Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Run Your Business More Safely

Commercial enterprise and security systems go hand in hand. Businesses in different industries require specialized security components and features. For instance, a retail business should have a cash drop safe that is inaccessible to employees and contract workers to deter theft. Jewelry businesses or others in need of valuable goods storage should consider reinforced entry point security. Windows should be secured and burglary prevention controls should be installed.

Basic Commercial Security Controls

Most businesses have a simple access control system. This type of security system uses a password panel along with motion detection sensors to protect the business from unauthorized access to the facility after-hours. Basic access controls may link to remote monitors that alert private security or police when commercial alarm systems transmit the appropriate signal. PLE Group is an example of a diversified security systems provider.

Security Systems

Management and staff should receive procedural systems training to protect human capital and business assets. Procedural trainings may include proper usage of the cash drop safe or silent alarms like those in use at casinos or banks:

• Procedural trainings frequently include instruction about best safety practices. Employees learn to watch for tailgating vehicles. Tailgaters can attempt to follow authorized vehicles through security checkpoints.

• Regimented after-hour escort security procedures can reduce violent crime at the employer facility. The use of escorts can include the business’ retained security or a contract patrol force.

• Businesses with multiple cash drawers, including builder supply retailers or grocery stores, may benefit from the install of a pneumatic canister safe that enables employees to make a cash drop without leaving the register. This simple change can limit the amount of time employees spend making a cash drop and reduce the number of potential problems for the retailer.

Pros and Cons of Remote Monitor Security

On the ground security can help businesses avoid blind spots of some remote monitoring camera systems. However, a remote monitor security system is advantageous for small facilities. It also provides additional support to businesses with smaller on-site security guards.

For instance, thieves planning to rob the facility first distract security guards and then break into the building via another access point. Air monitoring is important, because the system recognizes windows or doors that are breached when the on-site security guard is attending to other tasks.

Internal vs. External Loss Prevention

Many businesses report they face greater internal loss challenges. Threats of external theft may also exist. Video surveillance within the facility can help the business to catch thieves within the organization.

In retail businesses, surveillance can also reduce the number of shoplifters. A “secret shopper” team can help the business to identify or detain these thieves.