Implementing a physical security solution at your business is one of the best investments you can make. Not only are you helping to protect your business and employees from potential theft, but from fire, vandalism and other incidents as well. Advances in security solutions have made systems affordable and practical for businesses of all sizes, from big box retailers and large corporate campuses to mom and pop stores. However, it’s easy to make common mistakes when devising your security system that could leave you vulnerable, effectively defeating the purpose of the system.
The Electronic Security Association (ESA) has a number of tips to help avoid these common mistakes when designing your security solution. First and foremost, find a qualified ESA member company by visiting www.Alarm.org. ESA members can help with customizing the best system for your business’s needs. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Employee Training. An extensive, top-of-the-line security system can be foiled if an employee fails to secure a door, or arm the system before leaving for the evening. Educate all your employees on proper security protocols, how to operate the system, etc. Be sure they know why those systems are in place, as well; it may be convenient to leave a secure door propped open, but it leaves your business and employees vulnerable and potentially less safe. Make sure your employees know to ask anyone attempting to access a secure area for identification, and to verify any visitors with an appropriate supervisor.
Perimeter protection. Attached parking garages, along with other outlying structures, are convenient for employees, but should be taken into considering when designing your security system. They are often easily accessible to the public, and can be a safe place for potential intruders to sit, observe your employees, and wait for the opportunity to strike. Consider installing video surveillance cameras in your garage to keep an eye on things, and make sure your access control system extends there as well.
Install overlapping layers of security. A single security system may be inadequate in covering often overlooked access points such as stairwells, elevators and the like. By installing as many security solutions as possible – video surveillance, access control, intrusion monitoring, fire alarms and remote access capabilities integrated into a single easy to manage system – you can minimize threats and protect the safety of your employees, facility and products.
Keep passwords safe. All of the high-tech digital security won’t count for anything if you leave your password written out on a sticky note attached to your monitor. Be sure to use difficult to guess passwords, and consider using a password management app if keeping track is difficult. Always remember to periodically change your passwords, and encourage your employees to do so as well. Also, if an employee leaves your business be sure to immediately disable their password, keycards etc.
Get expert help to customize the best system for your needs. One costly mistake is choosing a security system that doesn’t fit the exact needs of your business. By contacting an ESA-member company and consulting with a security expert, you can work together to design a system that adequately meets your current needs while leaving room for potential future growth.