Your Electronic Security Matters
There is a lot that goes into your security system. From the planning to implementation, there are several factors that determine what your system includes and how it functions. Every location is vulnerable to threats, be they physical theft, information theft, life safety risks to employees and patrons, and/or acts of God. With so much to consider, it can be difficult to find the solutions that will work best for you and your business. With that in mind, we have outlined some of the essentials and put together this list of the top considerations for electronic security.
Are your points of entry (i.e. doors, windows, gates and turnstiles) being monitored?
Access control is essential to making sure your premises are safe. There are several different options available and finding the best one suited to your business is not always an easy task. Some access methods include locks, proximity cards/swipe cards, and code or cipher locks.
Some questions that are worth asking are: Do past employees/residents still have keys/access cards to the building? Have past employees/residents/terminated employees been removed from having access to the property? How often are codes changed on code or cipher locks? Are locks and locking equipment operating properly?
Are these key points of entry being monitored sufficiently? If you don’t know the answers to some of these questions that is a good indicator that it is time to upgrade and enhance your security and procedures.
Are you able to create an audit of who is entering your building?
Knowing how many people are entering your building at any given time has become very important in 2020. With capacity limits and concerns surrounding social distancing, now more than ever you need to be aware of who is passing through your business. But more than knowing how many people are in the building, sometimes you need to know who is in the building.
A good access system can tell you who has entered the building, when they entered the building, and whether or not they have left the building. More than that, an access system can allow for certain people to have access to specific areas of the building, while keeping them off-limits to others. This would all depend on the access level that has been granted/specified for each individual.
Are your premises being monitored for fire or smoke?
Life-saving alarms are so important. While we all know this, you would be surprised to learn how many people allow the batteries in their smoke detectors to go without being replaced. Or how many buildings do not have a fire system that will automatically alert the fire department in the event of an alarm. When people’s lives are at stake, there should never be any corners cut.
Ensuring that your premises are being monitored for fire and smoke, that the system is functioning properly, and that emergency services will be notified upon alarm is a must.
Are your premises being adequately covered by CCTV cameras?
When thinking about CCTV, you want to make sure that both the interior and exterior of the premises are being adequately covered. Cameras need to be able to record in both daytime and night/low light. One of the most important factors to consider is whether or not your cameras are monitored by a live monitoring station 24 hours a day, off hours only or just reviewed after an incident has taken place in house?
These are just a few of the many factors that go into your electronic security. To make sure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision on how to implement your security measures, it’s always a good idea to consult a Security Expert.
Our Security Experts are available to answer your questions any time. We perform comprehensive security audits and site visits at no charge. This means that you can get the information you need, without having to make any commitments. Keeping you and your business safe is our Team’s number one priority.
For more information or to schedule a free security audit, contact us today.
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