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.
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