Find­ing a suit­able secu­ri­ty sys­tem for your busi­ness is one of the most impor­tant things you will do for your com­pa­ny, yet it is often over­looked until most oth­er con­sid­er­a­tions of open­ing a new loca­tion are sat­is­fac­to­ry. It’s irra­tional for a busi­ness own­er to invest a lot of time and mon­ey in a busi­ness that is not secure.

Smart busi­ness own­ers under­stand the need for com­mer­cial alarm sys­tems for keep­ing their facil­i­ties and oper­a­tions safe from intrud­ers and thieves, but some­times even the smartest ones can make mis­takes when pur­chas­ing an alarm sys­tem.

Com­mon mis­takes include:

1. Assum­ing that all alarm sys­tems are the same

Tra­di­tion­al alarm sys­tems, such as motion detec­tion, tend to respond to all forms of move­ment in a spe­cif­ic area. So a bird, car, bal­loon, or even a fluc­tu­a­tion of tem­per­a­ture can set off the alarm. Such false alarms can cost you extra in terms of false alarm fees or can impact your cred­i­bil­i­ty with law enforce­ment. Worse still, crim­i­nals know the lim­i­ta­tions of such sys­tems and know how to bypass them.

2. Buy­ing more/less than you need

Sales­peo­ple typ­i­cal­ly try to sell you the most expen­sive pack­age, which is usu­al­ly the one con­tain­ing all types of new tech­nolo­gies. The prob­lem is that busi­ness­es do not real­ly need all those mod­ern fea­tures that come with the lat­est alarm sys­tems. Con­verse­ly, buy­ing a cheap sys­tem may not pro­vide suf­fi­cient secu­ri­ty for your busi­ness.

3. Fail­ure to research the options

As men­tioned in the first point, not all sys­tems are the same. Buy­ing an alarm sys­tem that you found in anoth­er orga­ni­za­tion may not nec­es­sar­i­ly be the best move for your busi­ness. Secu­ri­ty needs are dif­fer­ent, and you need to con­sid­er the fea­tures of all options with­in your price range, so you choose what fits your com­pa­ny the best. Con­sid­er things like motion detec­tors, infrared video, auto­mat­ic police alerts, alarms, and oth­er fac­tors as the rep­u­ta­tion of the com­pa­ny sell­ing them.

4. Fail­ing to secure all pos­si­ble entrances

Many offices have mul­ti­ple entry and exit points for safe­ty pur­pos­es. While some entrances may remain per­ma­nent­ly closed until the need aris­es, it is still be impor­tant to keep an eye on all entrances and exits using a suit­able alarm sys­tem.

5. For­get­ting to acti­vate the alarm sys­tem

Even the best and most advanced alarm sys­tem will not pro­tect your busi­ness if you for­get to turn it on! For some, set­ting the alarm may seem like a has­sle, but mak­ing it part of your rou­tine will make it fast and easy with­out any extra thought.

Choos­ing the right sys­tem will not only help to pro­tect your busi­ness data, facil­i­ties, and inven­to­ry but also give you val­ue for mon­ey.

6. Not explor­ing all avenues of pro­tec­tion

Alarm Sys­tems work, no ques­tion about it. The sim­ple fact that insur­ance com­pa­nies offer dis­counts for poli­cies with mon­i­tor­ing alarms proves the point. But what about oth­er meth­ods of secu­ri­ty;

Busi­ness own­ers should look at their unique needs and find a com­pa­ny that can expert­ly help them.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.