The key to keeping your company safe is to ensure you’ve done a good risk assessment and implemented smart security solutions that will help minimise the risk of adverse events.
There are many security solutions on the market and we’re seeing more advanced technologies, for less money than they used to cost, that will help you stay steps ahead of potential criminal activity and dangerous situations.
In this article, we have picked ten of the best security solutions you can implement, and they don’t need to break your bank account. You will however need to make some investment if you want to make sure you keep your company, employees and customers as safe as possible.
CCTV is one of the best security cameras a business can invest in. With its 24/7 security monitoring in real time, it records every second it is operating. The latest versions are able to provide digital copies with the date and time. When installed in the best and appropriate locations, you will be able to monitor everything that is happening in the vicinity of that camera. Companies usually install more than one for maximum security, but that all comes down to what you want to spend. There is a massive range on the market to choose from, to suit all kinds of budgets, so it’s best to do your research and speak with an expert before you spend anything.
Hiring a security guard is probably the best security you can have, but they can come with a hefty price, especially if they are working after hours and on weekends. A security guard is professionally trained and their training teaches them what to look for. Criminals are less likely to break into a premise if they see a security guard.
Security alarm systems are another effective deterrent for unwarranted criminals. The latest alarms are wireless and also piggyback off CCTV cameras. There are many alarm systems available ranging from high-end, advanced systems to mobile systems, that will give you 24/7 coverage from wherever you are. The good thing about burglar alarms is that once an intruder enters the premises the siren will start screeching, and will hopefully scare any criminal so they exit as quickly as they entered. Most companies will hire security companies where the alarm will be connected to their security control centre, and guards will be there in a flash to catch any suspects, along with the police.
Fire safety and smoke alarms are probably on top of the list to keep a company safe and must have for obvious reasons – you do not want to spend thousands on other security systems and not have a smoke alarm, when the whole facility could go up in smoke in minutes. Smoke alarms are relatively cheap but again it depends how far you want to go. All smoke alarms in Australia need to be checked by the fire service, especially if they are for business. People seem to forget to check their smoke alarms at home which can be catastrophic, and something we see on the news all the time.
Door Access and Swipe Card Access Control
Access control is a crucial part of any company, especially if there’s sensitive information, tech or machinery kept onsite. It is also a smart way to protect your employees from any unauthorised person wanting to enter the building. From the old pin access pads to swipe cards and more fancy biometric access control systems, the advancements have been quite incredible. It won’t be too far in the distant future where biometric access systems will become the norm. Access control systems can now piggyback into existing security systems to create the ultimate security. If you want to have extra door security to protect valuable assets inside the premises, especially when everyone has gone home, it may be worth investing in door anchors, for peace of mind.
Privacy and Data Security
Believe it or not, cybersecurity breaches are one of the biggest threats to a company’s safety, not only for its company data but for the privacy of its employees and clients. Hiring a cybersecurity expert is probably the best way to go, as they have not only been trained but most experts are tech nerds and are highly experienced in this area. Because it is a highly technical area you need to have someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Companies are becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks and not only are hackers wanting data and company information, they are after employees and clients private information, and in most cases, credit card information. There are many cases where hackers have hacked into a company’s server and encrypted all the company’s data, then held on to that data for a hefty ransom. Don’t allow you, your company, employees and clients to become the next victims of an attack.
Safety barriers are extremely important in protecting the assets of your company. They also provide safety for employees – from machinery accidents, vehicle and pedestrian collisions and other accidents and dangerous situations. Not only will barriers increase the safety of the workplace, they will also increase the value, as putting in the right safety measures will be favourable to investors and future employees. They are also a great way to keep things organised and provide adequate protection for employees as they can minimise the risk of workplace injuries. Versatile and easy to stack, expandable safety barriers are also a very cost effective piece of safety equipment.
Bollards come in all fantastic sizes, colours, materials and decorative designs. Gone are the days when you saw the stock standard, ugly orange ones, as now you can customise them to blend in with the landscape and surroundings. Even though bollards have come a long way with design, they still retain their strength, functionality, security and protection. Whether you need to protect the outside of your company building from rogue vehicles, or use it as a protection barrier between vehicles, machinery and pedestrians, there is a bollard to suit everyone’s needs and tastes. You only have to look in trendy urban cities and public parks to see how creative you can also be with them.
Asset Protection Systems
Asset protection systems are a great and inexpensive solution to protect your company property and vehicles from damage. There are many solutions that incorporate asset protection including: vehicle bumpers, docking bumpers, shock absorbing rails, corner protectors, parking sentries, pedestrian rails and door anchors. On the other end of the asset spectrum, there are also other asset protection systems available including safes and money protection, site and loss protection, plus custom security protection solutions that can be tailored to your company needs and budget.