How much do you really need to worry about small business security? I mean it’s not like someone would really be interested in anything you have in your office right? And your employees are all good people so they’re only going to have the business’ best interests at heart… Yeah that’s what we all think. As small business owners there is a very fine line between business and personal because there isn’t that much of you to go around, right? Being that close to the issue though tends to blur our vision a bit and you can bet in the end the person to get hurt is going to be YOU. Security systems and alarms are important, they’re important because of the professionalism they convey to your employees, to potential crooks, to investors, to you and to the world in general. Those people who are business savvy, who are ready to think objectively about protecting this thing that is the most important to them—those are the people that are really safe. So consider these tips about how to set up your small business alarm system and if you do it right you can continue to be in love with your work while your security system watches your back.
Tip #1- Set Up Monitoring
You don’t want to have to watch your employees, but there is no better way to catch suspicious activity before it becomes a completed crime than through surveillance and monitoring cameras. While audio recording in nearly all states is illegal, video surveillance is completely legal as long as the cameras are only in areas that would be considered public areas under reasonable logic: locker rooms and bathrooms are a no-no. If you’re still worried about legalities tell your employees there will be surveillance when you hire them and have them sign a waiver saying that’s okay. Use surveillance inside your business and outside at every entry to the business for complete protection from thieves.
Tip #2- Controlled Access is Not Distrusting
Controlled access refers to the various methods through which you can restrict access to certain areas of your business. If all employees should be allowed into all areas door codes can still be a good idea because you can see if anyone is going places they shouldn’t at odd hours. It’s not distrusting to assign everyone their own code and keep an eye on business. Additionally with electronic keys and locks others without the codes can not get in.
Tip #3- Respect Natural Security
It is important to respect natural security, this means the landscaping around your property and the design of your office layout. If there are huge bushes by your doorways or hedges along the sidewalk you could be endangering your employees by creating hiding spots for predators. Also these spots are likely areas where a burglar targeting your business will hide until they can get access. Make sure that you have lights over your doorways, locks on your doors, windows and important products or resources.
Tip #4- Educate Employees
Finally, communicate to employees why security is important. Create policies such as: no one finishes and closes up work alone or always report in to the boss when you’re closing up. Policies like this protect all parties involved. When expectations are clearly expressed it is easier for them to be followed and easier to trust that others will live up to those expectations. Also if they know what an alarm means they will be able to act upon it and ensure that you get the help you need to defend your business.