The Benefits of a Commercial Security System for Your Business: Pros, Cons, and What You Should Know
You’ve invested a lot in your business, and you’ve built up its resources and reputation to be the best it can be. It’s a logical next step to consider implementing or upgrading a commercial security system to protect your company and its assets. Of course, you want to make sure your return on investment is worth it, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of a business security system and determine how simple or complex of a system you need.
Security Systems Big and Small
Business security systems range in size and scale from simple, individual alarm and camera systems to fully integrated, complex designs that incorporate access control, CCTV, and more that all can be accessed from a single platform. As a result, the advantages and disadvantages of these security systems vary in scale overall, as well. Regardless, we will be taking a look at the general benefits and drawbacks to security systems and what you need to know to make an initial decision for your business.
The Benefits of a Commercial Security System
How can a business security system prevent loss, protect you and your employees, and safeguard your business against other damage? Let’s take a look.
Reinforcement of Authorized and Unauthorized Areas
In any business, there may be areas where you want the public and don’t want the public to be able to access, and there are also different security levels of employees who should have access to different areas. With security cameras and access control systems, you can deter trespassers from entering restricted areas, differentiate which employees have access to what areas, and even revoke access for terminated employees without having to go through the expense of changing locks.
Minimization of Vandalism
It’s important to keep your business safe and your employees’ property (i.e. vehicles) safe while on company premises. Security cameras can also act as a deterrent for would-be vandals who would tarnish the respectable appearance of your business and damage company or employee property.
Theft Reduction and Resolution
Both outside and employee theft are major problems that cause losses for companies. Having a security system in place not only reduces the likelihood that a theft will occur but in many cases, having cameras and security systems in place will offer proof of theft, which can expedite the resolution of a theft case.
Quick Response from the Authorities
When a security system alarm is triggered, authorities are alerted immediately to the potential crime in progress, drastically increasing the odds that the perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted, perhaps even minimizing the amount of damage done. In contrast, companies without a security system would not be able to alert authorities so quickly. Consider a bank robbery. Without a security alarm system, it is unlikely that employees could safely call for help until the robbers were gone. For an off-hours burglary, any damage and theft would not be discovered until several hours or even days later, giving thieves plenty of times to cover their tracks. Security system alarms provide quicker response times from police, which can protect company assets and employees in critical situations.
Reduction of Fraudulent Claims
Imagine someone is walking through your offices or your store on a nice tile floor. They pass by the water fountain and they spill some water onto the floor. One of your employees walks by to find this person on the floor, moaning in pain, claiming that there was a leak in the fountain and they slipped. They sue your company, but you have no proof that they staged it. That’s another reason why commercial security systems are so critical. They can prevent and disprove fraudulent claims against your company.
Lower Insurance Costs
A lot of insurance companies offer discounts for businesses who utilize commercial security systems for the very reasons previously mentioned. With such a benefit to risk management, commercial security systems put businesses at lower risk of requiring the use of insurance claims. In the insurance business, lower risk usually equals lower premiums, which can be a major benefit to your bottom line as a great way to lower long-term costs.
The Disadvantages of Security Systems
The one disadvantage most businesses are concerned about is cost but, as mentioned before, security systems vary in size and scale, so they also vary in cost. Security systems of the modern era range from very affordable to very elaborate and expensive, so it’s really a matter of finding the system that best suits both your needs and your budget.
Aside from cost as a factor, you might consider disadvantages to be that you or one of your employees might accidentally trigger the alarm or that you might get a call early in the morning in response to an alarm being triggered, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Experience the Benefits of Commercial Security System with One Designed for Your Business
Customer 1st Communications is all about meeting each of our customer’s unique needs and staying within their specified budgets. We work closely with you to determine your physical and digital security concerns and requirements so that we can create a security solution that will be customized to your business without breaking the bank. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call 855-TECH-C1C (855-832-4212) or contact us online.