5 Non-Negotiable Physical Security Measures Small Businesses Must Enforce

Security is a vital concern for all enterprises. Therefore, business owners should give it proper attention. At the same time, they should dedicate adequate funding to implement various measures to ensure security.

Unfortunately, a lot of new entrepreneurs or small business owners have little understanding of what business security is. Due to this, they are unable to correctly establish security features to protect their business assets.

Typically, the misunderstanding of business owners stems from the notion that safety and security are one and the same, which is not the case at all.

What is the Difference Between Safety and Security?

Safety is mainly about protection from accidental situations. Perfect examples are the creation of fire exits for business establishments as well as the provision of fire extinguishers and signage to warn people of physical risks such as slippery floors, etc.

On the other hand, security is all about protection from intentional harm or damage, such as theft and arson.

To ensure the success of any business operation, both safety and security should be a commitment.

Establishing Security Measures for Small Businesses

Security experts strongly advise new and growing enterprises to establish a solid security strategy for operations. Studies reveal that small stores and cafés or any establishment that sells commodities with the presence of cash onsite are actually highly prone to theft and robbery (external threats).

Not only that, internal threats are prevalent in small business operations as well. Financial fraud, pilferage, and sabotage are typical security issues.

So, what should be done to safeguard your business from such threats? Listed below are five of the most important security measures to implement.

#1. Strategy lighting system

Strategic location and brightness of lighting can do wonders in preventing typical misdeeds. It automatically makes it difficult for people with ill intent toward the business to carry out their plans. With a brightly lit place, they will not be able to hide in the “cloak” of darkness.

Strong LED spotlights are particularly beneficial for outdoor lighting. They are known to deter break-ins because they brightly illuminate key locations; ditto with sensor lights which always take intruders by surprise.

#2. Concealed safety vault

This is a must for any growing business that stores a considerable amount of money for day-to-day operations. A safety vault can store different kinds of assets securely. Plus, it requires a specific code to open it, limiting access.

Another advantage of a safety vault is it can be hidden from plain sight. This makes it all the more difficult to access for just anybody.

It is important to mention, too, that a high-quality safety vaults is incredibly durable. It is the safest and most secure place for your valuables because an entire building can burn down and the vault will remain intact.

#3. CCTV cameras

A high definition CCTV security camera system is considered the most important security feature for any business. It monitors and keeps a record of all the goings-on in your day-to-day operations.

The footage from CCTV cameras is useful in detecting unusual and potentially dangerous situations. Additionally, it can reveal important information about criminal activities that can aid in investigation and prosecution.

#4. Multiple locks

Installing top quality security padlocks and chains in all entry points can thwart break-ins. Although they can be broken, burglars are usually wary of breaking them because these hard metal security implements make a lot of noise.

Also, installing several layers of these locks provide the advantage of slowing down break-in attempts.

#5. Burglar alarm system

Nothing frustrates burglars more than an alarm system. Most importantly, it creates a lot of noise so the psychological effect of the sound on the would-be intruder would be intense.

Along with this, some alarm systems are set up to be directly connected to the local police station, alerting the authorities right away about criminal activities.

If you personally want to be notified of any break-in attempts at your store, consider a GSM burglar alarm system. It will send a text message to your phone when infrared and magnetic sensors are activated by attempts of intrusion.

A Secure Place of Business

Businesses should never do without these five physical security measures. Not only will these keep business parameters secure, they will also contribute physical evidence in investigations about security breaches in your place of work.

However, do not rely solely on these devices; it is important to pair them with clever enterprise practices as well. Screen employees thoroughly, settle disputes, ensure employee satisfaction – these efforts can likewise increase the security of your operations.

Michael Dunne
Michael Dunne
Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.


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