Why You Need To Take Your Business’s Security Systems Seriously
The chances of your business being burglarized vary depending on where you live, what your business focuses on or sells, and the current economic climate. People may be more likely to burglarize a store around the holidays, when many are financially stressed and in need of additional money. Furthermore, it’s important to remember that not all theft comes in the form of burglary. Employees may also commit theft if they feel that the opportunity is right, or if they are desperate enough.
This is why it’s important to invest in a comprehensive commercial security system for your business. Although you may not be worried about theft now, it’s better to avoid the issue entirely and install commercial access control systems, as well as alarms and surveillance systems that will both prevent theft and make tracking thefts that do occur easier. However, there are certain things that you consider know before investing in any commercial security solutions.
Won’t Surveillance Make My Employees Feel Watched?
There is a fine line between trusting your employees and instilling too much trust in people that you may not know overly well. Any employee can potentially commit theft, whether that includes the theft of products or the theft of money from a cash register. It’s completely reasonable for a business owner to install security cameras in areas like the store’s main floors and cash-handling areas. This ensures that theft can be tracked, and not merely theft committed by employees.
When introducing the concept of new surveillance cameras to employees, you should make it clear that these cameras are meant to make them safe as well. After all, it’s arguably more likely that a shoplifter may steal from your store. A burglar could even break into the store and threaten your employees. The clearer you are about the presence of surveillance equipment to everyone, not just your employees but guests within the store, the better you will be able to prevent theft in the first place. People are less likely to commit theft if they are aware of the presence of surveillance cameras.
What Are Commercial Access Control Systems?
Commercial access control systems are the systems through which you can control who goes in and out of your business. For example, you may want to limit access to your business to yourself and managers. By having an access control system, like for example a fob that a person could swipe to enter the building, you would be able to keep any employees that lack the fob from entering the business when it’s closed. This would essentially eliminate the need for keys, which can be difficult to keep track of and easier to replicate or steal.
The reason why commercial access control systems are preferable to keys is that you can often manage them remotely. Some systems are even manageable through the cloud. This means that if a person leaves the company but keeps the device through which they gained access, whether it was a fob or a swipe card, the access system can easily be changed. Therefore, the device through which they gained access will no longer work. It’s much easier and less expensive than changing locks. Furthermore, you can know that there is no way that the access device can be replicated or given away.
How Important Is an Alarm System?
An alarm system can be tricky as you adjust to it, and you’re allowed to be a bit frustrated with a system at first. After all, 94% to 98% of all alarm activations are false alarms. But you need to take it seriously, because the alarms themselves are enough to dissuade many burglars. If you make it clear that you have an alarm system in place, you will be much less likely to suffer a burglary attempt.
This is not meant to scare you. It’s simply important to ensure that your assets and your employees are as safe as possible. Building up a good security system and limiting who has access to your building is an important part of running a business safely and securely.