If we attempted to cover every possible business security system, this article would be about 112 pages long. Instead, we’re going to focus on options for small and medium sized businesses from retail shops to office complexes.
Depending on your business, you’re probably just fine sticking with tried-and-true security methods like store-front gates, security cameras, and off-hours security staff. We’re firm believers in the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
For some businesses, it makes sense to take a look at more complex security systems. If you’ve got a large inventory of valuable merchandise, getting the best security you can afford is important. This holds true for businesses like jewelry stores and wholesalers or manufacturers who warehouse large amounts of high-demand materials like copper pipe and precious metals. The kind of security systems that are best suited for these types of businesses can be very different.
We’ll focus on off-hours security for retail storefronts. Depending on the type of business you run, you may need additional security to protect your employees and inventory during working hours as well. You’ll also need to consider security for your Internet-connected POS systems as well.
Some of the most effective store-front security measures are going to be the most simple. Good locks, gates, and security cameras are all great deterrents. Removing valuables from windows each night is also a best practice. Additional measures to consider include motion-sensor flood lights and motion-activated recording cameras (CCTV). You can consider adding a security service to your system but most electronic systems can alert you directly. It may be faster for you to alert the police than for your security service to set the wheels in motion. Sensors that alert you to broken glass or unlocked doors are also easy-to-add security measures for small retail businesses.
Security systems that cover large buildings, multiple points of entry, and specific interior inventory and equipment areas, are understandably more complex. We’ll cover some of the basics here. Our best advice is to work with a professional, do research, and thoroughly vet any security company you are considering signing a contract with.
Businesses with shift workers or a large staff may want to start with an access control system that provides control over who can enter your facility and tracks the movement of employees in and out of the building. In some cases, it’ll be important to restrict access to different areas within a building. You can accomplish all of this with one integrated system. These systems are available as standalone systems or as fully-integrated solutions that connect to the rest of your security infrastructure. You can also choose from a wide range of options including proximity cards, smart cards, and even biometrics.
Video Surveillance is always a good idea for industrial businesses and warehouses. Video cameras and CCTV systems that provide high resolution video day and night are one of the best first-line defenses and your best tool for investigating crimes and recovering losses. Be sure to work with a professional when installing a CCTV system. Placement is important to make sure coverage is sufficient, but also to ensure that your systems aren’t vulnerable to perpetrators who may try to disable them.
If you’ve got multiple sites or disparate systems that need to be connected, consider working with a security company that provides management services which may include hosted services, on-site or dedicated security staff, and other internal and external resources.
Whatever your security needs, a good place to start is by calling the pros at Bill’s Lock and Key. We’re here to answer questions, recommend, and install the best security system for your business.