As we approach the New Year, now is the ideal time to begin your security planning for 2023 and ensure your business is adequately protected.
Newer technologies have made today’s business security solutions stronger than ever, providing better protection against theft, break-ins, burglary, vandalism, fire and other threats. If you haven’t updated your security deployments in the last few years, chances are you’re leaving your business at risk.
Use this guide to help you reevaluate your existing security, identify weaknesses and prioritize upgrades.
Implement a stronger security foundation
A commercial alarm system is still the critical foundation of your business security. But if you’re relying on older technology, then it’s probably time for an update.
Today’s commercial security systems provide better detection of intruders with advanced door/window sensors, motion detectors, glass-break break sensors and other features, such as face recognition. You can use partitions to separate important parts of your business, integrate employee access control features and manage everything from a smartphone, wherever you are. Plus, with alarm monitoring, you can be sure that authorities are promptly dispatched when incidents occur.
Strengthen entry points
Even with a security system in place, criminals will still look for weaknesses in your doors and windows. Additional layers of protection are thus very important for preventing break-ins, especially when the business is closed.
Stronger door locks and other door hardware are essential for thwarting intrusion. Similarly, window film and security bars are strongly recommended to prevent access through ground-level windows.
Simplify and secure your access control
Today’s access control systems make it much easier to provide secure access to your building, while also tracking who’s coming and going. These systems are inherently more secure than providing traditional keys to employees, because they remove the risk of keys being copied (as well as the need to constantly rekey the lock when keys go missing). Authorized users can gain access with a key code, key fob or their mobile phone (without even removing it from their pocket).
Some systems also feature built-in cameras and two-way communication, which is ideal for communicating with delivery personnel and visitors.
Gain a clearer view of your premises, indoors and out
Newer security cameras give you much greater insight into what’s happening at your business. The presence of these cameras alone can deter theft by customers and your own employees. If an incident occurs, whether it’s burglary, vandalism, illegal dumping or other activity, you’ll have clear footage to provide to police and insurance companies.
There are numerous types of camera systems available for indoor and outdoor installation, offering features such as off-site viewing, AI-powered motion detection, sound detection and night vision, just to name a few.
Prioritizing your security updates
If you’re not sure how to prioritize your security planning, consider some of the following questions:
- Have there been any security incidents in the last 3 years?
- What lapses or security failures allowed those incidents to occur? Were specific systems at fault?
- Have you recently conducted a risk assessment of your business? How have your security needs changed over time?
- Is your business subject to any laws that require you to implement certain types of security systems, such as security cameras for select retail environments?
Conducting a business security audit
The single best way to approach your planning is to request a business security audit. A security professional from PROTECTION PLUS will conduct an extensive audit of the security vulnerabilities at your location and will propose options that fit your needs. Contact us today to request an audit or learn more about the security solutions outlined above.
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