Securing your start-up - what you need to deter and detect intruders
Intruder prevention is important for businesses to protect their cash flow, safety, and reputation. A good entry-level security system will help both deter and detect intruders.
This doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, but small businesses should give careful consideration around the choice of technologies and security partner to ensure that risks are comprehensively addressed, and that the system is fit-for-purpose in the long run.
Here are key considerations when selecting your intruder detection system and installation partner.
1. Keep control of your security at all times
A first and key consideration ought to be how easy your system will be to operate by all users. While all systems provide the basic functionality you’d expect, few business owners think about how their security system will adapt to their operational needs. For example, do you tend to receive deliveries out of hours? Do members of staff regularly forget the code to arm or disarm the system? Then you’ll need to look beyond the use of the traditional onsite, wall-mounted keypad and seek a system that gives you control remotely.
The STANLEY Interactive system, for example, allows businesses to remotely lock and unlock doors or arm/disarm the system, as well as to receive notifications and set automated actions – so no matter where users are, they are informed of any potential events and can act immediately.
2. Make yourself unattractive to intruders
Many intrusion events are opportunistic. Visible deterrents, such as Outdoor sirens, or bell boxes, will signal to intruders that your premises will not be an easy target, so they are less likely to attempt entry.
A high-volume siren also draws attention to a property when triggered, and an intruder is therefore more likely to flee if one is activated. Indoor sirens can add an additional line of detection should an intruder manage to enter the premises.
3. Strengthen your first line of defence
Detecting intruders early increases the chances of stopping them in their tracks. There are two important components to consider here – door/window contacts and motion sensors. Contacts detect when a protected door or window is opened. Motion sensors detect movement inside the premises. When these devices detect unauthorized activity, the security system will trigger certain actions. Depending on your system and the services you subscribe to, this can be a loud on-premise noise, a text alert to your mobile phone, or a call from a professional alarm receiving centre.Both types contacts and motion sensors can be installed in external and internal areas, but external motion sensors are particularly useful for giving early warning of an approaching intruder.
4. Seek professional advice for your system installation
The installation of your system is as important as its components, so we always recommend that you have it done by a professional security partner. An engineer should first survey your premises to identify vulnerable points and then will install and set up a system that is fit for purpose and offers the best coverage of weaker points.
5. Growing your system
As your business grows, your security system will likely need more advanced functionality. This could mean adding CCTV for visual verification and evidence gathering, and access control to manage access and people flows more effectively. Your security partner that can help you grow your system.
To find out more about how other businesses have benefited from our security, read the case study below to see how we helped a vehicle wrapping company protect their clients’ supercars and high-end vehicles.