One of the most important aspects of being a small business owner is protecting your livelihood. Whether your business has a small office, storefront or warehouse there are many things you can do to protect your property. For small businesses, security can seem like an expensive undertaking, and we understand that. This article provides a few simple and cost-effective tips as well as more upgraded security options. In 2015 4,429 burglaries were recorded in Fresno. Of those burglaries about 30% were at commercial properties. In the long run, it might cost you more to not ensure your business is protected.
For the proper protection it is always well-advised to invest in a security system for your business. Not only will a monitored alarm system give you peace of mind, it can also mean a reduced rate on your business insurance. You can go with a simple system that has door/window contacts, motion detectors and a keypad or opt for a more upgraded system with automation features that can include key-less door entry, security cameras and more. Most security systems nowadays can be controlled via app, so you’ll never have to wonder if your employees locked up for the evening.
Security cameras offer you a way to check in on your business when your not there. If you have cameras with video verification you can count on a quicker response time from police in case of an emergency. If you are thinking about investing in security cameras at your property, we wrote an article explaining the different types of surveillance systems and provide a few examples for small businesses. You can take a look at it here.
We suggest you use commercial grade door locks with a deadbolt for all exterior doors. It is also important to give out as few keys as possible, and only to necessary employees. It is all too easy for keys to get copied, misplaced or end up in the wrong hands.
While managed access control systems can be out of the budget for a small business, there are now a few cost-effective solutions. Most solutions can integrate with your businesses’ security system. If you are interested in access control for your business, start with this article.
Burglaries are more likely to occur at night on commercial properties and adequate outdoor lighting is essential to deterring burglars. Entry points to your business should be well lit, and we suggest installing motion-controlled flood lights around your property.
It’s a good idea to invest in window security bars, especially if your business has a storefront or a warehouse with inventory. If you have an alarm system, put your security companies’ window stickers up. Ask your security provider for some if you don’t already have them.