People tend to underestimate the complexity of security. They either over focus on guards and personnel, or assume that simply installing a few pieces of tech is all that’s required. People have a hard time grasping that you need to use both properly, and together. Los Angeles is a high tech city, its people are very modern and “with it” to the extent that they sometimes even get mocked for this. However, despite this modernity, Los Angeles has a lot of businesses not understanding how to optimize their security services.
A lot of people want to save money by keeping things in house, so they put up a few cameras and have them record. The real hope behind this strategy is that the cameras will be a deterrent or that the cameras will catch the thief on film to be turned over to the police as evidence. However, that might work for a small store because their margins are so small that they can’t afford proper Security services. For a larger company or location they need real Security services. Unless it’s a large national chain, most often they sub contract out for very good reasons.
Security requires a different set of skills than most people have. You need to understand some basic elements of “guilty psychology” or how people think if they’re doing or have done something wrong. People move and walk differently at such times, and knowing what to look for can help clue you in if someone’s planning on shop lifting for example. You need to understand how to arrange cameras and motion detectors to eliminate blind spots. It’s not simply a matter of buying technology or hiring some people to do security. You need to know what it’s like to have worked security to know what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong.
Security is something easy to create a weak facsimile of, but hard to do properly unless you have a company big enough to handle all the associated support that Security services need you’ll have a hard time doing it in house. Even with how large a market Los Angeles is for some businesses a lot of them will find their best route to getting proper Security services is to contract an outside company to handle it for them. That way the company can get all the support services and managerial skill without having to pay for all of it in full. It’s hard to make money in this economy, but it’s especially hard if you lose money through inefficient management or theft/destruction.