The investment into business security systems is vital – to protect your premises, staff, equipment, stock and data. Our experts have compiled a list of tips to increase your security, and help better protect your business.

1. Install a High Quality CCTV System

Installing comprehensive CCTV is crucial to protect any business – from both external and internal theft. A CCTV system that includes high resolution video cameras, remote viewing, real-time alerts and video analytics will enable you to monitor your business 24/7, conveniently and effectively.

In the event of an incident, a HD CCTV camera will provide you with pixel-perfect footage; our products provide clear, accurate recordings that boast four times the resolution of Sky HD. These can be used as reliable evidence in court, providing you and your business with complete business security systems and you with peace of mind.

2. Invest in Paxton Access Control

Access control helps prevent any unauthorized entry to your premises. It’ll keep your building secure by securing physical entrances, gates, interior and exterior doors and controlling where and who can gain access. You’re able to monitor who comes and goes at your facility, and manage individual user permissions, ensuring access is only granted to the right people, at the right time.

Our advanced Paxton access control provides a flexible security solution, with intelligent building management and also easy administrative maintenance. Paxton access control systems are also highly-scalable and enable you to conveniently and cost-effectively add more controllers on doors within your network, as your business needs grow and develop.

3. Select the Right Security Camera for All Locations

To protect your building and grounds, the spacing and placement of CCTV cameras is vital. For building perimeters and outdoor areas, CCTV cameras also must be built to withstand harsh climate and adverse weather conditions, as well as providing reliable surveillance in dark, low-lighting environments. For this application, we would recommend a camera with an IP68 weather rating, making it suitable for outdoor use.

– Monitoring Motoring: Carparks and Garages

Installing CCTV for carparks and garages can often be a challenge – multiple cameras are required to effectively monitor these areas. A long-range camera mounted overhead can provide an overview shot of the location, and we would also recommend heavy surveillance around both entrances and exits. Furthermore, installing HD CCTV cameras and NPR (number plate recognition) will provide clear details needed to identify both car and driver.

4. Using Wi-Fi? Ensure Your Network Is Secure

If you use a Wi-Fi network, make sure it’s protected and secure. Data theft rose by 31% in 2014-2015, so it’s important to enable encryption on wireless routers and access points. Be aware – these devices do not come secured by default. It’s also a good idea to ensure than any network hardware equipment is hidden and secured from any visitors that many enter your facility. If in doubt, hide it out of the way anyway.

5. Limit Access and Shred Documents

Setting file and sharing permissions for specific folders on your network will prevent unwanted access by employees or guests. In doing this, your company files and information will remain secure and hidden from prying eyes – yet access can be granted to approved individuals, who will have no problem accessing information at any time. With physical documents and business information, always use a shredder – or you can hire a company that will safely dispose of any confidential documents for you.

6. Protect Your Premises with Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarms are the first line of defense to protecting against long-term disruption. By installing intruder alarms, you can help to prevent costly incidents before they occur; alarms on your premises will act as a deterrent to intruders and prevent break-ins. Alarms help to secure every aspect of your business, from the premises, equipment and stock, data and ultimately your business’ reputation.

We would recommend an intruder alarms system that will work alongside your CCTV and access control, to create a complete, integrated system providing security to your business.

7. Test All Security Systems Frequently

To ensure your systems are working correctly and efficiently, you must frequently test your entire operation, including intruder alarms and CCTV cameras. Ensure that all electrical cables are securely connected, with no signs of physical damage. It’s also important to check that all systems are adequately powered – you wouldn’t neglect the smoke alarm in your home, so you shouldn’t neglect your business security system. If you’re not sure how to test your system, we can help with our ongoing maintenance service.

For more information on any of these aspects of security, contact the ACC Security team – we can help you take the steps to a safer, more secure business.