AV Lockdown Boone NC
Rocky Mount, NC
Source: PRO AV Magazine
Publication date: September 1, 2007
By Tom Zind
As growing sales in the commercial and consumer market can attest, AV gear is fast becoming a “must-have” for many end-users. For some, that means sawing through cables, picking locks, dodging security cameras, or just yanking things off of a wall. Theft of AV gear — and the related damage, user inconvenience, and rising costs of preventing it — is a problem that is increasing.
As more projectors, displays, cameras, audio gear, and computers fill public and private spaces, thieves may be taking note. Considered easy targets in many venues, the gear can be enticing to those who spot a chance to make off with snazzy technology they can turn for a quick buck or keep for personal use.
The growth of digital signage, more collaborative technology in education, and the use of displays and audio gear in venues such as museums, dining and drinking establishments, casinos, and houses of worship, means more AV gear in plainer sight than ever. Making AV equipment more impervious to theft is well within the reach of integrators and their customers, and increasingly in demand. It comes down to deciding which remedy or combination of remedies are best, given the vulnerability level and what's appropriate and affordable for the particular environment. They fall into a few classes, spanning different types of AV assets.
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