When it comes to commercial security systems, foresight is less expensive than hindsight!
If you are like 99.9% of all businesses out there, you opened your own business to make money. Many hours, sleepless nights and missed family affairs, have contributed to your success. The last thing you need, is someone collecting a paycheck and helping themselves to your profits.
According to the National Federation of Independent Business:
- 30% of employees steal
- 60% would steal if given motive or opportunity
- $6 billion or $4500 per employee is stolen annually from US businesses
If you have been delaying your decision on installing security solutions in your business here are some tidbits for your consideration:
1. Security System
Last year a business in our area was reported to have lost $24,000 in property. Among the missing items, a company truck which authorities believe to be the get away vehicle. The crooks found the keys and drove out with high dollar equipment and personal property including part of a coin collection that was in the owners office. The criminals knew how to gain entry to the warehouse and right where the high priced items were located. The crooks have not been apprehended, but an inside job is suspected.
The cost of a properly installed security system may have deterred this property loss. Unfortunately, many businesses choose to install a system after an incident like this occurs. So prepare yourself now. Check with your property insurance company to see what discounts are available to you if you install a security system in your building.
You put in enough hours at the office during the day. And though we all know, business owners are superheros, you can’t be everywhere at the same time. But with cameras, you have an extra set of eyes to watch your business, even multiple locations, all at one time through a computer or smartphone. Install cameras anywhere theft may occur; from supply rooms to outdoor dumpsters. With these second set of eyes, you can also record footage for later use. Integrated modular designs allow you to tie your security system and cameras together for a complete package; all of this, available at your finger tips.
3. Access Systems
The second largest loss to businesses is time card manipulation. Access systems offer business owners a second way to confirm time clock entries. Using online reports, authorized personnel can print activity to verify when employees enter work and return from lunch. Access systems also offer owners the ability to allow only authorized users to enter certain areas of the building on scheduled time tables. So if you want your IT person to have authorization to your server room, between the hours of 8am and 5pm, go online, enter his FOB number, enter your server room zone and schedule. You’re done. No need to collect keys from a disgruntled employee. Simply call your central station and have his FOB removed to immediately deny re-entry.
With any commercial security system you install, the odds of employee theft dramatically decrease. If you would like a free security assessment for your business feel free to contact us!