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Implementing a physical security system

In today's highly digital business world, implementing robust security systems is a no brainer. Unfortunately, not all companies share the same compassion for physical protection, as many organizations have not implemented burglar detection and prevention services, even though doing so will help decision-makers stay one step ahead of criminals.

Security consultants often tell decision-makers they should implement business alarm systems to protect and keep people, equipment and intellectual property out of harm's way, according to a report by Business News Daily. Executives should also try to think like a thief and determine any vulnerabilities that could be exposed by an individual's intent on doing damage to a firm.

These evaluations should cover a range of topics, including where an office is physically located and the crime rate of the surrounding area, the news source said.

"Many crimes occur as a result of a thief's ability to commit the crime and leave within a very short period of time," video surveillance expert Steve Surfaro said, according to Business News Daily. "Therefore, if you are close by locations of criminal behavior, or if your store or office is easily breached within a short duration, you need to consider methods of making your facility less appealing to the criminal."

Eliminating crime with technological deployments
Decision-makers should implement surveillance cameras around the perimeter of their facility so any criminal activity can be caught on film, the news source said. Executives may also consider installing signs warning intruders that any malicious activity will be recorded and sent to local law enforcement agencies.

Small firms in particular should think about consulting with a trusted third party to leverage monitoring solutions, as these organizations may not have the manpower or financial backing to hire security guards. As a result, companies can be sure their facility is protected at all hours of the day, even when no one is physically present.

"The idea behind installing a security system is reducing the risk of loss, as well as saving money that might potentially be lost due to a security breach," security expert David Gottlieb said, according to Business News Daily. "With no security system in place, a small business owner is risking anything they have inside the business, both hard assets and soft assets, like digital information regarding employees or financials."

Finding the right security system
Since there are a number of vendors in the market today, it may be difficult for small organizations to find the right solutions that meet demand and budgetary restraints. Gottlieb said decision-makers should look for solutions that follow the "three D's" – detect, document and deter.

"First, an alarm system should detect a breach in security," Gottlieb said, according to the news source. "Going a step further, it should be able to document activity happening in the facility, either by real-time alerts or video surveillance. Finally, a security system should deter, utilizing access control to prevent unauthorized people from entering the business or granting limited access to certain areas of the facility."

A separate report by SuperCircuits echoed the fact that decision-makers need to do some research before jumping headfirst into the physical security aspect of their organization, as many firms blindly purchase solutions and regret their choices down the road.

As the ongoing macroeconomic crisis continues to drive malicious individuals to commit crime, the private sector needs to wake up and implement robust physical security systems to keep sensitive and valuable assets protected. Neglecting to implement surveillance or access control systems can have disastrous consequences.

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