Ultimately, every business in the Chicago area benefits from Chicago alarm companies. Criminals are predators, and like a predator, they target the weak. The bigger risk they have to take to successfully carry out a crime without getting caught, the less chance they’ll commit that crime.
According to an FBI report on Crime in the United States in 2013 cited by Nationwide Insurance, 34.3% of all burglaries involved entry with no force. That means the burglar entered through an open door or window. That’s over a third of crime that could have been directly prevented by better security.
In Chicago, where crime rates are among the highest in the United States, Chicago alarm companies are a huge part of crime prevention.
And it’s not just the big guys who benefit. Small business owners are the most affected by burglaries because they often don’t have the resources to provide extra security. Let alone the extra savings on hand to deal with rising insurance premiums and lasting damage to their reputation.
But there’s more to the story. When there’s buy-in from the entire business community—retail stores, auto dealerships, bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels, the effect gets multiplied. An entire area of a city becomes “off-limits” to criminals because it’s just not worth it.
That’s good for business, and not just because insurance premiums go down and fewer businesses must make up for stolen goods. Lower crime means business hours get extended—people aren’t afraid to shop at night. Low crime rates improve a community’s reputation, meaning more visitors, and more revenue for local businesses.
In Chicago, the tourism industry provides over 145,000 jobs and $15 billion in spending, according to the Chicago Tribune. But with the Windy City receiving national attention for its crime rates, business owners need to join the fight to avoid further damage to our reputation.
The first and easiest step in that fight is to contact a Chicago alarm company. They can evaluate your security needs and decide which type of alarm system is going to work best for your business.
And if you’re in the market for an alarm system, a great place to start is Alert Protective Services. We’ve been serving the Chicago area since 1982. To learn more about our alarm systems, monitoring services, and more, visit us on the web. Or give us a call at (773)685-8383 today!