Every busi­ness should rou­tine­ly con­duct a com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit to stay abreast of risks that threat­en its oper­a­tions, assets and peo­ple. There are a num­ber of ben­e­fits and knowl­edge to be gleaned from con­duct­ing these secu­ri­ty audits, and busi­ness own­ers can get per­son­al­ized advice and secu­ri­ty rec­om­men­da­tions from our experts at PROTECTION PLUS.

A com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit is an in-per­son assess­ment of your busi­ness that iden­ti­fies crit­i­cal secu­ri­ty vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties, along with rec­om­mend­ed steps and solu­tions for elim­i­nat­ing those gaps. The audit is a nec­es­sary mea­sure for under­stand­ing your busi­ness’ secu­ri­ty pol­i­cy strengths, oppor­tu­ni­ties and weak­ness­es, with the help of knowl­edge­able secu­ri­ty pro­fes­sion­als.

Let’s look at the key rea­sons to con­sid­er a com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit and what you will gain from it.

1) Uncover Security Vulnerabilities

Do you know where your secu­ri­ty vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties lie? Are they the same risks that you and your team iden­ti­fied when you opened the busi­ness?

Chances are your vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties have grown or evolved. Or, if you’ve nev­er care­ful­ly eval­u­at­ed your secu­ri­ty gaps before, then it could be only a mat­ter of time before your busi­ness is tar­get­ed.

With a com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit, a trained PROTECTION PLUS Secu­ri­ty Expert will do an in-depth eval­u­a­tion of your unique secu­ri­ty require­ments based on the con­di­tions inside and out­side your busi­ness. We’ll look at poten­tial entry points for intrud­ers, areas where inter­nal theft could go unde­tect­ed, how quick­ly author­i­ties could respond to an emer­gency and numer­ous oth­er fac­tors.

2) Law Compliance

Are there any laws that require your busi­ness to imple­ment spe­cif­ic secu­ri­ty mea­sures? Have you gone over every let­ter of the law with a fine-tooth comb to be sure that you are in com­pli­ance with the rules?

Just as one exam­ple, Ontario laws require cannabis stores to imple­ment numer­ous secu­ri­ty pro­to­cols, such as video sur­veil­lance sys­tems, secure entry points and secure dis­plays. Fail­ure to adhere to these laws can result in steep fines or loss of the busi­ness’s license.

A com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit will allow you to con­firm if your busi­ness is com­pli­ant with applic­a­ble laws regard­ing secu­ri­ty, and it will iden­ti­fy the steps you must take to get back in com­pli­ance.

3) Define Security Policies

Con­duct­ing a com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit will enable you to assess whether your company’s secu­ri­ty poli­cies are ade­quate and whether or not they are suc­cess­ful in their imple­men­ta­tion.

Beyond any secu­ri­ty tech­nol­o­gy that you have installed, it is vital that busi­ness­es set clear pro­to­cols for secu­ri­ty and safe­ty, espe­cial­ly in envi­ron­ments with valu­able assets. These poli­cies could be as sim­ple as defin­ing how the alarm sys­tem should be set or cre­at­ing employ­ee check­lists for clos­ing the busi­ness at the end of the night.

By uncov­er­ing vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties, a com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit can help you set more robust poli­cies for pre­vent­ing theft, break-ins and oth­er threats.

4) Find the Appropriate Security Solutions

Final­ly, an audit will iden­ti­fy spe­cif­ic secu­ri­ty solu­tions to help you elim­i­nate the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties uncov­ered dur­ing the assess­ment. For exam­ple, rec­om­men­da­tions could include par­ti­clu­ar types of video cam­eras, alarm sys­tems, locks, access con­trol sys­tems and oth­er solu­tions, based on your unique secu­ri­ty needs.

A PROTECTION PLUS Secu­ri­ty Expert will work with you to define the right solu­tions for your needs and bud­get.

Schedule a commercial security audit today

Find out which secu­ri­ty vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties pose a threat to your busi­ness. Con­tact PROTECTION PLUS to sched­ule a com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty audit.

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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.