How Do Mirrors Aid in Security in Elevators?

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Late nights in a parking garage are a little unnerving, but throw a trip on an elevator when you're alone at night into the mix and it can be downright scary. Having security mirrors installed in elevators is a safety measure. These mirrors help ensure the security of people entering elevators.

Safety

  • Having a mirror or two installed in an elevator allows oncoming passengers to have a clear view of the hidden corners of the elevator safely from the outside of its open doors. The security can provide peace of mind to passengers who may use elevators on a regular basis, especially ones in high-crime areas.

Crime Deterrent

  • The knowledge that an elevator has security mirrors installed can act as a useful crime deterrent. Criminals who may attempt to hide in the corners could think twice if there are mirrors in the corners, which would easily expose them to incoming passengers.

Location

  • Safety mirrors are found in the top corners of the rears of the elevator. Either one or both corners can contain these mirrors, but there may also be a half-dome mirror located on the ceiling of the elevator.

Types

  • Elevator security mirrors typically come in 90-degree acrylic domes. These are small and fit well in corners and look inconspicuous enough to be functional, but not detract from the design of the elevator itself. They come in many sizes and can be found at specialty or online retailers that sell security mirrors. The 180-degree dome is another alternative and functions well on dual-sided elevators.

Added Security

  • Some security mirrors can also include a security camera behind them that can record the events on the elevator. This adds another facet of security for the passengers, ensuring a higher level of safety.

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