It’s a new year and a great time to revisit a few pointers to protect your small business with practical and electronic security. Here are five tips you can implement right away to achieve major security improvements.
1. Revisit your privacy policies.
2. Upgrade to electronic access control for entry points.
If a small business is still using keys and an antiquated doorknob lock as the sole tool for entry, that is not the most security-savvy approach. Now that electronic access control systems can be easily and affordably installed at businesses of any industry or footprint size, it no longer makes sense to hold out. Inquire about a keyless entry system for access control at your business; credentials can be issued to all employees, and these can be easily activated and deactivated as people are hired and terminated. It’s the practical, secure way to manage access to the property.
3. Install cameras at the entry points.
Securing the doors of a small business is a move that doesn’t stop at keyless entry. Video surveillance is also an important part of securing entries. With wireless security cameras available at a variety of price points, it’s now easy to have a camera installed above every door on the property. Whether the goal is to have cameras blend discreetly into the environment or be visible to visitors, there is a model and configuration that can achieve the desired result. Additionally, security cameras can be remotely monitored to make management’s job even easier. Remote video monitoring can significantly reduce the time and effort managers spend concerning themselves about security.
4. Illuminate everything.
Whether or not the cameras themselves are visible, the areas being recorded should be heavily illuminated so that the security footage will be as visible as possible. Although low-light, night vision cameras are highly effective, improving the lighting around the property can reduce the risks of nighttime trespassing or break-ins; after all, well-lit areas are often a discouragement to perpetrators. As for areas that are not protected by cameras, motion-sensored lights can be installed to frighten trespassers and prompt them to evacuate the area immediately.
5. Utilize and manage natural barriers.
Landscaping a small business property with natural barriers such as hedges, trees and shrubs can also discourage potential thieves and trespassers from following through on their plans. However, there is a flip side to landscaping for security: Some criminals are actually encouraged by hedges or bushes that could help them stay hidden while they attempt to break in. That’s why it’s important to not only utilize natural barriers, but manage them as well. Keep them trimmed and attractive to send the message that this is well-managed business where activity is monitored.
These are some of the best ways to combine cyber and physical small business security. Texas businesses that wish to learn more can contact RC Security Consulting; we will be glad to speak with you.
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RC Security Consulting protects the heart of Texas with design, installation, retrofit, repair, inspection and monitoring of commercial security systems. We are centrally located in Collin County and provide service for almost 200 miles in all directions.