All too often, business owners look into getting a security system in reaction to an incident like a burglary or an act of vandalism. Of course, it’s a natural reaction. When something happens, get security to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The thing is, that’s like choosing not to wear a seat belt until after you get into a dangerous accident.
If you don’t protect your property early on, it’s only a matter of time before you become a victim of a crime. The good news is that it’s not too late. You can do something right now to help protect your property. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Create a Security Plan
Developing a security plan doesn’t cost anything, and it’s one of the best first steps you can take to protect your business. To create a security plan for your property, follow these three steps.
- Assess your risk — Evaluate your property’s vulnerabilities. Examples include if it’s unoccupied for part of the day, or if you have shared common areas with other businesses.
- Identify your assets — Figure out what’s most valuable to you. Whether it’s the information you keep on your computers, an inventory of products you keep on-site, or your building itself.
- Determine your level of threat — Consider the opportunity for risk, and whether it’s increasing or decreasing. Ask questions like, have transient populations moved in? Or, is there more foot traffic near your property after hours for some reason?
A clear plan provides you with an overview of your needs, so you can begin searching for your perfect security system.
Invest in a Custom Surveillance System
A custom surveillance system is the most effective way to monitor your entire property 24/7. Today’s cameras aren’t like they were in the past. Gone are the days of fuzzy images and manually searching through hours of footage.
A custom surveillance system uses integrated analytics to scan for threats to your property in real-time. Features like perimeter protection notify you the instant someone crosses into your property.
Additional capabilities like thermal mapping, license plate and facial recognition, and access control integration give you the ability to customize a system that matches your exact needs. Because of these advanced features, we always recommend talking to a security expert to determine the best surveillance solution for you.
Practice Good Prevention
Once you have a solid surveillance system in place, practice ongoing prevention strategies to ensure that your business is always well protected. Here are two of our best tips for eliminating risk, year after year:
- Check in with employees on a regular basis and communicate that their well-being is a top priority. Employees that feel valued are more likely to partner with you in securing your property and less likely to steal or put your business at risk.
- Set aside time on an annual basis to update your security plan. Check your standard security procedures, look for gaps, and test your surveillance system to make sure it’s still working for your needs. If it’s not, contact your security provider and ask them how to update your protocols.
By staying proactive, you can protect your property, your business, and your employees before you become a victim of a crime. Don’t wait until something happens. Get started today by reading our guide: Comparing Security Options For Your Business.