Man­ag­ing a small busi­ness is all about mul­ti­task­ing. We know it’s a con­stant bal­anc­ing act of what is the cur­rent pri­or­i­ty. We also know that secu­ri­ty some­times takes a back seat to seem­ing­ly more press­ing prob­lems of the day. So we’re here to help with a few sug­ges­tions to ensure all your hard work is pro­tect­ed. Small Busi­ness Secu­ri­ty Solu­tions are not just about detec­tion but also about PROTECTION. It’s essen­tial to be proac­tive and for your cus­tomers and employ­ees to know you have tak­en sol­id secu­ri­ty mea­sures. And be assured that not all secu­ri­ty fea­tures are expen­sive to imple­ment or can be done in phas­es as the bud­get allows.
1. If you run a store­front office or retail oper­a­tion, intro­duce a “Clear Zone” pol­i­cy. To achieve this, you must cre­ate clear sight lines from the street to your front desk or counter. You are much safer if Police and passers­by can eas­i­ly see your point of sale. So take some time to remove a few posters from a win­dow, and don’t use blinds on all your win­dows. This can be enhanced with the use of cam­eras and mon­i­tors.
2. If you have employ­ees that open and close your busi­ness and have key priv­i­leges, think about intro­duc­ing a high-secu­ri­ty key sys­tem with key con­trol. Know­ing how many keys you have in cir­cu­la­tion and who has them is impor­tant! This sim­ple switch to a key con­trol sys­tem means that keys can­not be cut at the local cor­ner store. Only when autho­rized by you by at a licensed lock­smith com­pa­ny.
3. When your busi­ness is in an indus­tri­al area that becomes “aban­doned” at 5:10 pm every day, you can be vul­ner­a­ble to a “smash and grab”. A busi­ness can be cleaned out of office equip­ment and inven­to­ry in min­utes with no wit­ness­es. Those win­dows that make your office live­able when you are there make it vul­ner­a­ble when you are not. To reduce this vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty con­sid­er secu­ri­ty win­dow film or win­dow bars to secure your glass.
4. We hear many front-line work­ers in offices and retail oper­a­tions that fear con­fronta­tion from rob­bers or angry clients. So how do we pro­tect with­out cre­at­ing a prison feel and look? Some sim­ple design changes or con­sid­er­a­tions can make a world of dif­fer­ence. While “open con­cept” is preva­lent in many spaces, you may want to think again at your front entrance. Cre­at­ing a front foy­er with a counter, wall and door (lock­able) leads to small busi­ness secu­ri­ty solu­tions that pro­vide you with some phys­i­cal pro­tec­tion. A bar­ri­er like this pre­vents an intrud­er from rush­ing into your busi­ness while still being wel­com­ing if done taste­ful­ly.
5. Many small busi­ness­es can some­times have few employ­ees on-site at any giv­en time. Or you may be hand­ing valu­able inven­to­ry over the counter. How do you make your staff feel safe? If you already have a mon­i­tored bur­glar alarm sys­tem, it’s not a dif­fi­cult upgrade to install an under counter or under desk pan­ic but­ton. This allows you or your employ­ee to acti­vate an alarm (it can be silent) by insert­ing your fin­ger into a pan­ic switch. This noti­fies the mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion that you are in imme­di­ate dan­ger, and they can instruct the author­i­ties accord­ing­ly.
Of course, there is always more that you can do, but these five tips will go a long way to mak­ing your busi­ness a safer and more secure place.

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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.