When disaster strikes, our first instinct is to hunker down and wait for the storm to pass. But when the skies clear, new threats emerge. In the chaotic aftermath of natural disasters like hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, or wildfires, crime rates surge and communities and businesses are left painfully exposed.
Following Hurricane Katrina, for example, crime rates spiked in impacted areas. Mississippi saw a 68% rise in violent crime reports in hurricane-impacted areas. In the 30 days after the hurricane, violent crime in New Orleans increased by 49%. During the months that followed, the Gulf Coast region averaged over 17,000 reported crimes per month. Child trafficking cases increased significantly as more than 1500 children were reported missing.
On top of that, many businesses fell victim to ransacking thieves who exploited the loss of electricity and compromised infrastructure. Even firms with private security saw their efforts rendered futile.
In this blog, we’ll explain the security risks that disasters create, why traditional security systems don’t provide comprehensive coverage, and how LVT can empower protection when it's needed most.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DISASTER STRIKES?
So, what factors render sites vulnerable when disaster strikes? The loss of power tops the list. When the lights go out and electronic security systems are disabled, visibility drops dramatically. Thieves cloak themselves in shadows and leverage concealed vantage points to identify targets and avoid detection.
And when you factor in other common post-disaster factors like limited resources, disrupted communications, displaced populations, impaired transport and access, the risks intensify. These can include:
- Downed perimeter fencing that grant easy access to restricted zones
- Shattered windows offer unobstructed entry points
- Unmonitored lots enable covert trespassing
- Police and security resources are spread thin
- Evacuated zones lack citizen vigilance and reporting
Criminals eagerly exploit such lapses, and businesses and municipalities feel the painful, costly effects.
TRADITIONAL SOLUTIONS AREN’T ENOUGH
Traditional security approaches often include hiring personnel, utilizing battery-powered cameras, or relying on community watch groups. Each approach has its merits, but even a combination of traditional solutions will leave gaps and vulnerabilities.
Security personnel can become overwhelmed in large-scale disaster response efforts, and their presence may not be sustainable long-term. Battery-powered cameras, on the other hand, provide visual oversight but are limited by battery life and often lack the real-time capabilities essential during crises. Community watch groups harness the power of community solidarity but might lack the equipment and training to address sophisticated threats.
LVT: THE ULTIMATE POST-CATASTROPHE SECURITY SOLUTION
When power outages sabotage conventional security measures, you need a flexible, powerful solution, and you need it fast. LVT’s wireless security cameras for business shine where other options fail. They offer resilient monitoring without the need for an internet connection or reliance on the electrical grid. They lend eyes when and where you need them most.
Let’s explore the key advantages.
LVT Units were designed to work in less-than-ideal conditions, without the need for wires or a Wi-Fi connection. This allows surveillance to be maintained even when the power grid and internet service are down.
Unlike covert cameras, LVT's surveillance trailers actively deter trespassing, theft, and other crimes through their obvious presence. No criminal wants to be caught; they seek easy targets where they can avoid detection.
LVT Units can be deployed to sites quickly—in a matter of days. And once they reach your site they can be set up and fully operational in minutes. Plus, you can easily add units to your fleet as needs evolve.
MOBILE AND ADAPTABLE
In the aftermath of a catastrophe, things change quickly and constantly. You might need a unit in one spot one day but need coverage in a completely new location the next day. Our systems are mobile; since they don’t require wiring or construction, you can relocate them to hotspots at a moment's notice.
DURABLE FOR WEATHER EXTREMES
LVT Units continue operating in the most challenging post-disaster environments. They are engineered to withstand strong winds, flooding, extreme heat, and other harsh conditions that often follow natural disasters.
STRENGTHEN PUBLIC SAFETY
Stretched-thin police forces often struggle to provide comprehensive protection after disasters. LVT Units provide law enforcement with additional eyes and allow strained departments to focus resources where they are needed most. You can be in two (or more) places at once—handling escalating incidents in-person without losing sight of other critical zones.
Simply put, LVT fills gaps and complements existing response efforts.
ACHIEVE PEACE OF MIND AMIDST CHAOS
In the wake of a disaster, vulnerabilities become glaringly evident. Thanks to LVT’s rapidly deployed surveillance systems, you can bridge gaps in protection seamlessly. When you deploy an LVT Unit, tired first responders regain stability, communities take back control, and businesses reopen faster.
Disasters derail lives. Don’t let them derail security. Contact LVT today to implement reliable disaster security that never quits.