Over the last twenty years, the price of security technology has declined substantially. So much so, in fact, that most small businesses can now afford to install a whole fleet of security solutions to protect their assets.
Once upon a time, high-tech security was seen as almost Orwellian. But it’s not Big Brother than we need to fear when it comes to our businesses. It’s thieves breaking into our warehouses and stockrooms. Or worse still, our own colleagues.
Losses from theft can really eat into our profit margins. Fortunately, technology offers a solution. It helps both dissuade would-be criminals and convict those daft enough to actually try anything.
Cameras have come a long way since their inception. And now there are a range of solutions out there for different circumstances. Dome cameras, for instance, are excellent for surveying a large indoor spaces. Many now come in high definition as well and have varifocal lenses, so you can more easily track anything suspicious.
If your business is serviced by a driveway, or a long road leading up to your facilities, it’s a good idea to know when people are coming in and out. Better still, it’s helpful for you to know someone is there and for them not to know you’re monitoring them.
That’s where a driveway alarm can come in handy. Attach these little chaps to trees or wooden poles and detect movement. They’re usually inconspicuous. And better still, they don’t need to be wired up. Many models use their own internal, reusable lithium batteries and an onboard solar panel.
As soon a potential criminal breaks the beam they emit, the unit will send a signal back to a receiver at your end, alerting you of any intruders. What’s more, sensors are able to distinguish between small objects, like birds, and say, a large getaway truck.
Security mirrors are great for bosses who want to keep an eye on all parts of their operation. Plus, for busy driveways with poor views, they’re a must for safety.
Mirror’s are good for observing disabled machines or for identifying problems in hard to reach areas.
Many businesses hold at least something of value on their premises. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something physical, though. Criminals nowadays are just as much as likely to target things like data and intellectual property.
If you’re a business that relies on data, it’s essential to use the latest technology to protect it. Modern intruder alarms can be an excellent deterrent. They also give you peace of mind when you’re away. Having a direct line to a local police station is a big help for sleeping at night and for lowering insurance premiums.
And lastly, having an intruder alarm, as with any other security measure, reduces your downtime. This can, for some businesses, actually be much more costly than the theft of a bit of stock. Often it’s the interruption to the normal, daily activities of the business that can prove to be the most costly.