How to Improve Small Business Physical Security

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Many small businesses forego implementing physical security thinking that it either does not apply to them or they can not afford the technologies they need to protect their business. Nothing could be further from the truth. Small businesses are often a target of crime precisely because they are less likely to have the proper security systems in place. Additionally, smaller businesses also work within smaller margins, so any loss can be devastating. These are just two of the many reasons small businesses should be concerned with improving their physical security with today’s affordable technologies.

Evaluate Your Risks and Needs

The first step in implementing proper security measures is evaluating your risks and needs. Consider the types of crimes experienced by businesses in your area. Ask other business owners how they handle physical security. Have a security professional walk through your property to evaluate risks and make recommendations.

Have a Visual of Your Property

Cover your business with video surveillance which can be accessed remotely. Video surveillance is important in reducing crimes such as theft, vandalism, and fraud. It also helps improve and maintain productivity, even when you are not physically at the business.

Control Access

Controlling physical access to your business is a critical component in keeping it safe. By implementing an access control system, you eliminate the problem of lost keys or having to rekey locks if one is lost or a disgruntled employee leaves the premises with one. You can also control levels of access based on job description, or the date and times of access for deliveries or other service providers without leaving the business open to unauthorized people.

Implement a Monitored Security System

Threats come in many forms so it is important to consider a system that can help prevent them and mitigate risks and damage they cause. Talk to a security professional about a comprehensive monitored security system that provides a warning as well as a way to initiate help in a security event.

If you are concerned about commercial security for your small business, please feel free to give us a call. 610-358-3550

Why Burglary Incidents Happen

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It is common for the time after a commercial security event to be filled with “if onlys”. This is because most commercial security events could have been prevented or its damaging effects minimized if only they would have been foreseen and understood. While you certainly can’t predict an event, you can understand why they happen by understanding your vulnerabilities and addressing them.

Types of Criminals

In burglary, there are two types of criminals; the sophisticated criminal and the opportunistic criminal. The sophisticated criminal is likely to plan a burglary and becomes familiar with your security system, daily operations, and weaknesses and vulnerabilities. An opportunistic burglar acts usually without planning purely because the opportunity exists.

Crime Happens

Crime may be sophisticated, but no matter if your business is in West Chester or in the surrounding communities, commercial burglary can be boiled down to some pure and simple elements. In both planned and opportunistic crime events, the opportunity for them to be carried out exists because the facility is not equipped with the right security tools, technologies, and devices rightly, and/or there is a gap between detection and response time.

 

What Are Your Assets?

To protect your assets properly, you must consider all of them. Today it is important to remember that your assets include more than physical goods and raw materials. It also includes data such as credit card information, identity theft, and the theft of intellectual property.  When evaluating your security needs, all of these need to be taken into consideration.

What Security Measures Should You Implement?

To identify what security countermeasures you should implement, you must identify your vulnerabilities. Different than the risk of burglary, your vulnerabilities are the areas that give burglars the opportunity for crime, such as unsecured doors and windows.

  • Identify vulnerabilities. Consider all of the potential access points that allow a burglar to take materials or gain access to information. Identify all potential targets of theft in relation to the access points, then mitigate the vulnerability. Secure your facility with the proper levels of security which may include locks, alarms systems, motion and glass break sensors, and access control. Make sure you are able to detect a potential intruder before they reach an intended target.

  • A good security strategy will include measures that enable detection, assessment, and response. For example, an alarm system detects an intruder, video surveillance and CCTV can help assess the situation, and professional monitoring can initiate swift intervention.

  • Control access. It is necessary to control access to any facility to mitigate risks. The levels of control may vary throughout the facility.

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Access Control is Not Just for the Big Business

There was a time when small and medium businesses were priced out of having sophisticated access control systems. As a consequence, many businesses still believe that security technologies beyond video surveillance, fire, and intrusion are costly extras that remain far out of reach. However, those days are gone. While access control technologies have continued to advance, they have also become widely available and more affordable than ever. Not only are they affordable, not having access control can ultimately be hurting your business.

Here are some important reasons small and medium businesses need access control.

Criminals are Sophisticated

Today’s criminals are extremely savvy and a simple lock and key system will not hold them at bay. To the criminal, a business not protecting itself with access control is about the same as one that simply leaves its doors wide open 24/7.

You Need to Prevent Loss

As a business, you work within tight margins. That’s why it is so critical that you protect yourself from loss by restricting access to your facility, and critical parts of the facility. If all, or many, employees have keys and full access to your facility it provides a huge opportunity for things like doors being left open to thieves. It also means more opportunity for employee theft. Access control allows you to control levels of access to any part of your facility and have a log of who gained access to particular areas.

You Incur Additional Expenses

With traditional locking systems, you have no way of knowing how many keys are floating around, or if a disgruntled employee walked off with one. This means that to keep the business safe, you need to rekey the facility regularly to maintain adequate security. With access control, you simply change and control access through a simple interface. Controlling access also means you can prevent unauthorized people out of areas where they could cause intentional or unintentional damage that would need repair.

Increased Risk

Not adequately controlling access to your business means that your business and your employees are at increased risk of fraud, workplace violence, and more.

You Miss Out on Hiring the Most Qualified People

Attracting and keeping qualified employees is difficult, especially for the small and medium business. Job seekers have many choices and the potential employers, too, must pass an expansive unspoken litmus test to gain the employee’s interest. A recent survey conducted by Workthere found that how a business implements technology and the technologies used are the top things that impact their choice in where they work. It found that 25% of employees would pass over a business that did not invest in an impressive tech spec, including security. Another 24% said they would look for a new job is their place of employment did not invest in these technologies over time.

Having access control does much more for a business than offer pure security. Find out more by calling SRI Security and Audio/Video today! 610-358-3550