Using Technology to Improve Physical Security for Your Business

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When talking about security and technology, it often relates to cybersecurity. But it’s essential for your business to pay attention to physical security too. How do you prevent unauthorized people from getting onto your premises? How do you ensure that the right people have access to the rights areas?

You need to think about how to prevent crime and keep your business secure, ensuring you don’t have to deal with anyone snooping or entering places where they shouldn’t be. Things like inventory and equipment need to be kept safe, and you have to protect your staff. As well as considering your permanent business premises, you might need to think about employees who are out on the road or in the field too. If you want to improve physical security for your business, try these technology ideas.

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Make Sure You Have a Good Alarm System

Alarm systems are essential for any business that wants to improve security. With the right alarms in place, you can deter anyone from breaking in, stealing, or vandalizing. An alarm will sound when an incident occurs, and you can even be notified right away if your alarm system is being monitored remotely. As well as having a monitoring center in charge of your alarms, you could receive direct notification of an alarm sounding so that you know immediately if there’s something that you need to deal with. However, the benefit of using a monitoring center is that they can assess what is happening before taking action.

Install CCTV

Cameras are another great deterrent to criminals to help keep your business safe. If they don’t keep intruders away, they will capture evidence of anyone who happens to come onto your premises. CCTV cameras can be closely monitored, whether it’s by your own security guard or a remote monitoring center. Being able to watch multiple cameras at once means you can get better oversight compared to having a security guard patrolling. Cameras are useful not just on your premises but in other places too, such as company vehicles. You should also put up signs to let people know that the cameras are there.

Explore Different Door Lock Options

Doors can be locked using various different technologies, which might be useful for your business. Some locks have key codes, meaning only that those who have the codes can enter certain buildings or areas. However, if those seem insecure, due to the risk of the code getting into the wrong hand, other options are available too. Key cards are one option, and you can also consider fingerprints and biometrics to allow people to gain access too. Smart locks might be scanned with a card or perhaps a mobile app that people have on their phones.

Locks can even be scheduled to lock and unlock at specific times to ensure security for your business. There are plenty of options to ensure your business’s locks are up to standard and provide the right type of security.

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Use Scannable Employee ID

Giving employees ID cards that can be scanned is another way to allow them access to the right areas and keep them out of areas where they might not need access. With scannable ID cards, you might also be able to track the hours that your employees are in the building, essentially allowing them to clock-in and clock-out. If you give them ID cards, help them to keep their cards safe by providing card holders and lanyards. Look for an ID warehouse that will allow you to order them in bulk so you can ensure you have enough. ID scanning tech could combine with high-tech clocks and clocking-in systems. It will also help people to be identifiable by other staff.

Ensure Good Security Lighting

Lighting is another important technical element to consider when improving your business’s physical security. The right lighting deters criminals and also makes your business safer too. Outside of your premises, you might have motion-sensor lights that are activated by anyone or anything moving past. These are ideal for maintaining security at night. Motion sensors can also be used to trigger cameras. External doors should be well-lit, particularly if you have cameras set up to track people coming in and out.

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Keep Mobile Workers Safe

If you have workers who are out in the field or in a mobile role, they need to be kept safe too. For example, you might have drivers or travelling salespeople who need to be protected when carrying goods or cash. GPS tracking helps you to ensure you know where these employees are at all times. When they have a mobile app that they can use to report in, you can be sure that your employees are still on the map and be made aware of any problems as soon as they arise.

Use Security Guards When Necessary

While technology is an important part of maintaining security for your business, it’s often important to use security guards too. They can help to prevent theft and ensure monitoring of your business. Security guards can make use of technology too, including radios for communication. They can also monitor CCTV and alarm systems, as well as ensure various other security technology is running as it should be. Security guards might be in charge of scanning employee ID cards and other responsibilities that could require a human touch.

Encourage Employee Security

Whatever technology you use, it’s also smart to encourage employees to take security seriously. You can make sure they know how to use any security tech that’s relevant to them so that they’re able to leave things secure. They might need to learn about the importance of keeping a door code secure or other lessons that help them to protect your business and themselves. Just ensuring they close and lock doors before leaving the premises or certain areas can help to make your business more secure on a day-to-day basis.

The right technology can improve physical security for your business, preventing break-ins, vandalism, theft, and more. Get some new tech installed to protect your business.

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Adam Tanton

Adam Tanton

Adam is a partner in B2BNN with over 15 years experience in the enterprise technology field.