With the holiday season upon us, there may be a few changes in how your business is running. From managing new employees to longer store hours, here are a few security tips for the holidays.
Does your business have special holiday hours? If your normal hours of operation are changing, its a good idea to let your security company know what the new seasonal schedule is. If you receive Open/Close notifications from your alarm company, you will want to make sure they change those times as well.
If your business hires seasonal employees you’ll want to give them their own alarm code, that way you can easily withdraw access to your security system at the end of the season. Another great idea is to use access cards or z-wave devices to restrict access to certain areas of your business for specific employees. When they no longer work for you, you won’t have to worry about getting keys returned. Here’s an article that explains using z-wave devices as access control systems.
If you don’t test your security system regularly, now is the time! Call your security company and tell them you’d like to put your account on test. You can ask them to walk you through testing every zone on your system. Make sure to test that holdup/panic buttons are working properly, as well as your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
If you plan on putting up holiday decor or special displays, make sure they don’t get in the way of your motion detectors, CCTV cameras, or block sight lines to areas susceptible to theft. You should also check that the lights on your holiday displays aren’t frayed or torn and will not cause a fire hazard. Last, but not least, make sure that any extension cords are taped down and won’t cause a tripping hazard!
We hope you found these business security tips helpful! Let us know what you think in the comments.