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Business owners are often the first ones in and the last ones out, so locking the doors is second nature.
However, it takes more than a key to protect your small business from theft and other breaches that can wipe
out everything you've worked to build. Many business owners turn to business alarm systems which can be helpful
in securing valuable assets, including people, equipment, customer records and intellectual property. For
business owners, installing a business alarm system is one way to stay a step ahead of the criminals.
According to the FBI, there is a burglary every fifteen seconds. The statistics do not favor businesses that have been victimized - police only catch one out of ten burglars. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show about 16 million property crimes annually. Burglaries result in over $4.5 billion in losses annually resulting in over $2,000 average losses to the victims. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association determined property crime averages above seventy-five percent of all crime.
The type of business dictates security measures. One of the biggest indicators for security system requirements is compliance. If the business maintains or processes personal identifiable information such as credit card transactions or maintain patient health records, there already is a requirement to secure this information or access to the servers that might maintain this information. High-value assets of many types, from cash to jewelry, are drivers for protecting the containers or areas containing negotiable or transferrable assets. Identifying, distributing and securing assets throughout your facility will reduce risk.
The actual location of your business will itself be a driver for securing your office or facility. One measurement is the time it would take a thief to breach your facility's perimeter and gain control of assets. Many crimes occur as a result of a thief's ability to commit the crime and leave within a very short period of time. Therefore, if the business is close by locations of criminal behavior or if it is easily breached within a short duration, it is necessary to consider methods of making the facility less appealing to the criminal. Simple measures like surveillance notices, backed up by an actual surveillance system, together with an intrusion detection system with exterior notification goes a long way toward discouraging criminal behavior.
Small business owners should follow the 3 D's: detect, document, and deter. First, an alarm system should detect a breach in security. Going a step further, it should be able to document activity happening in the facility, either by real-time alerts or video surveillance. Finally, a security system should deter, utilizing access control to prevent unauthorized people from entering the business or granting limited access to certain areas of the facility.
Business owners should check with their insurance providers as they often offer discounts to businesses that have a professionally installed security system. While no security system is perfect, information from the system can be crucial in filing an insurance claim if an incident occurs. Insurance firms want to know if there was a security system in place and if it was active during that time. Since estimates are that one-third of all business bankruptcies are a result of employee theft, access controls, alarms and cameras can help identify and reduce these security issues.