A com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty sys­tem can safe­guard your busi­ness from threats such as break-ins, bur­glar­ies, van­dal­ism and fire. But if you’re eval­u­at­ing your options, you may won­der what your alarm sys­tem includes.

In truth, there is no “one size fits all” com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty sys­tem. Each alarm sys­tem should be designed to fit your unique needs and the desired lev­el of secu­ri­ty. So while there are numer­ous com­po­nents that your secu­ri­ty sys­tem can include, there are a few that we rec­om­mend con­sid­er­ing for most busi­ness­es.

Here are some crit­i­cal options and how they work to keep your com­mer­cial prop­er­ty safe.

Essential Parts of a Commercial Security System

1) Alarm System Control Panel / Keypad

The con­trol pan­el is like the “brains” of your com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty sys­tems. It enables all the oth­er com­po­nents below to work togeth­er, com­mu­ni­cate, and send alarm sig­nals to you and the mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter. The con­trol pan­el also makes your sys­tem easy to con­trol from a sin­gle key­pad (though most sys­tems today also allow you to man­age your sys­tem from your smart­phone).

2) Door and Window Contacts

Win­dows and doors are the weak­est links in a secu­ri­ty chain. Door and win­dow con­tacts help change that by detect­ing when these entry points are opened or dis­rupt­ed. When the con­nec­tion is bro­ken (i.e., when a door is opened while the sys­tem is armed), the con­tact instant­ly sends the sig­nal to the alarm pan­el. The alarm sounds, and the mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter is noti­fied (if equipped).

Door and win­dow con­tacts can be paired with win­dow film and bro­ken glass sen­sors to alert your sys­tem when­ev­er there is an issue with your win­dows or doors.

3) Smoke and Fire Detectors

Smoke and fire detec­tors are cru­cial com­po­nents of a com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty sys­tem. Unlike a stand­alone smoke detec­tor, these devices are inte­grat­ed with your alarm sys­tem. There­by, your mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter is alert­ed at the first fire signs.

4) 24/7 Monitoring by a Monitoring Center

A mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter pro­vides 24/7/365 secu­ri­ty by auto­mat­i­cal­ly receiv­ing alarm sig­nals from your prop­er­ty. Mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter staff are spe­cial­ized in deliv­er­ing full-spec­trum sur­veil­lance. When your alarm is acti­vat­ed, they respond swift­ly to noti­fy you and the prop­er author­i­ties. So, for exam­ple, if your sys­tem detects an intrud­er, an audi­ble alarm will sound, and author­i­ties will be dis­patched once ver­i­fied. Mon­i­tor­ing ser­vices are a crit­i­cal tool that increas­es the over­all pro­tec­tion of a busi­ness.

5) Motion sensors

Motion sen­sors detect motion in places where there should­n’t be any. For exam­ple, the alarm will be trig­gered if your sys­tem is armed and motion is detect­ed inside your prop­er­ty.

6) Cameras

Secu­ri­ty cam­eras help you cap­ture crime when it hap­pens, such as van­dal­ism, bur­glary and tres­pass­ing, and they also allow you to mon­i­tor employ­ee behav­iour. Addi­tion­al­ly, the mere pres­ence of secu­ri­ty cam­eras can act as a deter­rent, pre­vent­ing crimes from occur­ring in the first place.

7) Access Control

Access con­trol is essen­tial for any envi­ron­ment that requires door secu­ri­ty and the abil­i­ty to mon­i­tor who is com­ing and going. Access con­trol from PROTECTION PLUS can be as sim­ple as a key­pad, dig­i­tal read­er or smart­phone app. There­by pro­vid­ing elec­tron­ic access to your autho­rized per­son­nel while stor­ing data about each entry in case you need to review it.

8) Environmental Sensors

In addi­tion to smoke & fire detec­tors, your com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty sys­tem can also be equipped with addi­tion­al sen­sors. Sen­sors for detect­ing oth­er envi­ron­men­tal issues, such as gas leaks, car­bon monox­ide, tem­per­a­ture and water/flooding.

Learn more about your options.

Because each build­ing and busi­ness is unique, a cus­tomized secu­ri­ty solu­tion that address­es your com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty sys­tem and every secu­ri­ty need for your busi­ness is an excel­lent option. Con­tact PROTECTION PLUS for a no-oblig­a­tion secu­ri­ty sys­tem con­sul­ta­tion today to find the best fit for your busi­ness.

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Allan Baum
Allan Baum founded Protection Plus with his wife Neseh in 1994. He has worked in the security industry since 1991. His educational background includes an MBA from York University ( when it was still York) and a B.A. from McGill. Allan and Neseh have three wonderful children who are now considered adults and an equally wonderful dog named Waub.