Busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems are ben­e­fi­cial for run­ning a busi­ness from home or com­mer­cial prop­er­ty. Small busi­ness­es across Cana­da rely on secu­ri­ty to pro­tect against theft, cyber­crim­i­nals, and more.

At Pro­tec­tion Plus, we pride our­selves on being a Cana­di­an com­pa­ny focused on local com­pa­nies.

Being a small busi­ness does­n’t pre­clude you from secu­ri­ty threats. In fact, accord­ing to a recent arti­cle in Forbes, small busi­ness­es are more like­ly to be tar­get­ed for cyber­crime.

This arti­cle will dis­cuss the ben­e­fits of invest­ing in small busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems and how they work.

More Efficient Business Practices

It might be a sur­prise to learn that busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems do more than guard your prop­er­ty against theft. Access con­trol sys­tems are touch­less, wire­less, and cloud-based. The sys­tem allows access from any­where you go with a sim­ple app.

This pro­vides a phe­nom­e­nal advance­ment in retail, improv­ing the bot­tom line and turnover rates with stream­lined sched­ule man­age­ment. Staff can access your prop­er­ty with­out addi­tion­al train­ing for key­hold­ing or the require­ment of super­vis­ing staff.

You can unlock and lock the doors to your busi­ness with the touch of a but­ton. Remote access con­trol also trans­fers to inter­nal sys­tems like your ther­mo­stat.

Thus, you can turn the A/C on or off and set tem­per­a­ture con­trols from any­where.

A Safer Workplace for Your Employees

Your busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tem observes poten­tial threats from the out­side and mon­i­tors the inside of your busi­ness dur­ing work hours.

There­fore, you can keep tabs on employ­ee per­for­mance and spot prob­lem areas before acci­dents occur.

Video record­ings of on-site slip-and-fall injuries can also help you bet­ter under­stand the safe­ty needs of your small busi­ness. This pro­tects you as an employ­er against fraud­u­lent claims by employ­ees.

Your legal team can use all video sur­veil­lance footage if you need to go to court. This is high­ly ben­e­fi­cial in a con­flict where it’s chal­leng­ing to prove who is in the right.

Reduced Need for On-Site Security Means Fewer Costs

While some small busi­ness­es retain on-site secu­ri­ty dur­ing off-hours, you can cut these costs with busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems.

At Pro­tec­tion Plus, for exam­ple, our busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems include a vari­ety of fea­tures to:

  • Record intruders/loiterers
  • Send video direct­ly to you if an alarm is acti­vat­ed
  • Send alerts if a door or win­dow is opened
  • Alert you if doors or win­dows are left open after clos­ing

Invest­ing in a full-ser­vice busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tem can cus­tomize your plan to fit your busi­ness. Our sys­tem offers options for around-the-clock sur­veil­lance. Your prop­er­ty will be mon­i­tored remote­ly, noti­fy­ing you dur­ing a secu­ri­ty breach.

Monitoring and Reducing Inventory Theft

Many busi­ness own­ers wor­ry about the threat of an after-hours vis­i­tor rob­bing or van­dal­iz­ing prop­er­ty. How­ev­er, there are also risks inside your busi­ness.

Pty theft is a com­mon prob­lem for retail ser­vices and small busi­ness­es with prod­ucts for sale. Inte­ri­or secu­ri­ty cam­eras help mon­i­tor shop­pers and oth­er peo­ple com­ing and going. This keeps you in the know about miss­ing prod­ucts.

You can also dis­cern sen­si­tive areas of your busi­ness by watch­ing your secu­ri­ty footage. This rais­es ques­tions like:

  • Are there dark cor­ners where it’s eas­i­er to con­ceal things?
  • Are the racks in the back block­ing your view of the bath­room?
  • Could inter­nal secu­ri­ty be improved with more floor walk­ers?
  • Do I need a greeter?
  • Are staff dis­tract­ed dur­ing shoplift­ing inci­dents, and should I hire more employ­ees?

Ulti­mate­ly, under­stand­ing the weak­ness­es of your small busi­ness lets you bet­ter pro­tect your­self against threats and loss.

Potentially Discounted Insurance Rates

When you apply for busi­ness insur­ance, your insur­ance provider looks at var­i­ous fac­tors.

One of these fac­tors is secu­ri­ty and past per­for­mance in secu­ri­ty and theft. Are you a lia­bil­i­ty as a busi­ness insur­ance cus­tomer? This is what your insur­er wants to know.

Busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems pro­tect you and your insur­er against loss. This makes insur­ance com­pa­nies hap­py and could impact your pre­mi­ums. Speak with your insur­ance car­ri­er about the secu­ri­ty sys­tem’s role in your insur­ance costs.

A Crime Deterrent

Crim­i­nals are less like­ly to tar­get a small busi­ness where a secu­ri­ty sys­tem is evi­dent, pri­mar­i­ly if the secu­ri­ty sys­tem fea­tures cam­eras. Why? Because secu­ri­ty footage can be used to pros­e­cute.

Accord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice, CCTV secu­ri­ty sys­tems impact crime pre­ven­tion. Your busi­ness may become less of a tar­get if cam­eras are vis­i­ble vs a near­by busi­ness with no secu­ri­ty sys­tem.

Work­ing proac­tive­ly to reduce crime is bet­ter for your bot­tom line than deal­ing with crime as it hap­pens.

Avoid break-ins and van­dal­ism by tak­ing steps to pro­tect your small busi­ness and every­thing you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Protection Against Storm Damage

Floods, fires, and oth­er dis­as­ters hap­pen no mat­ter how safe your busi­ness is.

A full-ser­vice secu­ri­ty sys­tem lets you keep tabs on these poten­tial issues with real-time access to video feeds and remote alerts from fire and Co2 alarms.

If these warn­ings come ear­ly, there is a poten­tial­ly larg­er win­dow for sav­ing prod­ucts and inven­to­ry.

A busi­ness with­out a remote sig­nal of a flood in the shop base­ment could lose thou­sands of prod­ucts before real­iz­ing there was a leak. On the oth­er hand, ear­ly detec­tion allows for quick action.

Secu­ri­ty sur­veil­lance also helps prove your case if there is an insur­ance dis­pute. If your insur­ance cov­ers floods, but your insur­er isn’t con­vinced a flood caused dam­age to your shop, you can pro­vide record­ed evi­dence of the event.

Contact Protection Plus Today

Pro­tec­tion Plus works with clients across Ontario. Our busi­ness keeps your busi­ness safe and takes our job very seri­ous­ly.

As we serve new clients, one of the ways we sup­port small busi­ness­es is through a busi­ness secu­ri­ty audit. An audit of cur­rent risk fac­tors, weak points, and secu­ri­ty sys­tems helps us cus­tomize prod­ucts and ser­vices based on your needs.

Inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about how busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tems can ben­e­fit small Cana­di­an busi­ness­es? We can help! Con­tact us today by call­ing 1–844-365‑7587 or reach out online.

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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.