Commercial Property Security TipsMarch 19th, 2019 by Meagan Noin
It’s important for commercial property owners to know basic security measures to best protect their properties. We wanted to share a couple of security tips for your property.
A basic alarm system should be number one on your list. These alarms are simple, convenient and don’t interfere with day-to-day operations. Also consider installing a 24/7 security monitoring system. Monitoring systems can detect entry into your business day and night. The best way you can secure your property is prevention; install an alarm system before anything happens to your property. Most alarm systems come with signage and barriers which are a good way to discourage intruders. Make it obvious that your property is monitored and protected. Taking it a step further by adding video surveillance. This allows for extra protection for both your property and your employees. Video surveillance systems can also be monitored and controlled from your smartphone, offering added convenience and peace of mind.
If you are able to, consider installing a security fence around your property. A security fence means that you can keep track of the property and who is on it. Leaving the property open means that you have no control over who enters. Even if everyone is welcome, having a fence means that you have a specific point of entry to monitor instead of trying to monitor every angle of the property.
If a fence isn’t in the cards, think about improving the outdoor lighting. If your property isn’t adequately lit, dark spaces are inviting to criminals. Install new lights or update old ones to cover the perimeter of your building. Plus, good lighting improves the capabilities of surveillance systems, as they rely on strong lighting to be able to accurately capture everything in the camera’s field of view.
Conduct regular security checks, both inside and outside of your property. When checking, look at all entry and exit points, make sure all cameras and keypads are functioning properly and undergo a perimeter sweep. Think about scheduling these security checks at regular intervals to ensure that everything is in working order.
To protect from fires, install a comprehensive fire detection system. Fire is destructive, and in a commercial property it can run rampant if not properly controlled. Having a fire detection system in place is also vital to ensuring the safety and security of all your employees.
A fire detection system can give the appropriate authorities the warning they need to get to your property in time.
It is important that you know your property. Being aware of who enters your building, how they enter and at what time is a great way to keep things safe. If applicable, think about hiring a receptionist for the entrance area. Or, if you have a larger property, you may even want to consider hiring a security guard. This ensures that the receptionists or security guard sees everyone that enters and exits the property. Additionally, implementing a visitor’s log can provide history along with discouraging intruders.
When it comes down to security for your commercial property, don’t overdo it. Think smart and be aware.