Top 10 Issues For Commercial Security Systems
The security industry used to be simple. A business would hire a night watchman and that was it. Then burglar alarms came along which rang a bell when a window or door was broken. The alarms were connected to alarm monitors. Surveillance CCTV cameras became available but were expensive so only large firms could afford them. Now CCTV cameras are small and very low-cost. Motion detectors, heat detectors and the list goes on. In short, the commercial protection business is complex. It is little wonder that business owners are confused about what is available, what is relevant to their application and how do they mange it all.
Below are some common questions about security systems for commercial applications.
What security systems do I need?
This depends on the premises or assets you are trying to protect. For example, if you have a retail operation and want to discourage shoplifters, ceiling mounted CCTV cameras would be the best option. You can also use these to monitor staff too. But if you have a large factory then you will need much bigger CCTV cameras. Also you may have a big area to your establishment in which case a perimeter protection device such as a Passive Infrared (PIR) Motion Detector could be what you need. To fully understand what security devices you need, talk to a security company.
Where do I place the security devices?
This follows on from the first question and requires the assistance of a skilled security consultant. Since ach situation is different, they can use their experience to say where different devices ought to be placed to give you best coverage.
Is my level of security appropriate for my needs/risks?
Given the expansion and progress of technology many people wonder if their existing security equipment is still up to the job. For many situations, your equipment may well be suitable however, it is a good idea to contact a security consultant who can advise you.
How do I install the security system?
There are many security systems that you can buy in your local electronics shop or hardware store. These are designed to be easy to install but they are also generally designed for domestic use rather than the bigger demands of a commercial protection requirement.
The bigger systems are more complex and usually require a trained professional to install, test and commission a security system. It is a false economy to save a relatively small amount by installing yourself if the system doesn’t give you the protection you need.
How do I monitor against intruders?
There are various ways to monitor intruders. A burglar alarm is the most common method coupled to infra-red motion detectors. You can also use heat change detection, broken surface or perimeter devices can alert the alarm monitor if a window or fence has been broken. And of course surveillance cameras provide video alerts. However CCTV requires a person watching the monitor screens whereas the other devices can raise an alarm automatically depending on their functionality.
For best protection you should have your different devices connected to a 24-hour alarm monitoring company. Here any break-in or alarm is caught immediately and an alarm can be raised. They will also be connected to either mobile patrols or to the local police so a security office can be on the scene very quickly. This is more cost-effective than employing your own staff.
How do I test the devices are working?
Each system has its own testing process which takes time and resources to learn and deploy. However an alarm monitoring company will have the devices on automatic test or will have regular on-site testing.
What about servicing and maintenance?
Here again it is sensible to work with a security company. Part of their agreement should include regular servicing and maintenance. It might also include regular upgrades to newer devices. Again this is far less cost than employing and training your own permanent service crew.
Also, since security devices these days are more complex than in the past, it requires specialist training to understand the devices, the electronics and the connectivity to the monitoring station.
Can I check my staff when I am away from the office?
Yes is the short answer. You can install CCTV security cameras which you can monitor from your laptop. However, the down-side is that you have to be watching your screen at all times for this to be fully effective. If you connect to a security camera monitoring service, they can check your staff for you.
Is my security advisor registered and qualified to guide me?
This is a good question since there are many electricians who claim to be able to install security systems. While this is true to some extent, it is not possible for them to be able to keep up-to-date with the latest developments n this fast moving industry so they may not be recommending the most suitable equipment for you.
Sometimes they will not give you the best protection while at other times they may over protect you which means more cost than is necessary.
Further, they cannot ensure a complete end-to-end security solution for you. A specialist security company that has a round-the-clock monitoring service too will be up-to-date on the current trends, know which products are best suited to your situation, be able to advise on the most cost-effective systems, install, service and maintain the devices and provide the 24/7, monitoring to make your premises as secure as possible.
How much does it cost for business security systems?
Since each situation and requirement is different the cost will vary for every security installation. There are also various factors to include such as the type and number of devices, the installation, monitoring and service agreements.
The security industry is competitive so look for a top Auckland security company and ask for a quote to protect your premises. One of the biggest and best security companies in Auckland is Global Security who you can find here.