As a small business, security should always be top of mind. A high quality security system can help manage concerns — from preventing burglary to tracking carbon monoxide levels — so that you can focus on running your business.
The following systems all cover different parts of a well-rounded security plan and can be used in conjunction to ensure maximum protection.
Video surveillance serves multiple purposes in your business’s security system.
It can act as a preventative measure, discouraging theft before it happens. In the event a crime does take place, video footage can help identify suspects and provide proof in an insurance claim. Additionally, most security cameras are mobile enabled and can be checked from a phone or computer away from the business.
Security cameras can be installed either as a single unit in a problem area, or as a connected system for an overview of the whole business.
An intrusion detection system will sound an alarm in the event of any incident on the business’s premises.Whether that’s broken glass during a forced entry, a carbon monoxide detector getting triggered, or even a smoke and heat detector sounding off, this measure helps to alert local security services.
These devices also work as effective preventative measures in the event of a burglary. In fact, a study on the habits of burglars revealed that 60% of burglars would seek out another business if they noticed an alarm at their initial target. Furthermore, over half said they would retreat from the burglary attempt if the alarm went off during the intrusion.
Limiting, or at least monitoring, who has access to the business can help reduce employee theft as well as prevent customers from wandering into employee-only areas.
A physical key can be duplicated, and might require changing locks on a regular basis for added security. However, electronic access controls such as fobs, key cards, or biometrics can’t be duplicated and can provide an additional barrier to unwanted entry.
These electronic controls can also provide reports of access to the building for the month, or schedule access for employees or cleaning crews, for example.
System monitoring makes sure that alarms reach someone at all times and trigger a response. With an appropriate system monitor, an alarm system can be connected through phone lines, the internet, or even a cell network to a central station that is monitored around the clock, year-round. They will ensure that local authorities and emergency response services are alerted in the event of an emergency.
This is especially beneficial for rural or isolated businesses to ensure that their security needs are met as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Choosing a Security System
All of these security systems work well together to meet small businesses’ security needs. A professional security technician can help you identify the most relevant security concerns for your business in order to put together the most effective combination of security systems for your business and peace of mind.