ACC Security share their top tips for businesses to stay secure over Easter weekend and the spring-summer bank holidays.

Easter is the first of the new season of bank holidays each year, with the double hit of Good Friday and Easter Monday seeing many businesses shut up shop for a four-day stretch – and with the lighter evenings and warmer weather too, that can leave some at risk from unwanted intruders

Securing your premises is not just a smart move for Easter, either, with the May and Spring bank holidays coming within a matter of weeks, and more long weekends to follow over the course of the summer.

If you are a small business and likely to close for a week or more to take a holiday, then again, preventing burglaries should be a priority as part of your overall site security, with technologies like access control, CCTV and intruder alarms all on your side in keeping unwanted individuals out of your property while you are away.

 

Access control – who’s in while you’re out?

Modern access control technology not only allows you to give access to authorised individuals while you are away; it also means you can tell exactly who has been in and out of the building when you return.

Each staff member receives a unique entry PIN code or a key fob that means if they enter the building when you are not there, it will be on record.

This means you don’t run the risk of having many sets of identical door keys out there – and if a fob is lost or a PIN number becomes public knowledge for any reason, you can deactivate them quickly without compromising the rest of your security.

It’s a great way to flexibly provide secure access to authorised individuals while you are away, even by creating temporary PIN numbers that you can revoke when you return, and all without putting extra copies of your door keys into circulation.

 

CCTV – keep an eye on things

CCTV has been a valuable addition to site security for many years, from back in the days of analogue cameras connected to video cassette recorders, but like the transition from VHS to DVD to online streaming of movies, CCTV has also undergone a similar evolution over the decades.

When you install a modern digital camera system, or adapt an existing CCTV system, you are able to log in and watch live footage over the internet, from a computer or even a compatible smartphone, and that means if you’re planning to go away for the Easter weekend, a bank holiday city break or even a longer holiday, you can still check your premises by sight from anywhere with internet access, and at any time of day or night.

Remember to make sure your premises are properly covered by camera viewpoints, not only including all external doorways and entry points, but also any large windows that could be used to gain access. Our team can help you to plan your camera coverage to make it as strong as possible.

 

Intruder alarms – a deterrent in the dark

An alarm system in itself is an effective deterrent, making your premises less appealing to opportunistic thieves, and alerting passers-by or the police to any attempts to gain unauthorised access. Just the sound of an alarm going off will make many thieves leave immediately, and more than half of all burglaries of alarmed premises are unsuccessful.

You don’t have to rely just on an audible alarm, either – bright spotlighting and floodlighting, combined with motion sensors, will not only disorientate a would-be burglar on a dark night, but can also make sure your CCTV cameras get a clear look at them on their way out.

Together, modern security systems help to keep out unauthorised individuals, let in the authorised ones, and monitor who’s gaining access around the clock – giving you complete visibility of your premises while you’re away enjoying a hard-earned break.

 

With burglaries, it’s well known in the security industry that homes are generally targeted more than businesses. But, although residential burglaries often outnumber non-residential burglaries, businesses usually suffer much higher rates of victimisation. This means that the knock-on effects often cost more, with long-term negative and financial impact.

However, research shows some slightly different statistics for retail businesses. Findings from the International Crimes against Business Survey (ICBS) show that retail premises experienced overall burglary rates, including attempted burglary, ten times those of households. Therefore, if you own a shop or retail business, you must consider your security – we’ve gathered information from industry research to explain why.

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What do darker nights mean for your business?

It happens every year – the clocks go back at the end of October and we say goodbye to summer and spring for what often seems like an eternity. When the clocks go back, days become shorter and nights last longer – and as a result, risk to our businesses increases.

Most burglaries occur at night – as opportunistic thieves prefer to operate under the cover of darkness. Studies show that 61% of burglaries occur overnight, with these instances of theft also proving more expensive to victims. (more…)

 

Protecting from burglary and break ins

More often than not, burglary and break-ins are detrimental to businesses. Reports show that the average cost of burglary to a business is around £3,986 – so it’s important to prevent burglaries wherever possible. No matter the size, type or location of your company, a break-in can be devastating. So how do you protect yourself?

Combining access control, intruder alarms and CCTV to create a comprehensive security system is generally the best way to protect your premises against external threat, but is there anything else you can do? We’ve identified other steps that you can take to better protect your business from the risk of burglary and break-ins. (more…)

 

Even more integration for Paxton Net2…

Our partners Paxton, the UK’s market-leader of electronic IP access control and door entry solutions has announced the integration of its networked access control system, Net2, with Milestone Systems’ newest video management software (VMS).

This latest integration allows the user to display access control events and monitor video surveillance cameras from the Milestone XProtect Smart Client, a fantastically advanced and versatile piece of software. (more…)

 

Improving business productvity

When it comes to modern-day security systems, a costly purchase can often turn into a cost-saver. Thanks to the ability to link many different systems together, there are now opportunities to create intelligent security solutions. These will add many benefits to your business and its security. One main benefit? Increased productivity.

How can access control improve productivity? (more…)

 

Security system maintenance

Investing in System Maintenance

So, you’ve taken the steps to install a comprehensive security system for your business. Congratulations! But the efforts don’t end there, as with any product or system, parts can become worn and may need servicing.

A security system maintenance package will protect your business at all times – eliminating the possibility of any equipment failure and resulting vulnerability. Having a maintenance contact in place will not only keep your system running to its fullest potential, but it can also prolong the life of your equipment.

Today, we’ve listed the top five reasons as to why it’s crucial to have a security system maintenance agreement in place. (more…)

 

MUSTERD evacuation monitoring

Net 2 Integrated with Thinking Software’s MUSTERD

Today we’re bringing you more news from Paxton, the UK’s market leader of electronic IP access control. After announcing its advanced video integration last month, Paxton has yet again improved its networked access control system, Net2 – and we’ve got all the details.
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Access control business checklist

Business booming? It’s time to install access control

If you’re a business owner, whether large or small, you’re likely to be concerned with your security – and rightly so. Taking the steps to protect your livelihood, including premises, stock and staff should sit high on your business checklist. And the best way to do this? Installing access control.

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Paxton announce the integration of its networked access control system, Net2, with Dahua video systems

The integration will provide a user-friendly interface to manage building security more easily, allowing for the easy configuration of Network Video Recorder (NVR) and Digital Video Recorders (DVR) with access control. Cameras can be associated to individual doors, enabling users to monitor video associated to access events. This provides a more comprehensive service for users, enabling them to take necessary actions both in real-time and post-events.

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