When it comes to busi­ness secu­ri­ty, there’s a seem­ing­ly end­less num­ber of tech­nolo­gies and tools avail­able to today’s busi­ness­es. And while each solu­tion is designed to fill a spe­cif­ic secu­ri­ty gap, it’s under­stand­able that some busi­ness own­ers become over­whelmed by all the dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies, espe­cial­ly if they’re unfa­mil­iar with their options.

In this post, we start with the basics to help you get acquaint­ed with the most com­mon types of busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems. This list is by no means exhaus­tive. Instead, it focus­es on three solu­tions that pro­vide the fun­da­men­tal lay­ers of pro­tec­tion that many com­pa­nies require, across a wide array of indus­tries. We explain in clear terms what each sys­tem does and why it’s impor­tant.

1) Commercial alarm system

At its most basic, a com­mer­cial alarm sys­tem pro­vides pro­tec­tion against break-ins, intrud­ers and/or unau­tho­rized access to the secure areas of your busi­ness. It serves as a watch­ful eye over your busi­ness, alert­ing you (and mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter dis­patch­ers) if some­one attempts to gain entry into your busi­ness while the sys­tem is alarmed.

Alarms can be acti­vat­ed by dif­fer­ent types of sen­sors, depend­ing on the need. For exam­ple, small door and win­dow con­tacts can be installed to trig­ger the alarm if a door is opened or a win­dow is bro­ken while the busi­ness is closed. Alarms can also be trig­gered by motion, cam­eras and envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, such as the pres­ence of smoke, water or extreme tem­per­a­tures.

Addi­tion­al­ly, with 24-hour alarm mon­i­tor­ing, author­i­ties can be dis­patched by trained spe­cial­ists when your alarm is trig­gered. This is anoth­er cru­cial lay­er of pro­tec­tion, because it ensures that police will be sent if a break-in or bur­glary is in progress.

2) Business security cameras


Secu­ri­ty cam­eras pro­vide a clear­er pic­ture of what’s hap­pen­ing at your busi­ness. The pres­ence of cam­eras alone can help to deter crim­i­nal activ­i­ty (includ­ing inter­nal theft). But also, the footage will allow you to see every­thing that’s hap­pen­ing at your prop­er­ty, 24 hours a day.

Select sys­tems allow you to view live footage on your mobile phone or oth­er Inter­net-con­nect­ed devices. If a crime is com­mit­ted, you can review the footage to see what hap­pened. Plus, you can pro­vide it to author­i­ties and your insur­ance com­pa­ny, when applic­a­ble.

Secu­ri­ty cam­eras can be seam­less­ly inte­grat­ed with your busi­ness alarm sys­tem, allow­ing you to man­age every­thing from the same devices. Addi­tion­al­ly, for busi­ness­es that need deep­er insight into activ­i­ty at their loca­tions, the secu­ri­ty cam­eras can be equipped to pro­vide:

  • Heat map­ping
  • Occu­pan­cy track­ing
  • Crowd gath­er­ing
  • Peo­ple count­ing
  • Queue mon­i­tor­ing

Of course, not all busi­ness­es will require these capa­bil­i­ties. Your cam­eras and secu­ri­ty sys­tem can be cus­tomized to meet the spe­cif­ic needs of the busi­ness.

3) Access control systems

Access con­trol sys­tems are essen­tial for any busi­ness that needs to pro­vide secure access to their build­ings. This can include offices, retail stores, ware­hous­es, indus­tri­al facil­i­ties and near­ly any oth­er type of busi­ness envi­ron­ment.

Access con­trol sys­tems elim­i­nate the need for key man­age­ment, which can be cum­ber­some, time-con­sum­ing and high­ly unse­cure.

Access con­trol sys­tems allow you to per­mit entry to your autho­rized per­son­nel, on any sched­ule, with the use of key­less devices, such as key fobs, cards or employee’s per­son­al smart­phones. When employ­ees are ter­mi­nat­ed or resign, there’s no need to col­lect keys or change any locks – you sim­ply deac­ti­vate their access. Addi­tion­al­ly, the sys­tem can keep record of all activ­i­ty, allow­ing you to mon­i­tor who’s enter­ing your busi­ness and when.

Additional solutions to consider

The three solu­tions above pro­vide essen­tial lay­ers of secu­ri­ty for many types of busi­ness. But again, every com­pa­ny has unique secu­ri­ty needs. For some types of busi­ness­es, there may be oth­er high-pri­or­i­ty equip­ment to con­sid­er, such as secu­ri­ty bars, win­dow film and com­mer­cial-grade locks.

Con­tact PROTECTION PLUS for a com­pre­hen­sive secu­ri­ty audit, and our experts will help you iden­ti­fy the right solu­tions for your needs.

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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.