Choosing an Electronic Security System for Your Business

Protecting your employees, yourself and your business should be top priority. Here’s what to look for in an electronic security system.

Posted by Timothy Dimoff in on December 13th, 2016

How do you know if your business needs an electronic security system? And how do you know which one is the best fit? Electronic security systems are important for many reasons including safeguarding the health and safety of your employees, as well as serving as a protection for your property and equipment.

How do you determine which type of security system is right for your business? Electronic security systems come in many designs and sizes. No matter which one you choose, they all require updating and regular maintenance.

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Here is an overview of various types of systems:

Video Surveillance

You can even install a system that allows you to see what’s happening no matter where you are.
This type of system is best used to protect your premises, building and outside areas like parking lots, etc. The advantage is that it lets you monitor the areas 24/7. You can even install a system that allows you to see what’s happening no matter where you are.

One of the best advantages of this type of system is that it provides video coverage which can be important in the event you have an incident that needs police investigation or insurance claims.

Intrusion Detection Alarm

These systems provide a strong deterrent to burglars and employee theft.
This type of system generally covers the interior of your premises. The main advantage of this system is that it can help protect you from theft, vandalism or even intruders.

These systems provide a strong deterrent to burglars and employee theft. Intrusion detection alarms generally include entry detection devices, motion detectors and glass breaking sensors which are monitored by a third party. These systems also provide 24/7 protection.

Computer Security System

Every business should install one of the systems on their computers.
This type of system is designed to protect your files, documents, and other information. It is generally a software package that includes a firewall and antivirus programs as well as other programs that run on your computer system and are designed to prevent hackers, viruses, spyware, etc. Every business should install one of the systems on their computers.

Electronic Access Control Systems

An advantage of this type of system is that it can help safeguard against workplace violence.
This type of system is designed to control access to specific areas within a business. It requires some type of entry mechanism that prevents unauthorized personnel from gaining access to areas or rooms that house sensitive information.

These systems can be simple or elaborate, from something like a simple access control keypad or swipe card, up to more sophisticated eyeball recognition systems. If your business involves sensitive information you definitely need this type of system. Another advantage of this type of system is that it can help safeguard against workplace violence.

No matter which system you install, it is only as effective as it is used. When used properly by all employees, these systems can provide a secure level of protection. All employees must understand that they cannot bypass the system by leaving doors open or sharing key cards, letting unauthorized people onto the premises or into the building.  Train all employees to know the proper way to use the security system and make sure they understand what behaviors are unacceptable.

If you are confused about which type of system is best for your business, hire a reputable firm to conduct a security assessment.


Timothy Dimoff
Timothy Dimoff

President, SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Speaker, Trainer, Corporate Security Expert

Timothy A. Dimoff, CPP, president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., is a speaker, trainer and author and a leading authority in high-risk workplace and human resource security and crime issues.
He is a Certified Protection Professional; a certified legal expert in corporate security procedures and training; a member of the Ohio and International Narcotic Associations; the Ohio and National Societies for Human Resource Managers; and the American Society for Industrial Security. He holds a B.S. in Sociology, with an emphasis in criminology, from Dennison University.

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