Does my business need a security system?
If you’re about to open – or recently have opened – a new business with physical premises, you might be wondering whether you ought to install some kind of security system.
A new business like this can involve a significant initial investment, so while it makes sense to protect that investment in any way you reasonably can, you might also be wondering whether it’s really going to be worth that extra outlay.
This article will examine five key reasons why a professionally installed security system should be an essential component of any new business with its own premises.
Protect valuable assets, stock and equipment
If your business is clearly going to be storing things of value on the premises, thieves are going to target you. That could be the things you’re making and/or selling, machinery, expensive tools, computers, vehicles and so on.
Suffering break-ins and the loss of such valuable items and equipment doesn’t just represent the immediate financial cost of fixing any damage and replacing lost assets. It could also mean that you’re unable to carry out your business until those items have been replaced, or that you’re unable to fulfil orders and other commitments, representing a potential loss of confidence in your customers.
Security systems such as CCTV cameras and intruder alarms (preferably monitored 24/7 for extra effectiveness) can be useful tools in deterring, catching and providing evidence against those seeking to break-in and steal from you and your business.
Protect against vandalism and opportunistic break-ins
Even if it’s not immediately obvious that a successful break-in at your premises could definitely yield a worthwhile haul, opportunistic thieves might chance their arm if they think they could get in to check without putting themselves at too much risk. Meanwhile, others unfortunately still seem to find pleasure in causing wanton and pointless vandalism.
Good security systems won’t just make it harder for such people by ensuring that there’s a better chance of catching and punishing them should they try it, they’ll also give them cause to not even bother trying at all. For example, the mere presence of surveillance cameras has been consistently shown to be enough to deter potential thieves and vandals from chancing spontaneous crimes.
Monitor staff and/or customers
We would all prefer to think that our staff and customers are completely honest, but put this into practice and you’ll soon find that there are plenty of people out there ready to take advantage of your generous spirit.
Whether it’s shoplifters stealing your stock or your own staff also stealing from you or just not doing the work they’re supposed to the minute your back is turned, security cameras are a great way of letting them know you’ve got your eye on them.
Don’t forget, however, that if you do go down this road, you will need to comply with data protection regulations – you can find out more about this by reading our recent Guide to Data Protection Laws and the Use of CCTV at Commercial Property.
Save on insurance and provide evidence for any claims
Yes, there’s an initial cost in getting a security system installed, but you’ll pay considerably lower insurance premiums as a result. And if there’s any kind of issue – not necessarily related to break-ins or theft – that might lead to a claim, security cameras might just provide the evidence you need to back up that claim.
Bespoke systems individually designed
Engage the services of a professional security company like Scutum London, and you can get a bespoke system designed and installed that deals with the specific security concerns related to your premises. That will include identifying and protecting particularly weak or vulnerable points likely to be targeted by experienced thieves. They’ll also take into account your likely budget so will make sure you’re getting the best and most effective solution that you can afford.
Here at Scutum London, we can provide effective and modern security systems for businesses of all sizes and all budgets across London, Surrey and the rest of the South East.
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About Scutum London
Scutum London is a leading expert in fire safety and security solutions for businesses and organisations located across South East England, including London and Surrey.
From fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire risk assessments to access control, CCTV and intruder alarm systems – and a lot more besides – we offer a comprehensive range of products and services designed to keep you, your business and your staff and visitors safe.
With decades of industry experience to call on, we’re proud to hold accreditations from leading trade associations and bodies such as British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE), the British Fire Consortium, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).
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