Running a small business comes with many challenges, but security shouldn’t be one of them. Many small business owners believe they can’t afford security measures and that the chances of theft or damage are so low that they don’t need to. But with the prevalence of theft, criminal damage and unauthorised access always there, you may be at more risk than you realise. In fact, in the long term, it could end up costing you far more not to have a security system.
In this blog, we will run through the benefits of security systems as well as the best security systems for small businesses that can protect valuable assets, property and customers while remaining cost-efficient.
Why do small businesses need security systems?
Although small businesses have limited budgets, some of this should always be put aside for a reliable security system. This is because they act as deterrents for would-be criminals, which means your business is much less likely to become a target. Criminals are experts at detecting vulnerabilities and taking advantage of them, and this could result in costly criminal damage to your property or theft that reduces your profits. Depending on the extent of the damage, this could even spell the end of your business altogether. Prevention is the best form of protection and security systems offer this, as well as valuable peace of mind and reduced stress.
However, even if criminals do target you, your security system is still a valuable asset. For example, you may be able to produce evidence that results in the criminal being found, which could result in your goods being returned or them being fined, which mitigates the financial loss to you. Insurance companies often require evidence of security systems for claims to be valid, too.
What are the best security systems for small businesses?
Access control systems
No matter the size or type of your business, having strong access control is essential to protect the integrity of your business’s assets. There are a variety of options to suit many budgets. You may opt for a high-tech option that uses SIFER readers and cards, or fobs, where you can give and revoke access to temporary workers and monitor who is entering and leaving the building.
Alternatively, you may opt for a traditional keypad system, which is just as effective at keeping unauthorised personnel from accessing sensitive data or valuable goods. This keeps your business protected from criminals as well as the mistakes of under-qualified employees, preventing costly, stressful and time-consuming incidents.
HiLook 2MP PTZ Camera
This affordable camera has a range of white balance features and progressive scan CMOS and auto-tracking. This means that criminals are easily spotted, especially with its 16x digital zoom, 120 dB wide dynamic range, infrared cut filter and indoor and outdoor mode. Using this camera will deter would-be criminals while giving you an insight into any incidents that do occur.
HiLook Channel NVR
This video recorder has high-level features while remaining affordable, perfect for small shops or business premises. It can have up to four channels with a 40Mbps bit rate input. Having NVR means that the data that your cameras pick up can be saved at a high quality and accessed so that you can provide evidence for criminal cases and see clearly what actually happened after a security event.
For more guidance on the best security system for your small business, contact us at Pacific Telephone & Data today at 02 4922 7888.