Home and office security continues to be a top priority for many home and business owners. According to Research and Markets Physical Security report 2012, the security equipment market around the world is estimated at just over $20 billion, with video surveillance products making up nearly half of the entire market at $10 billion.

Burglary is a growing concern in communities, towns and cities across the U.S. There are more news reports of break-ins, technology thievery, and copper heists.

The recession over the last few years has helped to grow frustration among disaffected citizens, who are resorting to criminal activities in order to make ends meet. And rural and suburban communities are seeing similar circumstances, this has led to a growth in burglary and property crimes. Even in the recent aftermath of Hurricane Sandy came reports of Brooklyn and New Jersey businesses being looted due to downed or inoperative surveillance systems.

These desperate measures by robbers and thieves are forcing more business and home owners to tighten up security systems. Business security has always been an important part of a company’s business. From sound alarms at retail door opening areas to security cameras at cash register areas, security systems have been standard operating procedures for many years now.

With more costly technology equipment being installed within business, retail or office environments, there’s a lot more at stake when it comes to securing these assets. For small businesses, not only is there the anticipated risk of intrusion onto your property, but also thievery from within. It’s estimated that almost 70 percent of small business losses happen as a result of violations through employee and customer theft.

This is why video cameras can be a great help to businesses. Not only do camera systems alert management to physical theft, but monitoring high risk work areas can also help with proving evidence of wrongdoing or injury activity with claims of workers’ compensation. While cameras cannot cover every inch of a worker’s space, they do a good job of monitoring a wide swath of the workplace and can help with fraudulent claims occurring in the areas that aren’t monitored by video cameras.

Likewise, more homeowners in cities and towns are seeing increased rates of break-ins at their home front. Thieves are aware of the explosive growth in home collections of expensive and desired digital devices like mobile phones, tablets, flat panel monitors, home PCs and other electronic gear. Even out of the home, modern-day electronic street thievery is on the rise. USA Today reports thefts of smartphones are rising and costing consumers millions of dollars.

So how does one create a sense of security in the wake of increased robberies? Home security is still very much an industry that offers local services to local communities. More than 95 percent of security companies for home security options work within local communities. But this industry is rife with wildly differing prices, high costs for monitoring and inconvenient installations for homeowners.

One company bucking the local security company trend is a national firm LifeShield security systems, which offers wirelessly connected security solutions for home customers. Among the innovations, the company offers include a glass break sensor that lets homeowners notice a break-in via sliding glass doors, or a wireless home security camera for homeowners to monitor various rooms through their web enabled device.

Having mobile access to your security system gives homeowners and business owners a world of freedom in running security systems. Using company apps available via Android, iPhone or Blackberry devices, owners can do the following from remote locations: Arm and/or disarm your system remotely; change security codes through your phone; see exactly which doors or windows have been opened and at what times, and even see video or still shots from home security cameras.

If you’re a homeowner or business owner looking to increase your security, there are a variety of ways that you can safeguard assets to discourage possible intruders or robbers.

Video Cameras (Home)

One of the most recommended ways by experts to improve home or business security is with a video security system or surveillance system. Home surveillance camera systems come with multiple cameras, wireless surveillance systems, with cameras capable of detecting movements from 10 ft to 30 ft.

Video Camera (Business)

A complete camera security system installed within your business can help in identifying suspects who might raid your business. Cameras are generally pointed at targeted areas for thieves, including cash registers, loading docks and elsewhere. Having video evidence of thieves can help in ensure stolen goods later on.

Alarms & Panic Buttons

If you’re in a retail store set-up, an alarm button that’s activated by either a hand or foot is essential. There are many silent alarms offering immediate notice to local police departments when set off. If you’re a small business owner with a retail operation, arm and panic buttons are a good first step at warding off intruders or robbers.

Using Safes for Cash

Companies that do a great deal of cash business on a daily basis need to have a safe on hand. Experts recommend that all excess money should be stored in the safe often. Alerts to customers will help discourage a robber, and business owners should have time-lock access limited to only the owners and a trusted colleague.

Use Lights & Mirrors

Many store operations in the U.S. use a combination of wide-angle mirrors, and obvious lights in areas where there may be blind spots. Business owners should keep its business very well-lit. Staff should be trained in the use of mirrors and noticing risky behavior.

Using technology advances for home and office security systems can benefit greatly in lowering theft costs and employee turnover for businesses. In addition, these same tools, modified for homeowners can help keep valuable assets out of the hands of thieves. And in the end, protection of one’s property is the ideal goal.