Why is it important for your business to be protected by a security system? Having a business security system is not only a good idea, it is important. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were over 1.1 million burglaries in the United States in 2019 and burglary victims received an estimated $ 3 billion in property losses. Do you want to take the chance? A business security system gives you peace of mind that your company is protected.
What is a business security system?
A business security system is a collection of hardware and software such as motion sensors, cameras, door and window sensors, glass break detectors and temperature control sensors that can monitor your business and notify you and emergency services when your alarm is triggered. Normally, these systems monitor your property 24 hours a day.
Types of business security systems
There are three types of business security systems ̵
1. Alarm System m
Let's start with the most basic type of security system, a local alarm system. This type of system is not monitored by a security company but usually includes door and window sensors and motion sensors. When a sensor is triggered, a loud siren starts inside and outside the building in an attempt to scare the intruder. A local alarm system is generally the cheapest and easiest system to install. The installation can be done by the company owner. This type of system also does not require a subscription or any ongoing fees to a security company.
The disadvantages of this type of business security system are that it is not as effective when the business is unoccupied. An experienced thief can also disable this system more easily than the other systems. If you have a budget, saving for a wired or wireless business security system can be a temporary option.
2. Wired Syste m
Let's now look at a wired (central alarm) system. These are generally one of the most popular types of systems and may include a control panel, wired sensors, motion sensors and a wired camera. You can also have loud sirens installed with this type of business security system. When the wired system is triggered, a security company that monitors your company is notified. The security surveillance company will then either notify the company's owners and / or rescue services.
Some advantages of this business security system are that it runs on either a mobile phone signal or traditional phone lines and comes with battery backup in the event of a power failure. The security company will also quickly notify the rescue service. Some negatives with this type of system are the need for a service agreement or monthly fee with a security company. If the system is accidentally triggered and emergency services show up, the company owner may be charged for false alarms. If a company moves from one building to another, there is a lot of work involved in removing this type of system.
3. Wireless system
The third type of business security system is the wireless system. This type of system is very similar to the wired system. The biggest difference is that a wireless system has – you guessed it – no cables. You can also get a wireless camera system with this type of security system. A wireless system is easier to move and install than wired systems.
On the negative side, wireless systems are vulnerable to hacking because the signals can be blocked. Some cheaper systems do not encrypt the signals between the control panel and the sensors. Because it is wireless, you also need a lot of batteries.
Where to Find Business Security Systems and General Tips
The three types of business security systems all come in do-it-yourself packages and can be purchased at many local stores. Some are easier to install than others and it can be tempting to save money with self-installation. However, we recommend that you contact a security system specialist to discuss your business security system needs and the different systems available to you. The installation should be performed by a qualified professional who knows where to place the many sensors in your building to eliminate blind spots.
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As a business owner, you have valuable goods, money, equipment and information stored in your building. Installing a business security system in your premises can help keep everything safe. If you thought this post was helpful, consider reading "5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Video Surveillance." Additional resources are available in our risk control library. To discuss your business insurance options, contact your local Society agent.