The last stretch of the year is a good time to reassess business security needs and ensure that the measures that are in place are sufficient, especially if your premises will be unoccupied during the coming Festive Season.
Wear and tear on security systems is a reality and regular maintenance and upgrades are a necessity, says Agnieszka Gryn, General Manager: Inland Region Fidelity ADT Security. Every few years, some hardware will need to be replaced.
“Waiting until the system becomes faulty is not ideal. Unfortunately we do encounter incidents at small businesses where a break-in has occurred and only then do business owners realise that their security system was not operating correctly. With regular maintenance and testing, this can be avoided,” says Gryn.
She suggests that business owners start with their perimeter security and work inwards.
“There are several options for perimeter security such as access control, gates, electric fencing, and beams. As a first line of defence, it is essential that perimeter security is in a good condition and checked regularly.”
CCTV systems with remote monitoring are becoming more affordable for small businesses and Gryn recommends that owners look into this option.
“Cameras are an excellent deterrent for criminals and, with remote monitoring small businesses don’t need to house a surveillance centre on the premises.”
Burglar bars, security gates and an alarm system linked to a reaction service are all also vital components of the solution.
“Fires are a very real threat and should be taken seriously. Having a fire escape plan, extinguishers and smoke detectors at the property are also must-haves.
“It’s always best to get a professional in to assess your security solution if you are unsure whether it’s adequate. These experts will be able to identify any vulnerable areas and offer the best solutions.”
Running a business in a straining economy is no easy task and business owners are understandably looking for ways to cut costs and save. Security, however, should not be an area that gets neglected or skimped on, says Gryn.
She also recommends getting in touch with local community security organizations such as neighborhood watches and the likes.
“Especially where small businesses are located in suburbs keeping up to date with regular crime trends and crime prevention efforts is highly valuable. This kind of information enables the small business owner to make informed decisions about security and reduces the risk of loss as a result of crime.”