To safeguard their employees, secure sensitive data or valuable stock, businesses need to protect their premises as well as update cyber-security (though internet threats and security are not treated here). Indeed, not only any security breach can threaten the future of the business, it may also lead to legal prosecutions.
However, with the plethora of security systems and ready-made solutions available, choosing the right service at the right price may be tricky. There are however external consultant experts in the area of security management. Their knowledge of the market and of all relevant issues directly or indirectly linked to security will guarantee the best tailor-made protection at favourable prices.
Their first step is to audit the risks and the needs of the business (which obviously greatly depend on the core business activity), taking into account threats specific to the market, of which staff may not always be aware. What are the main risks? Theft – from outsiders or insiders-, vandalism (if located in a dangerous area), fire, littering or squatting etc. need to be taken into consideration according to their importance to find the most appropriate answer.
Authorised personnel only
Access systems enable authorised employees to enter premises (including car park), preventing any uninvited guest to pop in unannounced. There are several levels of security in the field, from the tag or passcode guaranteeing secure access to the more sophisticated tracking device or smartcard checking every move and times, effectively controlling internal comings and goings. Smartcards hold a large amount of individual information on employees including canteen spending, in and out times, permitted areas etc.
From the motion detector to the burglar alarm system linked to an emergency number the choice is varied. Alarm systems can be triggered when doors and windows are open, if glass is broken, etc.
They have the double advantage to prevent and discourage and to produce evidence in case of incident. However the range of products (lens, power, battery etc.) and prices available is extremely wide making it a jungle for a non-specialist. Services vary as well from the in-house static tool to the complex camera following movements and linked to professional monitoring services. This is where the specialist’s advice will prove invaluable, guiding the company through the maze of products and performances but also advising on the best location to implement the devices and what type of monitoring station would be best suited.
For larger premises or companies with high levels of traffic (e.g. open to the public), it may be worth considering security guards. Once again there are several options, amongst which outsourcing the job, recruiting qualified people or training existing staff. Qualifications and relevant certifications will be checked and vetoed by the consultant expert.
The external expert’s intervention will enable the business to get the adequate level of protection with minimum fuss to find the relevant service provider at the right price, whilst getting an “outside the box” input: for instance, the expert will know about security items that may have a positive impact on insurance costs, or take care of any submission or permit needed to add equipment to the buildings; they will also advise on potentially controversial issues such as the legal aspects of video/audio recording and employees’ privacy rights. Best products, best prices, best services, installation of equipment, legal advice, training of staff on security-awareness and equipment maintenance and remote monitoring are provided, putting the company’s manager at rest and enabling employees to concentrate on their core duties.