Protecting your Employees and Business
How to Buy a Commercial Security System
Most businesses must consider their own security sooner or later. When a business decides to purchase a commercial security system, a number of things should be discussed with a professional installer. Morris Security is here to help you answer some critical questions.
What is your budget? If your budget is tight, this will, of course, affect the type of security system that you can afford. Remember, however, that you can often save hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars per year on insurance once you've installed a security system for your business. Talk with your insurer beforehand.
What is your security plan? Will your company be hiring a security person or team of security personnel? If not, purchase a security system that is simple to operate. Accidentally tripping the alarm more than three times may incur a fee in some areas.
Why do you need a security system? Are you looking for protection for your physical store or office? Or are you more concerned about security for your electronic records? Is there a particular room or set of rooms in your building that need additional security? A basic commercial security system, focused on physical protection of an actual space, typically uses motion detectors and/or door alarms.
What is basic to the system and what add-ons features are available?
You may need additional smoke detectors in your office. Or you may want to hand out portable panic buttons to all of your employees. Perhaps you'll want to add closed circuit television monitoring, or glass-break detectors for all of the windows.
Security Solutions that are Industry Specific
Access control systems: Secure sensitive areas of your business as well as manage employee tardiness and turnover. Secure Access allows you to control facility doors from your computer. Each cardholder is assigned specific days, times and doors that access will be granted.
Locks: Magnetic locks and secure keyways are essential for today’s businesses.
High-tech surveillance: Indoor/outdoor camera solutions with remote viewing allows security cameras to be monitored over a secure broadband connection on a PC or mobile phone.
Fire protection: Provide a safe work environment detecting heat and smoke 24/7, protecting your assets.
Intercom systems: Identify visitors prior to permitting access via voice and video. Alerts employees to emergencies quickly.
Intrusion detection: Safeguard your building with motion detectors, photoelectric beams, magnetic contacts, sensors and glass break detectors.
Key elements for a Basic Commerical Security System
A Secure Power Source: You don't want a security system connected to a power source that can be easy accessed and shut down. Many power source control panels are placed on the roof or in a secure server closet.
Limited Access to Control Pads: You want someone on the premises at all times who can arm or disarm the system, but you will want to limit the number of employees with this type of access.
Intruder Detection: From motion-activated sensors, acoustic receivers that detect breaking glass, and magnetic contacts for door and window jambs, if there's a weak link a professional burglar will find it. You’re security system must take these all into account and implement solutions to deter burglars.
Response System: If the system is breached, you want all hell to break loose including interior and exterior sirens, strobe lights, and a remote monitoring service to dispatch law enforcement to the scene.