Spring is a time of growth. If you run a business, it's a perfect time to review your security plans to make sure you're not overlooking anything.
Light the Way
Take a walk through your facility inside and out. Indoors, look for bulbs that have burned out. Rethink your lighting map to make sure all areas are receiving a sufficient level of illumination, especially if walls have been painted a darker color or furniture has been moved. Any area that houses cash, sensitive customer/patient data, valuable assets, or high-ticket, easily pocketed items — such as jewelry or machine parts — should remain brightly lit to discourage pilfering or data tampering.
Outdoors, if security lights are on a timer, make sure they have been adjusted to sync with the changing hours of darkness. All entrances, exits, parking areas, sidewalks and loading docks should be brightly illuminated. As an added precaution, aim high-intensity flood lights — activated by motion detectors — at doorways. They will not only bring attention to would-be intruders as soon as they approach, but can stun them and send them retreating
Digital video security cameras are chameleons, capable of adapting to every kind of business undertaking:
- Retail — Think strategically. When mounted out in the open in store aisles, stock rooms and loading docks, security cameras discourage theft, burglary and pilfering. When hidden, they can catch shoplifters, or less-than-honest employees, in the act. Point-of-sales cameras not only deter dishonest cashier practices but also encourage good customer service.
- Medical facilities — Hospitals and doctor's offices, by nature, are targets for those intent on stealing drugs. Discreet cameras can be positioned to capture video footage of anyone tinkering with locks or opening storage cabinets.
- Forensic evidence — Should you need to report a crime, digital cameras partnered with digital video recording can provide high-definition images that prosecutors need to convict transgressors. Police are not the only ones who rely on forensic evidence. Should a fall or accident take place, insurance companies will request footage to help them determine whether it was a genuine mishap or an attempt at insurance fraud.
If you rely on keys, you may want to take a look at some of today's options in access control devices. Even if your facility has but one door, your choices can be as simple as a keypad lock or as sophisticated as a card reader-controlled electric strike system with a programmable timer to ensure the door doesn't stay open longer than it needs to, and a bell or light to indicate when it is open and alert you if it hasn't closed securely. For larger enterprises, you may want to look into a system that keeps track of who entered, as well as when and why.
Safely Out of Sight
If your idea of a safe is a big box, it's time to go shopping. If you own or manage a retail business, your options range from under-the-counter safes to bill-counting and rolled coin safes. Legal and real estate offices, or any business that relies on sensitive documents can also benefit from a safe or access-controlled file cabinet. Medical facilities in particular, bound by HIPAA regulations, need to protect patient information.
Emergency Response Plan
Disaster can happen anywhere, anytime. Formulating an emergency response plan for your employees is a must; but you should not bear the burden alone. Emergency response calls for a team. If your company doesn't have one, consider devoting your next staff meeting to the subject. Brainstorm measures that need to be taken. Solicit those who are most enthusiastic to serve on an emergency response committee. Allow as many meetings as needed and when plans have been formalized, take it to the next level. Appoint team captains to lead emergency response drills. Schedule them regularly and at varying times of the day so that should the real thing ever occur, everyone will spring into action. Isn't that what security is all about?
Author Bio:Wes Wernette oversees marketing at FireKing Security Group in New Albany, Indiana. Since 1951, the company has focused on security for businesses. FireKing has evolved from a product manufacturer to a broad-based security company offering products and services — such as safes, video security and cash management options.