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6. Space security & anti-theft

6. Space security & anti-theft

The security of a space is fundamentally important. Building security has long been a concern for businesses and other organizations that manage space. And it isn’t just about entry to a particular space. Building security also covers –


  • Protection of the property and assets within.
  • Keeping occupants safe from intruders.
  • Preventing unsafe or hazardous situations.
  • Ensuring people are using the space properly.

If an organization underestimates the importance of building security, then they put the whole place at risk – plus all of the people that spend time in that space.

According to the FBI, over a million property crimes occurred in the United States in 2021 alone. So, you can see the size of this potential issue facing all those who manage a space. Let’s take a look in a little more detail at the different elements of building security that is important. And then we’ll look a little deeper at some of the tech solutions that can make a huge difference.

The types of building security

As we have already seen, the security of a building is far more complex than simply locking the doors at night. Here are some of the major considerations -

Access control is all of the measures taken to restrict or allow access to a space and the facilities within that space. For example, it might be a building that has mixed commercial and residential use. People will need to access certain areas but not others. And once people are inside, you want to monitor their activity. Which leads to…

Surveillance is the next level. Tracking movements becomes even more important as an anti-theft measure when unmanned stores such as Amazon Go are becoming more prevalent. How does an unmanned store or other public space ensure space security and provide anti-theft measures? Well, that’s where HLDS comes in – please read on to see how our tech makes this possible.

Intrusion detection includes weapon sensing systems, unwarranted access alarms, and alert notifications for security personnel and the police. It isn’t just the people who enter a space that need to be monitored – it’s what they are carrying. And this includes the potential for them to carry a transmittable virus. Again, more on this later.

Security personnel have been the mainstay of space security for the past hundred years and beyond. But this is costly for a business. Staffing is, more often than not, the biggest cost for any business. As tech solutions become more prevalent, this cost can be mitigated by using technology in place of security personnel.

The places that need extra security

We have already seen some of the areas that need to manage their space effectively to ensure that they don’t suffer loss or damage and protect their people. And these aren’t the only places where effective management of space is vital. Others include –


  • large department stores/marts
  • convenience stores
  • casinos
  • pubs/bars
  • sports stadiums/concert halls
  • restaurants/cafes

Managing space is filled with risks. Indeed, the first thing that any business should do is carry out a risk assessment to ensure that they understand how to secure a building and the people within it. But what are the other steps in order to ensure a secure building? Let’s take a look.

How to secure a building

A risk assessment gives the organization managing the space a framework, to begin with. Managing the risk elements in space from a framework is a systematic process. But what an organization doesn’t want to end up doing is delivering security personnel as the solution to every identified issue. This is costly and inherent with other risks in the form of absenteeism, rogue personnel, and not moving with the times. Technology can provide solutions that don’t suffer from these issues.

The technology of space security & anti-theft

Tech solutions are more prevalent in the modern day. Space security is managed by allowing or denying access, and anti-theft measures using LiDAR technology.

Space security technology

Facial recognition gates allow entry to people who have the right to be there. As each face is different, people who are permitted entry can quickly and securely pass, ensuring space security. This means that facial recognition tech in a building is protected from unwanted elements that might wish to enter in order to cause damage to people or property.

Thermal sensors provide biosecurity as the next level, detecting that a person is present whilst using infrared to detect the body temperature of that person. In the days of virus protection, this gives an extra element to the process of allowing or denying access to a space. If someone has a raised temperature and thus a much higher potential of carrying a virus, then they can be excluded from a space. This reduces the infection risk – another element of space security that is vitally important. Imagine how much more effective this is than lockdowns.

Anti-theft technology

HL-LFOM5 is our 3D LiDAR that accurately measures the distance to track the movement of people and products. This enables anti-theft measures as a store can use LiDAR to know when and where any particular piece of stock has moved at any given time. LiDAR has been used outdoors for many applications – sending out a laser light and tracking the exact amount of time it takes to come back. It is now used in space management and to track the movement of people within a space as well as goods on the shelves of a store.

HL-DP is a platform from HLDS that collects data acquired by 3D LiDAR to enable space management. LiDAR tracks movement within a space, ensuring that the risks are monitored and measured. People only gain access to areas that they should be in, stock and facilities are tracked, and theft reduces as a result. This becomes even more important when an organization is managing multiple spaces. HL-DP is easy to set up and allows remote management of spaces which delivers cost-savings.

If you have any questions about our HL-LFOM5 and HL-DP linked to spatial security and theft prevention, then please get in touch with us. We’re here to help you understand the risks and how to apply tech solutions that work for your business.

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