Security Planning Tips for Small Businesses
During tough economic times, many businesses can be found guilty of neglecting investment in their on-going security protection. Naturally, this can prove to be problematic as the impact of break-ins and criminal activity greatly affect the accounts and general running of the business. With this in mind we wanted to offer you some practical, cost-effective advice to guarantee a safer working environment for employees as well as safeguarding your premises against burglary and vandalism.
Businesses are often prompted to consider security requirements based on the minimum standards required by their insurer rather than reviewing the problems and threats faced. These days, with technology and usage improvements, security systems can add value to the day-to-day running of a business and offer cost effective solutions to ongoing problems of crime and vandalism.
Installing a security system has become a lot more accessible to the average small enterprise and increasing protection by moving away from the ‘bells only' approach to integrated solutions is much more realistic.
Detailed below is an outline of the security systems which could add benefit to your business:
This area of security has developed considerably from mere burglar alarms. The many products available from ASH Security & Secure for the varying types of small businesses are extremely impressive. As examples, intruder sensors will detect unauthorised individuals for retail outlets, hold-up buttons send direct messages to the police protecting employees during robberies and magnetic sensors safeguard prescription drugs. Intruder detection systems can be monitored for emergency services response and even linked to CCTV for additional protection.
CCTV has various advantages for businesses, safeguarding both external and internal threats against the business. Video surveillance has other benefits in addition to deterring criminal activities. It can also discourage workplace violence and false accident claims.
Electronic Access Control
Electronic Access Control is increasingly being recognised by businesses as a cost-effective security choice. ASH Security can help you determine the adequate level of access control required, we always work on an individual basis and do not adhere to the one size fits all school of thought! Depending on your building's size, structure and number of personnel, the levels of access control used varies from single-door access control with photo ID badging systems to sophisticated visitor management platforms that use smart-card technology.
Small businesses which are re-evaluating the security systems they have in place should consider the following points before making decisions:
- Identify the security problems faced by the business
- All businesses require specific security solutions and it is important to maintain a balance between limited security and being guilty of overkill depending on those objectives and needs
- ASH Security are able to guarantee that all security equipment is installed and maintained without error
- Explore the required level of monitoring and rapid response required. Monitoring and rapid response increases not only protection but also peace of mind. If police can be alerted in any case, there will be a reduced risk of loss or damage.
- Keep security working. Testing the security equipment will reassure staff and ensure it works when it is most needed, thus protecting the investment placed in the solution.
Whichever solution you choose, it must ensure that the collective parts of your business are protected 24 hours a day from criminal activity. Installed systems deter vandals and burglars and have the ability to alert keyholders or the police about any trouble. Integrating multiple security systems can help add flexibility to your business by facilitating out-of-hours working and deliveries or managing a multi-site organisation
The recession has strained many businesses and has resulted in drastic cuts in spending. However, security should not be an area suffering from cuts. ASH Security work with our clients to decipher the most ideal solution which delivers the correct protection to your business, premises and employees so a safer, more comfortable working environment is established.
Make sure your property is not an easy target, call us on 01442 872586 or email to arrange a free no obligations risk assessment. We can advise you on full security from high security locks, intruder alarms, gate entry and access control, cctv.
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