When running a business, most owners tend to focus their time and effort on freeing up cashflow, staffing issues, day to day operations and keeping their heads above water.
Business security is often something that is overlooked or pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, despite it being one of the top ways a business can be ruined in a matter of seconds.
For many businesses, not giving priority to their security can be hugely problematic. Theft of sensitive documents, or damaged property as a result of a break-in will spell disaster. And to make matters worse, they will often be very costly to resolve.
Implementing security measures that suit your business should be one of your main priorities but can seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.
What security measures can you take to protect your business? What are the best alarms out there? And how much does good protection cost?
A few of the different types…
A professionally installed CCTV system can not only act both as a powerful deterrent but can also provide vital evidence, against people that commit crimes such as fly tipping, burglary, theft, vandalism and assault, increasing the rate of conviction.
HD CCTV can be used to protect valuable property, grounds and machinery: - including Schools, Government buildings, Retail stores, Distribution Centres, Fitness Centres, Gyms, Care homes and Offices.
Access control systems are connected together to form a network of Doors, Barriers/ Gates linking back to a central computer for easy management and control of a system. Once an access control system is installed, all doors controlled by the system will automatically lock when the door is closed. Anyone without a PIN or access token is unable to enter.
An access control system comprises of several parts, including:
- Electric lock
- Card reader or keypad
- Control Unit
- Proximity Cards & Fobs
A burglar alarm system consists of a series of electrical components that are connected to a property.
Via sensors and contacts, they detect movement or the opening of doors and windows, after which a loud alarm is produced to alert those nearby of the unauthorised entry.
Often deemed to be a security essential, these systems are a universal fixture of most premises.
All installed components, including sensors, are linked to a control panel. Users both activate and deactivate the alarm system using this panel, either by using a fob or a numbered code.
Smart phones can also now be used to remotely set and unset alarms via apps.
The system is connected to an external bell or siren which is usually located on a wall on the outside of the property. It is this device that emits an alarm to alert people to an intrusion.
There is also an internal sounder to alert any occupants of the building that there has been a detected event, and this also acts to deter the intruder.
Where to start…
You should start any review of your security procedures by assessing the actual risks posed to your particular premises.
Firstly, find the vulnerabilities in your security. In particular, look for:
- Unsecured ground-floor windows and doors
- Particularly valuable items attractive to thieves
- Easily scalable walls and fences
- Potential getaway points
Smart Ideas can support both you and your business with a FREE assessment of your premises. We are independent security specialists so we will provide you with an unbiased proposal as to what security measures should be implemented in your business.
You can implement some of the below measures straight away:
- Control access to your building. If possible, position a member of the team near to the point of entry, and tightly control who comes in and out – make sure every visitor states their business, and is given specific permission to come in. Supervise them whenever possible – entry passes and lanyards are generally a good idea if you have frequent visitors.
- Give one person responsibility for security. This person should have overall control of the security procedures already in place, and review what needs changing or improving periodically.
- Develop a clear security policy – and get employees to follow it to the letter. Make it clear that employees should ask unrecognised visitors their reason for visiting and report them to the head of security if they are suspicious. Stress the importance of keeping keys and other methods of access secure, and make sure someone is allocated responsibility for locking up and securing the premises at night.
- Improve door and window security. In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So, make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it. Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY shop that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break. Home security and DIY shops also sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows.
How do I know what security systems I need?
This is where we come in! We can help you by doing a full security audit of your premises. We inspect existing equipment to give you advice on exactly where CCTV cameras should be placed for maximum coverage.
What’s more, we produce robust strategies to guide you in the use of your CCTV. Smart Ideas system audits are always carried out by our senior managers, who have more than 60 years of combined experience in the industry. With decades of practical knowledge covering all fields of electronic security, we can advise on:
- System design
We also support small to medium size companies with their office setup and installation. Providing a ‘one stop shop’ for your office installation and setup needs.
From setting up CCTV cameras, to Wifi Access points, to Network and Cabling, to Office CAD design and renovations, to the setting up of Printers and Office 365. We cover it all.