How Do I Choose the Best Security System for my Business?
By now, you’ve made the decision to install a security system for your business because camera surveillance systems not only deter would-be intruders, but they can also improve employee accountability, monitor productivity, and may even lower costly insurance premiums. You’re ready to take the plunge, but still, the deep end of the pool is a little daunting.
Selecting the right security system to protect your business assets can be an overwhelming process. The possibilities are seemingly endless. Whether you’re looking to install a new system for the very first time, or you’re considering upgrading an outdated business security system, we’ve put together a few tips to point you in the right direction.
Without further ado, here’s are a few things you need to consider when choosing a commercial security system:
Can You Access Your Security Feed Remotely?
As much as you’d probably like to monitor your business around the clock (or feel as though you already do), when shopping for a business security system, making sure you can access your security feed anytime, anywhere is non-negotiable. If you’re off-site more than on-site, look for system that you can access from your smartphone and your laptop.
Make Sure Your Security Feed is Secure
If you’re accessing data remotely, you could put your data at risk if you’re not careful. Make sure that the security systems you’re considering for your business offers encryption and protection from cyber attackers.
Consider the Importance of Saved Footage
If accountability or future lawsuits are a consideration, you’ll want to make sure that your recorded feed can be accessed from both the cloud and local storage. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Store Everything, All the Time
Unless you or an employee plan on monitoring your business security feed 24/7, then you’ll need a system that stores recorded footage for access at a later date. Some systems save automatically, while others do so only under specific circumstances. Think about how you use your system and what your goals for your commercial security system are and then select the option that works best for your business.
Don’t Skimp on Security Video Quality
The days of grainy convenience store VHS footage are long gone. If you’re investing in a security system, do it right. Look into HD security cameras and ask to see previews of footage recorded under different lighting conditions and locations.
Think About How Many Cameras Your Business Needs
If your budget is limited, you may want to consider portable cameras that can be moved to different locations. While you won’t have full security coverage all the time, you will be able to monitor different aspects of your business at different times.
Consider Remote Alerts
If you need to be in the loop when you’re off-site, remote monitoring is the way to go. If your business is closed, for example, you can set up your system to alert you when there’s movement where there should be none.
Make a List, Check Your Budget and Shopping
Now that you have a sense of the range of options to consider when looking for a security system for your business, prioritize the features that are the most important and look for systems that meet your top requirements. Next, line up the finalists against your budget and start protecting your assets, employees, and bottom line.
For more information about selecting the right security systems for your business, contact Herring Technology.