I have been a security professional for over a dozen years. Our business has many reasons why we get busy. We are tied into the economy but we are also heavily tied into crime and many times the news ends up being our best form of advertising.
When the economy was great, businesses expanded, people lived the American dream and opened their own business and our industry was happy to be part of protecting that dream.
Unfortunately in recent years, we have been much busier dealing with increases in crime and other unfortunate incidents that many residents of tight knit local communities never thought would hit so close to home. The most recent one is the disappearance of Sarah Majoras.
The small towns of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ never expected something like this to happen. In the few days since, i have received many calls from New Hope business owners who either have extremely outdated video surveillance equipment (as you can see by the 'fuzzy' surveillance footage released on the news) or they have none at all.
I want to start a movement, not just in New Hope but in other small towns throughout the area to educate business owners, as well as residents, on how to enhance security and if everyone looked at it as a precautionary measure, maybe there would have been enough quality video footage to have a better idea of what happened to Sarah.
At least that is what the business owners who have contacted me thus far have said to me.
If anyone has comments or questions, they are always welcome. If anyone knows business associations or groups within New Hope that may want to set up a security forum (not a sales pitch) that would be great too. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-264-4234. Thank you!