Small businesses may not feel the need to protect their property with a commercial security installation, but that may be a mistake. According to a 2015 FBI report, robberies targeting small businesses increased by nearly 20% since 2015. Do not trust that a lock or a safe area protects you against all criminal elements. Instead, look for a security system that suits your business needs.
1. Ease of Installation
Any business interruption is costly. The best way to avoid lengthy service interruptions is finding a security system installer willing to work after your business hours, or who can promise a quick installation. Depending on the size of the business and installation, companies may need to close for a day to allow adequate time for an install.
2. Stream Quality
While it is reasonable to want to save money on a security system, remember that streaming and video quality add tremendous value. Opting for HD services can mean the difference between identifying a robbery suspect and only documenting the crime.
3. Scaling Options
Sometimes, you cannot purchase or handle a full-scale commercial security installation. If you cannot afford the best equipment or options, make sure the system you are buying is scalable, meaning future upgrades and additions are possible and easy. If an installer does not provide opportunities for future upgrades, then opt for another company.
4. IT Integration
You want to find a company compatible with your current IT setup. If you choose a security system that does not mesh with your existing tech, you will need to provide upkeep for two systems, which is expensive.
5. Backup Systems
Power outages happen. You do not want your security system offline during outages because that only encourages criminal activity. Instead, find a system with several backups and fail-safes to protect your business at all times.
Hiring a company for a commercial security installation is a wise decision for any sized business. Do not leave yourself vulnerable to criminal activity. Consult with a security professional to discuss your options.