One thing that I cannot stress enough to my clients is the importance of keeping your business secure. What might surprise you, however, is that business security goes far beyond security guards and CCTV cameras. Comprehensive business security is made up of numerous protective measures, and business owners must ensure that they are utilizing each measure effectively to make certain their business and employees are fully covered. Lackadaisical security measures are never worth their consequences, so here are some ways you can ensure that you are keeping your business secure.
Business Security System
The security system you choose to keep your business safe should be tailored to meet your specific needs. Your business property will dictate the type of security system you will need. In general, however, it’s wise – and legally required in some cases – to have a burglar alarm, fire alarms, video surveillance, and somebody to monitor the camera feeds. Security system equipment includes:
- Security Cameras: There are numerous types of security cameras to choose from and what you are placing under surveillance will dictate your security camera needs. Some things to take into consideration are whether you need indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, or both; the lighting where the cameras will be placed; the distance and clarity of the images being recorded; the number of cameras you will need; and the mobility of the viewing angles required. Camera choices include night vision, dome, outdoor, and networked cameras.
- DVRs or NVRs: The next thing to consider is how you want to receive your video feed. You can have your security cameras feeding the images into a DVR or an NVR depending on your resolution preferences. If you want high-resolution cameras to give you picture perfect security images, you’ll need to feed into an NVR. Otherwise, a DVR feeding into a computer or other monitoring system will suit your needs just fine.
- Surveillance Monitoring Equipment: So, how do you want to survey your security footage? The answer to this question also depends on your surveillance needs. If you have a huge business with tons of cameras filming various locations, you’ll probably want to have several monitors to view your various security feeds at the same time. Smaller businesses, or if you close everything down at the end of the day, are suited to feed into one monitor or a computer with the option of switching camera views.
- Lighting: Another thing I stress to people is the importance of using proper lighting as a security measure. Lighting your indoor and outdoor business space, even after hours, keeps intruders at bay. It also keeps your footage viewable if you don’t have night vision security cameras. Lighting your space also keeps your employees safe after dark – one thing some business owners might not think about. You want your employees to have a safe and secure walk to their cars after work!
Another security measure is to employ security guards where necessary . The necessity for security personnel also depends on numerous factors, including the size of your business, where it’s located, and what you have to secure. Do you run a warehouse staffed with personnel that is operating all night? You need a security crew present to protect your crew. A mom-and-pop shop in a nice part of town that closes in the evening most likely doesn’t need a security guard on its payroll.
Business Insurance Coverage
Another business security measure you should never avoid is ensuring that your business is properly insured . You need complete general liability coverage; worker’s compensation if you employ people; and depending on your type of business, product liability, professional liability, commercial property, and/or home-based business insurance. I know it sounds like a lot, but you cannot secure your business – and all your hard work – if you aren’t properly insured!
No matter your business, you have data, even if it’s a handwritten customer log. Data protection is another security measure that should never be overlooked. Any paper data should be kept in a fireproof safe, and your network security should be all-inclusive, including backing up your company data onto separate storage space away from your office, and ensuring your employees aren’t wasting time surfing the Web all day instead of doing their jobs. Check out some of my previous posts for more information on keeping your business data secure.
Finally, the most important measure to keep your business secure: write it all down ! Every business, small or large, should have their security policies and measures in writing for everyone to review and understand. This includes external notifications that people are under surveillance and so on. You need to make certain your internal staff and you external customers understand your business’ security policies. That way, there’s no misunderstanding as to how you keep your business secure!