The first thing to consider when deciding on business security systems is to know the basics. These tend to include a monitored burglar alarm system, access control system, and security camera and surveillance system.
A monitored burglar alarm system helps avert burglars, establishes employee safety and cuts down on employee theft. These alarm systems consist of a series of devices. These devices detect unauthorized entry. Once an unauthorized person is detected, the alarm sounds, and a signal is sent to a central monitoring station. These monitoring stations provide continuous service to your business 24/7/365 and also alert authorities to the situation.
Monitored burglar alarm systems in general have the following six main components and can be considered the backbone of most alarm systems.
- Control Panels:
These panels are the power source for your security system-- the control panels are usually located on the roof of your building or your server closet, and are connected to your phone line.
- Security Key Pads:
Security key pads are routinely installed outside the main door of your office, or specific departments and allow your employees to get in and out of the office. A two-way system allows the central monitoring station to communicate with a person who has tripped the alarm and can decide at a moment’s notice if this person is authorized to be there.
- Motion Detectors:
Motion detectors use infrared energy levels to find when an intruder is in the area.
- Door and Window Contacts:
Also using infrared technology, these devices sense when an intruder is breaking in. Located around door jams and window frames, they are triggered when a door or window is opened.
- Glass Break Sensors:
Glass break sensors are set off when they detect any acoustic shock waves from breaking glass.
When the alarm system goes off, sirens are the noise that is made. They can be attached to the inside and/or outside of your building. For more attention, strobe lights can be added.
Access control systems and card access systems are another action to take regarding your business security system. Card access systems allow employees to get in and out of your business and keep unauthorized personnel out. This system can use a keypad or card to gain access. These access control points are usually located on the main entrance of the business, but have upgrade options to allow entrance in and out of a parking gate. They range from simple systems to complex, and have attendance systems with different levels of security.
Security camera systems and video surveillance and security camera systems are another great resource to any business security system. These camera systems are another great component of your business security system. They can range from a single camera and monitor, to complex video surveillance that can consist of hundreds of cameras and multiple operators. Video surveillance is a great idea if you are thinking of preventing theft and they also can make employees feel safer.
The two major benefits of these systems are they discourage potential thieves (larger cameras are used here so the burglar notices the cameras are there) and evidence (in case theft or accidents occur). Other gains are they help to monitor cash registers, meet insurance requirements and monitor visitors. Other areas they can monitor are employee areas, especially if your company has hazardous areas.