While the majority of small businesses will not require some of the more high-level security measures of a larger enterprise, such as multi-authentication access control or man traps, they still need comprehensive 24/7 security.
Thinking Small Can Mean Huge Loss
Unfortunately, many small businesses fail to implement enough security because they believe that since they aren’t a large enterprise, they aren’t a serious target for criminals. Nothing can be further from the truth. The fact is, criminals love smaller businesses because they are less likely to implement adequate security measures, making their job far easier. Criminals are more likely to target a small business because small businesses are:
Likely to have inadequate security
May have taken a DIY approach to security systems
Probably do not have a monitored video surveillance system
Lack in proper lighting and locks
Improving Small Business Physical Security
You do not have to be a huge multi-site facility or business to need, benefit from, or have the ability to afford physical security measures. There are many very affordable security system options and simple security practices from which businesses of every size can benefit.
Here are some simple and affordable ways you can protect your business from serious things like theft, vandalism, fraud, sexual harassment, and workplace violence.
Every business needs to consider access control. Access control can help you allow off-hours deliveries or services, or to quickly add or change who has access without having to incur the costs of rekeying locks. Access control can also allow for the safe management of visitors to controlled areas, like the doctor’s office or document rooms.
Gain Greater Awareness Using Video Surveillance
Video surveillance is probably the most common, versatile, and valuable of all security system options. The presence of video surveillance systems help deter crime but have the added advantage of providing a greater business awareness. A comprehensive security camera system can provide an immense amount of intelligence, such as a better understanding of what areas of the business a customer is drawn to, or if customer service is up to par, for example. Owners can view a live feed anytime, and from anywhere to help manage the business even while taking a few hours away.
Alarm Systems are a Must
Alarm systems such as smoke, fire, CO2, and intrusion are a must. One of the ways many small businesses fail in this area is by assuming that the building in which they occupy is already adequately equipped. The best bet is to get a professional security evaluation to see if any existing systems are in working order.
Professional Monitoring is not an Extra
If your business was to catch fire, how long would it take for someone to call authorities? Most people are astonished to learn that most people think that if an alarm sounds that it automatically goes to a dispatch and that help is already on the way. That is if they even hear it to respond! When it takes a robbery less than 10 minutes to complete, and a fire to cause major damage in the same amount of time, every second counts. Professional monitoring ensures that the moment the alarm is tripped, someone is acting.
Make security a small business priority. There is a wide range of affordable and effective solutions that will help reduce your risks and even help boost profits! Call Apex Alarms today for more information. 337.564.5239