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Five Ways to Improve Onsite Business Security

Posted By Guest content contributor, Lee Ying, Monday, November 10, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In This day and age, there’s a lot of attention being paid to digital business security. This makes sense, given our society’s ever-increasing dependence on digital technology, and the near-constant reports of businesses having their digital databases illegally accessed. However, while you’re strengthening the cyber-walls that surround your sensitive digital data, you need to make sure that you don’t neglect your business’ physical security. After all, all of the antivirus programs and firewalls in the world aren’t going to do much good if a criminal kicks in a window and makes off with your company’s valuables. Here are five ways that you can improve your business’ onsite security.

1. STEEL SECURITY DOORS

A door that is solid steel is not easy to pick, and can withstand a lot of damage before it breaks. Investing in steel security doors is like building a wall around your business, and the mere presence of massive metal doors may act as a deterrent to potential criminals. When coupled with state-of-the-art electronic locks, you have a barrier that is impenetrable to all but the most determined prowlers.

2. MOTION SENSORS AND/OR BREAKING GLASS DETECTORS:

Most criminals depend upon their ability to get in and out without being detected. As such, should something unexpected happen, such as a light activating or an alarm sounding, most intruders will simply abandon the attempt and escape. Motion sensors—which are electronic devices which respond to the presence of living persons in a building—can be hooked up to lights or alarms, effectively deterring any criminal who manages to gain entrance to the building. Likewise, glass-break detectors which are designed to sound alarms when a window has been shattered can help defend some of the more-accessible entry points.

3. KEY-CARD ACCESS SYSTEMS

Although electronic keypad locks are certainly useful for securing buildings against unauthorized access, they have two flaws: First, given that there is generally a single entry code which is shared among multiple employees, it’s difficult to keep track of who exactly has access to the code; criminals may be able to acquire the code from careless workers. Second, employees who have trouble remembering the code may find themselves unable to enter. Key-card access locks, on the other hand, provide quick, easily-trackable access without the need for an unregulated code. And, when combined with a secondary keypad lock, the property becomes even more difficult to access without clearance.

4. OPTIMAL OFFICE ARRANGEMENT

Oftentimes, criminals will actually visit a business during operational hours before committing themselves to a break-in. This gives them the opportunity to locate valuables and gage security without putting themselves at risk. Therefore, it’s important to quickly identify and verify the purpose of any unrecognized individual who enters the business. By arranging the office in a neat and tidy way that allows employees to quickly notice any visitors, employers can limit the danger of unauthorized eyes gathering information for use in future crimes. At the same time, business interiors should be arranged in such a way as to allow any operating surveillance systems see every part of the interior, eliminating any usable hiding spots that criminals could take advantage of.

6. SURVEILLANCE

Perhaps the most important defensive measure that a business can have is an adequate surveillance system. Modern business surveillance, which generally consists of multiple cameras and feeds recorded through the cloud for easy off-site access, is an investment that can easily pay for itself by deterring or identifying criminals. By setting up cameras both inside and outside of your property, and either hiring a monitoring service or hiring your own employee to monitor the feed, you can effectively protect your business at all hours of the day. New motion-sensing cameras can even be implemented which only activate when movement is detected, so that the you don’t have to pay for the power to keep them running at all hours. This is how advanced new systems such as Pro-Vigil are able to keep various companies secure.

The other option is to hire a full security team. Some companies find that they do prefer hiring a full team as opposed to a surveillance system. This option is generally a bit more costly, but does have its advantages.


Guest content contributor: Written by Lee Ying, a freelance writer specializing in both large and small business security.

Tags:  business security  digital security  security 

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