Investing in a new security system, especially right after a crime has been committed, is a big decision. It can take hours of research and when you’re already emotional from the drama of a crime, it’s easy to make mistakes.
The best security system for you is one that reflects the latest technology, your budget, your property’s unique characteristics, and any business intelligence add-ons you may want.
To make sure you don’t end up with a system that doesn’t fit, here are a few things to look out for, and ways to prevent them.
1) Investing in Crime Prevention When It’s Too Late
Many business owners don’t invest in a security system until after a crime has happened. But it’s impossible to prevent a crime that’s already happened.
Instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen, make a security plan now and start looking for ways to prevent crime on your property.
Being proactive can save you money from property damage and other losses. It also helps protect your employees and tenants up-front. This will give you the peace of mind that your most valuable assets are safe and secure.
2) Opting for Outdated Solutions
For decades, business owners essentially had two options when it came to security systems. They could utilize surveillance cameras or security guards, or both.
But today’s security solutions are far more diverse than they used to be. If you’re going to invest in security, you owe it to yourself to find out what other options are available.
One example of a modern security solution is remote guarding services, which takes the benefits of video surveillance and security cards and blends them together into one, cost-effective system.
3) Opting for a DIY or Fake Security System
DIY systems and fake cameras may seem like a decent option if you’re trying to save money, especially if you’ve just experienced a break-in.
Unfortunately, most properties have multiple vulnerabilities. If you only focus on weaknesses that have already been exploited, you’re likely missing areas of your property that need protection. And, when intruders discover your cameras and signs are fake, word may spread and not only will they be even more comfortable committing a crime, but so will their friends.
4) Not Considering All Options
Today’s security solutions offer far more benefits than just property protection. As you look around at different options, consider add-ons and integrations that can provide you with invaluable business intelligence opportunities.
Features like access control, heat mapping, and facial recognition are all examples of available options on modern security systems.
5) Buying Over-the-Counter Systems
Many big box stores sell cookie-cutter security systems that may seem like a good idea for business owners that want something between a custom system and a DIY approach. However, these systems are generally designed with a single residential home in mind, and only feature one type of camera.
Commercial properties typically demand a specific type of camera for each use. This includes pan-tilt-zoom style cameras, ones with an extra-long range, or cameras with exceptional night-vision capability.
At the end of the day, “the needs of a business far exceed that of the basic over-the-counter style system one can buy at their local electronics store,” says Daniel Martinez, Director of Business Development at AVS.
6) Purchasing Based Only on Word-of-Mouth
A lot of business owners rely on their peers to help them purchase a system. References are great, but creating a carbon copy of your neighbor’s system isn’t.
Effective surveillance solutions are customized to each property they serve. Just because your peer bought a system does not mean that the same system will work for you.
That’s why it’s critical to have a security professional help you make decisions about the security system that’s ideally suited to your needs and your property.
7) Going for the First System You Find
You’ve done your homework, avoided the cookie-cutter systems, and talked to a security professional. You’re ready to invest, right?
Not quite yet. There’s a huge variety of systems out there. To ensure you get the most out of your investment, you should talk to at least two or three different providers before making a decision.
8) Confusing Cost with Performance
Custom security systems can range from thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s important to understand that security systems that cost more aren’t necessarily more effective.
The best security system in the world isn’t helpful if it bankrupts your business. When you work with a security professional, they should help you find a system that reflects your budget and your security needs at the same time.
9) Working with a Non-Licensed Professional
Unfortunately, fly-by-night installers are a common occurrence in the security industry. You may find solicitations and advertisements for these businesses on your door or on billboards at wholesale distributors. In most cases, these individuals are unlicensed because of bad reviews or even criminal activity.
The last thing you want is to give shady operations access to your passwords, codes, and camera locations. To avoid this, always ask your provider for at least five references who you can contact to verify the quality of their work.
Find out how to find the perfect security system provider for your property, and learn about the powerful benefits of remote guarding by downloading our free resource: The Ultimate Guide To Remote Guarding Services.