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

Security cameraA 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

Entry point securityEven 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

Securing doorsToday’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

security planningNew­er 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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Mike Wedmann
Mike Wedmann is an experienced Security Industry Professional with over 25 years experience as a Security Integrator and Project Manager. Mike has been with Protection Plus Inc. for over 20 years. Mike has lived in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years with his wife, 2 kids and a dog named Bart. He has an educational background in Communications and writing. Mike is a published author that writes about his experiences on various topics, including his experience as a parent. Primarily Mike writes about Security Industry products and Security Solutions that benefit consumers.