Improve business security with these 6 tips
Your business and/or commercial building can turn into a vulnerable situation if you have not taken steps to improve business security. When it comes to theft, burglary from outside is just one area of concern.
The National Federation of Independent Business indicates annual losses due to employee theft cost U.S. companies $200 billion annually. Large businesses aren’t the only ones to suffer – more than 60% of small businesses experience employee theft of equipment, products and manufacturing materials to stolen money and padded time sheets. The key is taking measures that deter both inside and outside theft. Use the following tips to get started.
Start with an effective security system
A security system for a business or commercial property is a must have to deter would-be thieves. An effective security system includes making sure windows and doors are secure, then adding sensors so an alarm goes off when one is opened while the system is armed. Glass break detectors are another option. If someone breaks the glass, the alarm goes off. We also recommend motion detectors in areas where you do not expect anyone to be walking around. Loud sirens are another integral part of the system. While we do not require a monitoring contract when installing a system for our clients, we do recommend 24-hour monitoring services so you get a quick response if the alarm goes off. Finally, your security system should be integrated with the other components mentioned below. Click here to read our article about choosing a security system.
Install CCTV monitoring systems
Improve business security by using video cameras in key areas of your business helps protect your business against theft and other crimes. The cameras also come in handy when it comes to productivity and conduct of your employees. The key is to work with your security company to determine the best locations for the cameras so you keep an eye on the most important concerns in the business. Video systems that allow for remote video viewing and monitoring work best, as you can see what's going on from anywhere. We offer complete CCTV monitoring systems, including systems with up to 100 cameras and our own Network Video Recorders (NVR), also known as black boxes, scaled to meet our customer's precise needs.
Monitor from afar
You don't have to be in the building to control what's going on with your business or property. Instead, put your smartphone to work to improve business security. Our customers use Honeywell Total Connect, available for iOS and Android devices. This app gives you the ability to view video camera footage from numerous cameras, let employees into high security areas with the touch of a button, and control Z-Wave enabled appliances and thermostats. You can also arm the security system and send video clips to monitoring personnel if an alarm is tripped, allowing first responders to get they information needed to act fast. GPS Vehicle and Asset Tracking is also available.
Make your business less tempting to break into by installing motion-activated floodlights. The goal should be to install lighting in prime locations where the intruder will be startled and also temporarily blinded. The optimal locations for spotlights are typically around building entrances and exits such as doors, garages and gates. Install motion-sensor floodlights near windows and landscaping, too.
Another way to improve business security requires removing tall bushes and other landscaping that make it easy for thieves to hide while they wait to break into your business. Consider installing high fencing around the perimeter of your building to keep the activity at your company from attracting thieves.
Add user access systems
If you have employees, one way to improve business security is using a keyless entry system provides multiple benefits, including creating trails that show where your employees have been while in the building. Time card manipulation is another concern, so installing an access system that verifies when employees come and go is vital. You can also use an access system to create areas where only authorized users are allowed and more specifically, restrict the hours staff can be in certain areas. Consider using biometric access that relies on human characteristics to control access to various areas.