The discussion of private security systems often centers around residential use, but most small businesses require a similar system that relies on the same array of equipment and services. The process of choosing small business security systems can be overwhelming. After all, there’s a lot riding on the line, and the security system is the first and most important line of defense against theft and other crime.
Commercial security systems must be versatile because the needs of the business will change over time. Furthermore, that change is often not a matter of choice and is caused by external factors, such as the market or supply network. In a modern system, the best way to ensure future versatility is to design a distributed system that communicates wirelessly. Portable sensors, for instance, can be moved around the premise as needed.
Opt for Usability over Sophistication
In an effort to be versatile, however, it’s important not to become too enamored with sophistication. Commercial security systems typically require multiple employees to master them and use them consistently. Ideally, you want a system that is intuitive and easy to use. Make sure to choose an alarm service that is willing to teach new employees and is available when any issues occur.
Base Decisions on Practical Needs
Many of the decisions regarding small business security systems are essentially made in advance. For instance, the insurance company will likely have some requirements, and it’s important that all of those are met by the system. It also helps to speak to other local businesses and law enforcement. Consider factors such as local crime rate statistics and the presence, or lack thereof, of neighborhood watch.
Optimize the System for the Business
Base design choices around the way that the company functions naturally. Do not choose a system and then require the business to conform to it. In doing so, you’re just inviting inconsistency, which will cost you more in the end. If you have multiple employees coming in and out of the building at a wide range of hours, then consider investing in a system that includes access control.
Rely on a Professional Assessment
Services that install small business security systems will assess the physical environment as well as the business environment, and then develop a plan based on that assessment. The service will also adjust the plan based on the wishes of the business owner: the customer is always right. Keep that in mind, and when you make a demand, make certain that it’s in the best interest of the business.
Choose the Alarm Service with Care
Since you’ll be relying so heavily on that professional assessment, it’s crucial that the company you choose is an innovator with an exceptional reputation within the community. Ideally, your alarm company will develop a security system that is uniquely suited to your business. Never settle for anything less, and a cookie-cutter alarm plan serves as a warning that you should heed.
It’s for these reasons that so many small businesses in Idaho choose AlarmCo for their commercial security systems. AlarmCo specializes in security and fire protection and has a superior reputation for building alarm systems for unique security needs. AlarmCo also provides Idaho’s only local 24-hour UL-certified monitoring station, which assures that your alarms are handled properly as they occur, whether or not you’re on site.