Business security is essential, but can be a complex issue for a company to approach. Whether you want to prevent break-ins, protect your high-value stock, stop shoplifting, or keep a close eye on your staff, there are many things to think about to make sure your security meets your company’s needs.
Thinking about your business security needs
Every business is different, which means the security that’s right for one company isn’t necessarily right for your own. It’s important to first really think about your security needs, what will work best for your business, and what you can afford. This includes asking questions such as :
- Do you need your security to be indoor, outdoor, or both?
- Do you want it to be discrete or a visual deterrent?
- Will a large or small area need to be covered?
- Would you prefer it to work 24/7, or only operate when your business is closed?
- Will an audio or video management system (VMS) be beneficial?
- Would your company benefit from additional surveillance and monitoring?
Security that suits your business
You should also think about things like the type of company you manage, its size and layout, areas of high value, and your plans for business development. Factors like this can help you decide what security is right for your company. What you need might be different from what you think you need. For instance:
Type – If you work in a retail business, you’ll probably need different types of security to cover your shop floor, your stock room, and outside your property.
Ownership – If you rent the space your business occupies, you’re likely to need systems that don’t interfere with your building’s structure.
Size – If your premises covers a lot of space, like a factory, you might need more advanced business security systems.
Layout – If you work in an open-plan office, you might need fewer systems than if your company had a lot of small offices.
Valuable areas – If your company has a data centre or high-value stock, you might need extra security in that area of the business.
Business growth – If you plan to extend your business or set up at additional locations in the near future, you might need to choose systems that are adaptable.
Considering types of crime
It’s wise to also think about the types of crime that might affect your business and the main culprits that could be responsible for it. Things to consider include:
Location – What is the crime rate like in your business’ local area? If there is a high level of burglaries, for instance, you might need to consider extra alarms and ways to restrict entry to a building.
Staff – Do you handle costly products or keep high amounts of money on site? If so, you might want to think about security that keeps an eye on your employees, especially those new to your company where trust still needs to be built.
Customers – Do you run a retail business with a large shop floor or complex layout? If so, you might want to think about security that best cover the areas your customers use, such as store detectives or CCTV.
Indoor and outdoor security
Depending on your business and types of crimes that could affect it, indoor security, such as monitoring customers or staff might be a priority. Or you might want to focus on outdoor security to deter trespassing or breaking in. Your choices can range from basic locking equipment to manual processes to advanced electronic systems.
Types of indoor security could include:
- Locks and alarms on internal doors
- Burglar alarms covering inside space
- Registration or sign-in processes
- Business ID cards and lanyards
- Patrolling security guard, team or staff representative
- Security cameras and audio and video management systems fitted inside buildings
Types of outdoor security could include:
- Locks and alarms on windows and main doors
- Padlocked car park gates and deterrent fences fitted around premises
- Additional gates fitted over entrances and shutters on doors and windows
- Security lights for grounds and car park
- Car park barrier system with key card or security attendant
- Security cameras and audio and video management systems (VMS) fitted outside of buildings
Choosing alarm security systems and suppliers
When choosing an alarm for your premises, it’s worth pointing out that there are different types of systems to consider.
This can range from basic DIY systems, which you can install and oversee yourself, to those with analogue and high-definition video, to full monitoring and surveillance systems. These are installed and monitored regularly by a security company.
To find the right alarm supplier, it’s wise to choose a company that will install your security system for you to ensure it’s fitted correctly and works properly. There are also other important things to think about to ensure your supplier is efficient. These include:
Membership and certification – You should check the supplier is a member of an industry standard body, like the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), or Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB). This can tell you if their alarm and workmanship has been approved. You should also check their products and installers have been certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Reputation and experience – You should look for testimonials and ask the company to provide referrals and references to show they’ve had some satisfied customers. You should also choose a company that has good experience in providing and installing systems for businesses similar to yours.
Training and support – You should check that the supplier will show you and other authorised people how to test and use your alarm, and how to register it to the police, for example. They should also choose a supplier that is happy to provide maintenance and support for your system over the long term to ensure it stays in good working order.