Does Your Small Business Need a Security System

Many small businesses start very small and eventually grow in size and stature. For the small business owner, it can be challenging to determine when certain upgrades to the company need to be made in order to secure long term success of the venture. One such upgrade is a security system.

If you are unsure about whether or not you need a security system for your small business, consider the following factors.

Where are you located?

Are you located on a busy city street? A remote area? Within a mall that has its own security? It’s important to note where you are located and how your location might affect the safety of your store, your inventory, and precious information that might be stored within your space. It’s also important to note how visible your space is. If you’re one small office amongst many and your office is small and unassuming, you might not be a primary target for burglars. On the other hand, if you are a storefront on a busy street where numerous members of the public might be aware of your inventory as well as when your store is closed and vacant, there is likely cause for concern.

What do you have that needs to be protected?

What do you keep in the space in question? If you are a consultant that only stores notes in your space, that might be one thing. On the other hand if you have client credit card information and other financial records that refer to other parties, you have a responsibility to protect that information and to ensure that it’s secure. If you keep a lot of inventory in your space, particularly inventory that costs a lot and that could be valuable to a robber, it’s a no-brainer that you need a security system in place. Jewelry shops, boutiques, and other retail locations that have high-end merchandise should absolutely have a system in place to protect their assets.

Do you have personnel concerns?

Modern security systems have the capability to track who enters a space, when, and how long they’re there. If you own a company that works in a field where it might be necessary for some people to have some information while others are in the dark, you need to create secure areas within your office where only certain parties have access. Moreover, if you have the kind of company where everyone can’t have access to all information, you want to be sure that you're aware who is in the space at all times — particularly when you’re not present. A modern security system can track any comings and goings for you during business hours and during off hours - which, of course, is when a breach is most likely to occur.

When it comes down to it, you need to do a cost benefit analysis of your company in order to determine whether or not a business security system is a sound financial investment.
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