No matter what kind of business you are in, there are a couple of essential qualities that every security system for business offices should have. If your office is not protected, it might be time for an upgrade. Here are eight essential types of security systems for offices.
Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Systems and Security Cameras
For many, surveillance or spy cameras are synonymous with security systems. No office security system is complete without a way to monitor your building. If a sensor is triggered, it’s imperative you see the scene of the activity. Conspicuous security cameras are also an excellent deterrent, preventing many crimes in the first place.
Alarm Systems & Sensor Systems
A burglar alarm system should obviously be one of your top priorities. When something is wrong, your business security system should be able to sense it and alert someone. There are plenty of different types of sensors, but the basic kits include:
- Motion Detectors
- Glass-Break Sensors
- Door and Window Contact Sensors
- Acoustic Sensors
Each one of these performs a different function, but they all serve to alert a central panel about any on-site activity. The panel then follows predetermined instructions if any of the sensors are triggered. Its solutions include sounding sirens, dialing a telephone number, silently alerting authorities or reporting to a human operator, and a number of custom behaviors that you can set up for your particular system.
An alarm management system is an indispensable partner in your security network. Your alarms and sensors are only as strong as the person responding to them – if your night watchman is in the breakroom making coffee when the alarm is tripped, how long will it be before the problem is addressed?
This is immediate with an alert management system keeping watch. If a sensor is tripped or an alarm is triggered, an operator will check in immediately, either by tapping into the feeds of the security camera or by calling for check-in. In every situation, the monitoring companies have your back, 24 hours per day, and 7 days per week.
Authorization Check and Access Control
Access control systems allow or restrict access to the premises. PIN keypads, card readers, fingerprint scanners – all these systems read your credentials and verify you against the approved list by the linked security panel. Access control is an essential component of any commercial alarm system.
The type of access control system that you need depends heavily on the nature and volume of traffic on an average day that your business is receiving. For a downtown office with a staff of hundreds, the proper access control system will be different from a warehouse at the edge of town.
Powerful Backups to Power Network
What happens in case of a power breakdown? Your entire security system could go offline without a powerful power backup. An intruder may cut the power to circumvent even the most sophisticated protection systems, but natural disasters can also wreak havoc – fires or extreme storms can interrupt the power at a critical time.
Be sure to invest in some sort of backup power source, such as a generator or solar-powered battery, to keep your device up and running.
Your business security system can be configured to be safe or protected in case of failure. Fail proof or fail-safe means opening all exits by default – it’s the best option for high-traffic locations such as office floors.
The more secure option in case of a system failure is to have the system lock all down. People can still leave the building with manual crash bars on their doors – but no one can get in to take advantage of the crisis. By failing secure, even in a worst-case scenario, you are covered.
Skilled Set Up and Professional Installation
Qualified professionals install the best business security systems. Security systems include many complex pieces of technology and there is no good do-it-yourself replacement. Cutting corners on the installation of security, and monitoring systems leads to blind spots, faulty systems, false alarms and inconsistencies in reporting of events. It’s not just a hassle – it’s embarrassing, it impacts the bottom line, and it leaves assets vulnerable that are vital to your business.
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