4 Factors to Consider When Deciding on a Security System for Your Business

The aim of installing a business security system boils down to the 5D's: delay, defend, detect, deter and deny threats against your premises, staff, equipment, information and even visitors. There are a number of countermeasures that can be employed to achieve this effect, but these can only be done efficiently and cost-effectively through integration to form a robust and rounded security system that offers true value to the business. The following article discusses important components to account for when choosing and installing a security system.

Access control

The first line of defence is controlling and monitoring who gets into your business premises. This means installing physical barriers such as secure entryways (doors, gates, windows etc.) with advanced locking mechanisms. The best securing method for businesses is through electronic systems that use PINs, passcodes, access badges, key cards or biometric identification through fingerprints and iris prints among others. The system should be connected to a centralised database that determines authorization. It should also be set up with criteria to confirm and record identity of guests in the premises.

Video surveillance

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is the most common surveillance method employed for businesses, and it can be used effectively regardless of business size. CCTV cameras may have a number of extra features for improved surveillance e.g. motion detectors, facial/license plate recognition, night vision and lighting. The video quality is of paramount importance, as is finding ways to cost-effectively review footage, particularly for larger businesses. Video analytical programs can be employed for monitoring to reduce the number of staff needed for monitoring. Time stamping and tape indexing will help to locate necessary footage with ease.

Alarm systems

Burglar/intruder alarms are designed to detect intrusion in your premises and can be programmed to notify authorities in addition to producing audible sound. There are different mechanisms of action, including motion detection, audio detection, photoelectric beam sensors and hermetically-sealed switches among others. These sensors transmit signals to on-site or offsite control units where certain actions are triggered. Loud alarms can draw attention to the break-in, while silent alarms will bring law-enforcement agents without alerting the intruder so that they can be caught.

Perimeter security

Finally, the area around your business premises should be cordoned off using strong walls. Fences and/or gates. These may be fortified by adding perimeter monitoring systems like infrared beams, motion detectors, bollards etc. access control systems should be installed at the entry points. Remember to factor in surveillance, particularly of areas hidden from direct sight by trees and other obstacles.