Small Business Security Systems – 4 Things You Need to Know in 2021
Considering business security systems to protect your small business?
Securing your small business is essential and comes with many responsibilities – like providing a safe and secure environment in which to conduct business.
Effective business security systems aren’t built on a single procedure or piece of off-the-shelf equipment. It is vital to anticipate potential security risks based on the latest trends, and plan for your specific needs.
When considering business security systems for any SME, you'll need to know the following:
- How has COVID-19 changed the shape of business security?
- Why is smart security business-critical?
- Why a professional site security surveys is a positive and important first step
- Keep forward-planning and risk management in focus
1. How has COVID-19 changed the shape of business security?
COVID-19 has challenged us as a society and the scope and role of security have also transformed as a result. Businesses now have a greater need to support healthier and more efficient environments, as well as protecting physical and digital assets. This has prompted a rapid shift from analogue and disparate to digital, touchless and highly integrated business security systems.
More than half (56%) of organisations without security systems in place plan to invest in two or more security products/systems in the next 12 months, with 24-hour alarm/video monitoring services towards the top of the list.
2. Why is smart security business-critical?
Security challenges for small businesses come in many forms – like theft, burglary, and fire. It is important to remember that the aim of any business security system is to protect the lifeblood of your business – cash flow.
Intruders could steal stock, equipment, and data, which would severely affect your cash flow. As well as replacing stolen items, you may also need to repair damage caused to your premises and even close temporarily. Successive studies suggest that around 80-90% of small businesses fail because of bad cash flow (Simply Business).
The safety of your employees and customers is also imperative. This includes putting the right systems in place to cover your unique needs, such as a panic button. Smart video surveillance can also alert you on your mobile phone and could save precious minutes in the response to any threat or danger - not to mention providing critical evidence to any investigation.
Threats to your bottom-line don’t just come in the form of dangerous intruders breaking into your site, cost inefficiencies can also take their toll. Smart business security systems can provide analytics to help you optimise employee shift patterns and even reduce energy costs.
3. Why a professional site security survey is a positive and important first step
A 2017 UK Victimisation survey found that between 30% and 60% of small businesses (under 50 employees) experienced crime. The best business security systems are built on knowing where the weak points are.
Intruders look for weak points in your premises, such as windows, back entrances, and side doors – or generally any area that hasn’t been properly secured. Once inside, they’ll continue to look for sensitive areas – such as stock rooms, cash offices, and staff areas.
A report in 2019 found that employee theft accounted for almost a quarter (22%) of all shrinkage in shops in the UK. It is never nice to think of our colleagues in this way but putting the right measures in place to deter this behaviour could protect your cash flow.
To identify and address any weak points in and around your premises, it is beneficial to conduct a thorough professional site survey. This involves reviewing your entrances, exits and any other potential gaps in your business security. An expert will be able to identify unsecured locations and suggest which security measures to put in place.
4. Keep forward-planning and risk management in focus
We’ve established security should be one of the key areas you address strategically from day one. But it is important to remember that you’ll need to adapt your plans for security as your business grows and as security challenges change over time.
The best business security systems are built to be smart and adaptable to ensure risks are managed appropriately as the business grows. Having analytics to hand in a simple mobile app and the backing of a reliable security partner will help you anticipate and plan for the future.
If you like the sound of smarter business security, with more control, less inconvenience and the ability to see what's happening in your business, then STANLEY Security can help you.
Get in touch - we would love to meet with you and go over your security needs.