Your company might just be you and a couple of family members, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have business security concerns as a large corporation.
No matter how big or small your company is, it’s important to protect your privacy, your income, your employees and your customers. Here are a few steps your small business can take to improve security.
Whenever we think about alarm systems, we always find ourselves coming back to a couple of unsettling statistics from the FBI.
- Burglaries happen every 15 seconds
- Homeowners that have no security system are three times as likely to be the victims of a break-in than those that have a security system.
Insurance companies know these statistics. They know having a security system will create a safer living space for you and your family and that many alarm systems protect against other threats, like fire, water damage and carbon monoxide.
As such, you’re less likely to file an insurance claim, which means your insurance company saves money. In many cases, they’ll pass those savings on to you.
On average, putting alarm systems and other security measures in your home can reduce your homeowners insurance rates by as much as 20 percent.
You have all sorts of insurance on your business, your assets, and likely on your own person. Think of commercial building security as another form of insurance.
Your security measures may not need to be that complex. Start with a proper security needs assessment. This will give you a solid foundation upon which you can build a custom system.
Your point-of-contact at your security company will advise you on the various configurations possible. Consider their recommendations and select the right system for your needs and budget.
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This may have something to do with the fact that we tend to geek out at Holicong over complicated security apparatuses, but we’ve always considered commercial master keys to be imbued with a certain sort of mystery. Maybe even a little romance.
After all, we’re talking about a key that can access every last lock in a multimillion-dollar skyscraper. A key that’s capable of opening every door in a sports stadium. A master key is a curious thing, and it’s a very powerful thing. You’d certainly never want to let a commercial master key fall into the wrong hands. It’s a key that offers access to every locked office, room and storage space in buildings where fortunes can be made and lost in the space of a day.
No matter how many people work for you, you can’t expect to have eyes on every area of your building.
That’s why good security cameras are so important. They go where your eyes can’t go, and make a record of what’s happening at work when no one is around.
Nearly half of all employers use security cameras to protect against theft or violence, according to an American Management Association survey from 2014. Are you thinking about joining their number? Here are a few places where commercial security cameras might do the most good.
If you own or manage a business, you should absolutely give serious consideration to installing a business video surveillance system. It will provide a very necessary layer of protection not only for your building and your inventory, but also your employees.
Once you install a surveillance system, you’ll likely experience a certain peace of mind that simply wasn’t there before.
And yet there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right video surveillance system. Certain systems, of course, are designed with specific businesses in mind. So let’s take a deeper look at some of the more important considerations.
Prior to 1995, when the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) was created in response to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, there were literally no minimum physical security standards in place for non-military federal facilities.
But times have most definitely changed. The ISC is now governed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the organization today aims to enhance and improve security in all non-military federal facilities, regardless of whether the facility is owned, managed or leased by the U.S. government.
What does this mean for your Philadelphia, Trenton NJ, Bucks County or Montgomery County business? For starters, the ISC’s government facility security standards and best practices could be used as a blueprint of sorts to help security professionals implement their own mandatory standards and security policies.
The ISC’s security standards are updated on a regular basis; they can be accessed on the official website of the DHS.
Video surveillance systems have come a long way since the days of grainy CRT television screens and the large bulky 480p cameras connecting them using long, unwieldy cords. Imagine if you could travel into the past and tell your 80s self that one day, she’ll be able to monitor her home from a mobile telephone device 50 miles away, and even shut her lights on and off with a swipe of the screen.
Your business is one of the most important parts of your life, but how well are you protecting it? Whether or not your Philadelphia business has had any serious security incidents in the past, you may want to take a closer look at getting an access control system for your business. No matter what the size of your business, access control systems can do a great deal more than just keep out criminal or undesirable elements during non-business hours.
If you have valuables entrusted to your business you may wonder which method of securing those items is best for you. There are many options for protecting high dollar value items, ranging from locked cabinets to security cages, but to maximize protection and peace of mind the best security method you can select is a safe or vault.