It is an exciting moment: You are finally opening or developing a physical location for your small business. Whether it is a factory, an office, a store, or something else, this is a huge step in developing your firm to reach your goals.
While you may be spending all your time, energy, and money developing the interior, the organization, the move, and all the other essential elements, it is crucial that you don’t neglect the security part of the project.
Here are four reasons your small business must have on-site security systems.
1. Intruder alarms help discourage crime.
While alarms do assist in alerting you of suspicious activity in or around your business, they also go a step further and actually discourage any crime from occurring on your premises.
Small businesses that don’t have obvious alarms surrounding them are vulnerable to even the most inexperienced criminals.
Alarms, combined with a surveillance camera system, are the best way to deter and diminish the chance of theft or other criminal activity. Not only does this save your business from losing everything, but it reduces the stress on your shoulders, as you know that your store or office is protected as much as possible.
2. CCTV protection systems improve all aspects of your business.
CCTV monitoring is one of the most common forms of surveillance available today. In fact, it is so popular that most businesses (of all sizes) employ some form of CCTV protection system. A well-designed placement of your CCTV protection system can render 100 percent security coverage.
Not only do CCTV cameras prevent and reduce chances of theft, but they also provide real-time video surveillance which will be invaluable if needed as criminal evidence. And, as the small business owner, you can determine where to put them to guarantee they are in high-risk areas.
For small business owners, CCTV cameras can also assist in boosting employee productivity as workers tend to operate more efficiently and to a higher standard when being monitored. Due to the fact they capture many moments in the business, CCTV security cameras can resolve internal business disputes and put a stop to sexual harassment.
Depending on the niche your business operates in, CCTV video surveillance systems may be necessary to ensure lone worker safety. For example, if an accident or dangerous incident were to occur, then a high-quality surveillance system would be able to send an instant alert to ensure the employee is safe.
Keep in mind that in many industries, CCTV video surveillance systems are actually required to comply with governmental safety regulations.
3. Access controls are faster and safer than locks.
Taking the lead of bigger businesses, many small businesses are upgrading their lock systems to access systems. Both are used to ensure unwanted guests are not able to enter, but access controls are faster and a lot safer.
Access controls usually consist of a gate entry system or a keyless entry system, which gives you as a small business owner less hassle to unlock or lock doors, gates or entries. Instead, you open and close them remotely!
In addition to making your life easier and reducing the hassle you have to deal with, access controls are also a lot more customizable and cannot be duplicated, like keys can. In terms of customizing, you can set it so that your manager has greater access than your employees, or you can give access dependent on a case-by-case basis.
Plus, access controls enable you to keep up-to-date records of everyone who has entered and exited the premises.
4. Fire alarms can minimize damage and protect your employees.
But intruder alarms, access controls, and CCTV cameras are not the only necessary security systems for small businesses; fire alarms are also integral. If you want to (and you absolutely should) protect your property and your employees, then you need a high-quality fire alarm system.
So much destruction can be prevented by the early detection of fires. Especially for a small business, the damage that could result from a fire can rapidly kill your chances of success.
Protect your business, your employees and your dreams and invest in a fire alarm system.
Does your small business have on-site security systems? If not, why? What is stopping you from investing in the future of your business? Let us know in the comments below
Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.