If you are a business looking to upgrade your security system the options available are vast. It seems that suddenly every other website you see is trying to flog you a state-of-the-art, very expensive piece of equipment that will ensure your business will never be burgled again. In order to make things a little bit easier for you, I’m going to go through some of the options available and let you come to your own conclusions.
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It is generally accepted that CCTV is the best way to prevent shoplifting, theft and vandalism, and the best way to ensure that any perpetrators are caught. It is also becoming increasingly inexpensive. All you need is a computer dedicated to running the security system. A normal computer is fine, but it needs to have a lot of data storage space.
Most modern CCTV systems can now be accessed remotely, allowing you to keep an eye on your office wherever you are in the world. The good news is that the cost of these security systems is coming down all the time. Indeed, many people have now installed them in their homes. So there really is no excuse.
The case for a CCTV system is strong. But what about the case for an enhanced CCTV system, or HD CCTV? HD CCTV gives the same picture quality as HD TV for a security system. For some businesses, particularly those that deal in high value easy to steal products, this sort of system would be invaluable.
However, I would suggest that before you invest a large sum of money in HD CCTV, you try very hard to envisage a situation where your business would have a problem that could only be solved if the pictures being given out by its security system were a little clearer. If you could imagine such an eventuality, by all means invest the money. But if you can’t, it might be an idea to spend the money on something else. Indeed, HD CCTV provides no more deterrence to a potential thief than a standard definition system does for less than half the price.
Key Fob System
The increasing popularity of the key fob entry system is not difficult to explain. They give business owners complete control over who can come into the building, and at what times. If they don’t want certain members of staff in the office at weekends, that can be programmed into their key fob. If they don’t want certain members of staff accessing certain parts of the building, that can also be programmed into their key fob. A key fob system is also incredibly cost effective as when compared with the cost of employing a security guard.
How long without the internet would it take for your business to shut down? How much money would you lose if your business was offline for half a day? When you think about those questions, you must surely see that online security cannot be seen as an optional extra. It has to be seen as equally important to the protection of your physical assets. There are plenty of options for a business looking to upgrade its online security system, such as anti-virus programs and software that blocks and detects spam and spyware.
Naturally, security is a vital consideration for any business. There are lots of options, and lots of different opinions on what any company should invest its security budget in. The great thing about blogs like this is that they allow businesses to share their views on the best way forward. As such, this post should only be seen as a starting point, and you should all, feel free to share your thoughts below.
Alex is an enthusiastic newcomer to the world of blogging, and has a particular interest in the problems faced by modern businesses. For all your security needs he recommends Traders Warehouse.