Securing your business is about more than simply putting a lock on the door. The consequence of a break in can be little short of disastrous, with financial loss, a damaged reputation, and reduced productivity being but three of many potential consequences.
However, following a few basic common-sense practices can help you go a long way toward making sure your premises are safe from thieves and robbers. By making sure your security essentials are in place, you can prevent the unthinkable happening to your business.
A decent alarm system might seem like an extremely basic security measure, but alarms still have a valuable part to play in modern business security. Alarms are not necessarily created equal, either, with available systems ranging from relatively simple keypad-operated devices intended for home use, to multi-sensor models which use a central computer to co-ordinate and monitor comings and goings within your property.
Whatever alarm system you go for, it’s best to avoid buying the cheapest option for cost reasons alone. Low-quality alarms can be unreliable, and may not give the user any indication if they fail. By investing in a reliable system, you may ultimately save yourself a lot of money.
CCTV is, of course, another staple of modern security suites, and has come a long way from its origins of single cameras recording straight to VCR. These days, networked systems are common, letting one operator monitor cameras from several rooms. In addition, modern fishbowl-type fittings allow for true 360 degree vision with no blind spots, increasing the security level of your property considerably.
One important point of note with CCTV is that such as system will only act as a deterrent if you advertise the fact that it is there. Put clear warnings up stating that CCTV recording is taking place, as this will discourage thieves from targeting your premises. The old saying that “prevention is better than cure” is certainly true in the security business.
Access control systems are a little more direct than alarms and CCTV, in that they actually prevent unauthorised persons from entering your premises. This doesn’t necessarily have to include out of hours burglars, either: access control can also be used to keep employees out of areas they aren’t supposed to go to (for example, a warehouse or factory floor), or used to give certain people access to areas only at certain times of day.
In reality “access control” is an umbrella term for many different systems concerned with letting the right people into your premises. Keypad-activated locks and swipecards are two fairly familiar technologies, but biometric devices such as thumbprint and retinal scanners are becoming increasingly common.
If managing your own security seems like a little too much of a headache, you could consider contracting an independent security company to do the work for you. Using a security company will usually give you access to trained and licensed security guards. This acts as a major deterrent to thieves, especially if those guards are stationed on your premises and clearly visible.
Many security companies also sell security systems, too, ensuring that you have the right CCTV, alarm and access control technology for your premises. This is an especially good option if you are not technically or security minded, and you want someone to discuss your options with before you purchase such a system. Your security company may even be able to monitor your alarm and CCTV services for you, giving you the peace of mind that comes from true 24 hour security.
About the Author: Pipa Rose is a security consultant and writer. Her top security tip is to discuss your alarm and CCTV needs with your security company before purchasing.