There are plenty of things a business owner can do to help protect the employees, merchandise, and sensitive information located in an office. Here are a few pointers for purchasing, maintaining, and learning to use your electronic security:
- Hang surveillance signs indoors and out.
- Use motion detection lights to illuminate dark outside spaces like parking lots.
- For larger outdoor areas, consider a flashing light to pair with an infrared security camera.
2. Reduce False Alarms– These costly incidents not only make a dent in many businesses’ profit, but the more often they happen, the more likely it is that the police department will assume all alarms from a certain site are false alarms. Sort of a “cry wolf” effect.
- Train all employees on alarm functionalities and assign codes for each person with access- consider a monthly training session with a certified security technician
- Be aware of holiday-related false alarms due to late hours, office parties.
- Consider video verification to pair with your alarm system.
- Upgrade outdated alarm equipment
3. Fully utilize your Video Surveillance System– Whether you have an old analog system or a high-tech megapixel system, the most important part is a strong knowledge and understanding of how to use it.
- When you get a surveillance system, make sure you get trained on how to search, record, and review footage.
- Spend time practicing and working with the system on site, and via remote view to get comfortable with it.
- Install cameras in visible areas including entrances, exits, and points of transactions so that employees and customers both know that the area is under surveillance
4. Secure all doors and Openings on the Premises– Most burglars don’t enter through the front door of an establishment. Considering and protecting every entrance on your property is vital to protecting your employees, merchandise, and sensitive information.
- Consider keyless entry with strong electronic strikes, or magnetic locks to protect against forced entry.
- Remember to secure roof openings, skylights, and air conditioning units.
- Incorporate window contacts in your alarm system so that when a window is opened, or glass is broken, the alarm system will sound.
5. Regularly check on your Security Systems and Emergency Plans– Like most things, electronic security requires some maintenance. Having a schedule to check on different aspects of your system is a great way to ensure everything is always in tip-top condition.
- Daylight Savings is a great time to inspect your alarm system and smoke detector batteries. The time change should also prompt you to double check the access control schedule on your PC.
- Maintain a regular schedule for checking that your video recorder is recording and all cameras are showing video.
- Train and educate employees on an emergency plan in case of a fire, or other dangerous situations.