There are two main reasons for keeping foot patrols a part of a security program. The first is that all of the senses can be used by the security agent. Second is the deterrent value. Deterring crimes of opportunity is of utmost importance.
Not only are foot patrols very visible; but there is more contact from person to person and therefore you’re more likely to improve “security to community” relations. Because the agent learns more about the people while walking, there are also more opportunities to develop sources information.
In addition, the agent gains greater familiarity with the physical characteristics of the property, such as places for criminals to hide and danger zones. Knowledge of the patterns and characteristics of an area can help anticipate incidents before they more difficult to control.
Until next time!
Brian K. Allen, President, CEO
International Security Training, LLC