Installing an alarm system is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to protect your property from criminals. Both homes and businesses can benefit from having an alarm system, but commercial and residential systems aren’t the same.
Business alarm systems tend to be larger, more powerful, and offer greater functionality compared to residential systems. This article will describe six benefits of business alarm systems. If you’re thinking about adding a residential alarm system to your home, check out our blog on the benefits of home alarm systems.
1. Protect Your Employees
The primary purpose of any alarm system is to protect your property, including everyone and everything inside. Your employees are your company’s greatest resource, so it’s important that they feel safe and secure while working, especially if you have a reduced, late-night shift. By adding a business alarm system, your employees can perform their duties without fear of break-ins. Adding alarm buttons that can be activated manually will also give your employees additional peace of mind.
In the unfortunate event that someone does break in, the alarm system will be tripped either by the sensors or by your employees. Once the alarm sounds, the police will be notified immediately. The faster the response time, the less likely it is that anyone gets hurt.
2. Reduce the Risk of Theft
Your physical assets are valuable to your business. Unfortunately, that also means they could be valuable to someone else as well. A business alarm system will be able to protect your inventory from the three main types of thieves: criminals, employees, and customers.
In a 2017 survey that interviewed detained criminals, almost 50 percent said they wouldn’t enter a property that had a working alarm system. An additional 23 percent said they wouldn’t enter a property if they even saw evidence of an alarm system, working or not.
Not only will a business alarm system alert the authorities quickly in the event of a break-in, they can deter crimes before they even happen. Having an alarm system installed is one of the most effective ways to prevent burglars from entering your building and stealing your property.
As much as you want to trust your employees, there’s no doubt that employee theft happens occasionally. Just like the criminals who see your system and get deterred, your employees will know that you have an alarm system installed and might think twice about stealing from you. If there’s a higher risk of getting caught, they probably won’t take the chance.
Most business theft isn’t by criminals or employees; customer theft, especially for retail businesses, is the most common type of theft. In fact, shoplifting accounts for 70 percent of all theft in retail businesses.
Most retail business alarm systems are integrated with sensors at the front of the store that can detect shoplifted items. When the alarm is triggered, your staff will be able to respond immediately, preventing the loss of inventory and revenue.
3. Secure Restricted Areas
There are certain parts of commercial properties that not everyone should to have access to. These areas can be your main office, safe, storerooms, manufacturing floor, or any other rooms with sensitive information or equipment. You also might not want your employees or visitors using specific entrances or exits to the building.
Business alarm system can be used as a form of access control; you can arm specific areas to restrict access only to authorised personnel. If someone does enter a restricted area without permission, the alarm will sound, and you’ll be able to respond accordingly.
4. Monitor Environmental Changes
Whether it’s inventory or equipment, some businesses use items that are sensitive to changes in temperature or moisture. Many business alarm systems can be integrated with sensors that keep an eye on any environmental changes that could hurt your business.
In addition to environmental changes, many systems can also be integrated with your fire or carbon monoxide detection devices. If something is triggered, the alarm will send an alert to the proper authorities so they can respond quickly. You can even have alerts sent straight to your mobile device, so you can keep a watchful eye over your property even when you’re not in the office.
5. Save Money on Business Insurance
Not only will a business alarm system save money by preventing theft and vandalism, it can also save you money on business insurance. Most insurers will reduce your annual fees when you install an alarm system because your business becomes less of a risk. You can receive even deeper savings by using a business alarm monitoring service as well.
With all the savings, you could improve your bottom line and become more competitive in the marketplace.
6. Peace of Mind
The best benefit of installing a business alarm system is the additional peace of mind that you’ll have knowing that your property is protected from theft and environmental damage. Even if you never have to use your alarm system — and hopefully you won’t — just knowing that it’s always watching your back can help you and your employees relax in a safe, secure environment. Without having to watch over your property all the time, you could even take some time off!
Installing a business alarm system can be a tough decision. With so many options, how do you know which one is right for your unique needs? At Four Walls Security, we have years of experience working with Brisbane businesses, helping them choose the perfect security system, on-site installation, and ensuring that everything is working properly. We can even monitor your system 24/7 for optimal security and response times. If you have any questions regarding business alarm systems or are looking for a free, no obligation quote, contact the experts at Four Walls Security today.