Whether you have two employees or two thousand, you have people and assets to protect. While a small business might not require an enterprise level system, everyone needs some form of business security system. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’re too small for criminals to notice.
Crime by business size
Small businesses face crime just as often as large businesses - if not more. As many as 30% of business may fail due to crime.
Small businesses have much less money to spend on prevention. And the costs associated with crime are more destabilizing to a small business than to a large business. Luckily, there are a few relatively low-cost actions that small businesses can take to prevent most crime.
Business security systems on a budget
The key to achieving good security on a budget is to work with a security consultant. Oftentimes, changes in policy and procedure alone can alleviate the risk of crime. A professional can help you to maximize security for the lowest price.
Security consultants are also aware of compliance, regulatory, and liability issues that you may not know about and help you to craft a low-cost policy for dealing with them. As long as they are aware of your budget and your needs, chances are they will be able to suggest a solution that works for everyone.
It may be necessary to install physical equipment such as security and fire alarm systems. Fortunately, new technology means that such systems offer better protection at a lower cost than ever before. Cloud-based systems can allow for secure monitoring without investment in separate hardware and server infrastructure to make the system work - simply log on and reap the benefits.
Even without a security consultant, there are things you can do today to protect your business.
- Keep careful track of all keys and their current owners.
- Stay organized! Crime is hard to detect if inventory has a habit of slipping through the cracks.
- Make sure everyone in the organization practices good password security. Hackers can be especially tricky to safeguard against, but if you don’t make common password mistakes, then you’re 90% of the way there.
Every business is unique. To find out what your company can do to prevent crime cheaply, contact Allied Fire and Security Today for a security consultation.