How to Protect Your Business After HoursFebruary 11, 2015
Most businesses have implemented at least a few security measures to ensure that employees are safe during the day. These may include the installation of security gates and controlled access systems, whereby visitors or customers are required to sign in to access the premises. However, rising crime levels have made it essential for additional measures to be taken for after-hours protection, such as the installation of commercial alarms.
Install Monitored Business Alarms
Having commercial alarms installed is one of the easiest ways for business owners to ensure that their properties are protected when no one is around. These systems have been designed in such a way that they alert alarm companies to the fact that would-be burglars are trying to gain unauthorized access to properties. Most of them rely on sensors that have been placed in strategic locations throughout the inside and outside of buildings, which are triggered as soon as movement is detected. In most cases, intruders prefer to target properties where no alarm systems are present and where there is little to no chance of their activities being monitored and detected.
Consider Using CCTV Systems
While commercial alarms on their own used to be enough of a burglary deterrent, this may no longer be the case in many areas. As a result, more and more business owners are having high quality CCTV systems installed so that all activity in and around their properties can be monitored 24 hours a day. Numerous alarm companies now offer CCTV installation and monitoring services to clients, which means that as soon as any suspicious activity takes place, a response team and the police can be dispatched to the premises as quickly as possible. An added advantage of using CCTV cameras is that business owners have physical evidence on hand in the case of an arrest being made.
Invest in Outdoor Lighting
No burglar wants to be seen while committing crimes, which is why all business owners should ensure that their properties are as well lit as possible after hours. All doorways, windows and other potential access points should be lit up as much as possible to deter would be criminals from targeting properties. This includes the roof area, because in many cases, criminals are aware of the fact that many business alarms do not provide coverage on roofs or other higher parts of properties. Although it may cost a little extra each month for electricity bills and result in premises being lit up like a Fourth of July celebration sky, good lighting will go a long way in deterring criminal activities.
When considering the installation of business alarms, it’s important for business owners to spend as much as they can comfortably afford to. This will ensure that full coverage of their properties is provided and that high quality monitoring and detection equipment is installed. It is also essential to only use the services and products from a reputable alarm company, as this will ensure that the installation is done according to industry standards.