime, but that the technology is also very cost effective. Sports arenas, retail centers, universities, office buildings, corporate campuses, public parks, movie theaters, casinos, public transit, warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals are among the rapidly growing list of industries that have augmented their security programs with our force-multiplying robots.
Some of the statistics and issues reported by USA Today highlights just how dangerous parking garages can be, and also sheds light on the issue specifically affecting healthcare. The article’s title directly asks the question, “Why hospitals haven’t done more to protect healthcare workers in parking garages?" Using the data shown in the graphs below from the FBI and U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are two main points made:
The concerns and experiences, some tragic, shared by several healthcare workers related to the level of security in their hospital’s parking garages provided a glimpse into the issue some face on a daily basis.
California is the only state to track and publish detailed data on hospital violence. The state’s OSHA unit reported health care workers were victims of 218 “violent incidents” in their parking areas from July 2017 to December 2019. Hospitals in most other states are not even required to release information about violence on their properties.
Needless to say, we’d like to help. Time and again we’ve seen firsthand the phenomenal impact Autonomous Security Robots have had in deterring criminal activity in and around parking areas. Here are some examples:
What’s also impressive about the hospital and public park referenced above is that they are open access properties, 24/7, meaning that there aren’t perimeter gates or fences that enclose, or limit access to, the property. Anyone can drive or walk onto the properties at any time from all directions. Regardless of the industry, these are eye-opening statistics that should get the attention of any organization’s C-Suite.
Additionally, Knightscope’s Blue Light Phones have provided emergency communications in remote areas to help secure parking areas from intruders, severe weather events, or other safety threats. Here are a few benefits realized by end users:
We know there are healthcare networks and other organizations who are going above and beyond to provide a safe and secure workplace – we actually work with many of them. We’re certainly not claiming to be the silver bullet in parking security, but we do have 5-foot tall, 400 pound, fully autonomous white “bullets” that are keeping healthcare workers safe and multiple versions of communication devices through which you may always find a friendly voice. One physician even stated, “When I’m walking to my car, and it’s 4 AM in the morning and really dark, I’ll be walking really carefully, holding tightly to my phone and keys. Then, I hear the robot’s sound that it makes as it’s patrolling the garage, and a wave of relief washes over me, that I’m not alone, and it makes me feel better.”
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