5 Ways to Keep Your Business Safe During Off Hours 

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5 Ways to Keep Your Business Safe During Off Hours 

Commercial security shouldn’t stop when your employees go home. Your property and assets will still need protection after hours. Partaking in the right practices, it will help bolster your commercial security to prevent theft, vandalism, break-ins, and many other potentially dangerous incidents.

1. Install Security Lights on Your Property

Lighting is a key factor in the external and internal commercial security of any building. It provides a sense of safety and comfort to those who are inside. It also helps people outside see what is going on inside the building, making it less likely that they will commit crimes or try to break in. Lighting is crucial for security because it can be seen from the outside of the building and makes it easier to spot people who are trying to break into the property as well as other threats.

Motion sensor lights are a type of light that will turn on when it detects motion. These are usually placed near the entrances or exits of your business, and turn on when someone walks by. For internal security, motion sensor lights can alert on-site security guards of any unauthorized activity.

2. Install Security Cameras

Security cameras are a great way to protect your property and residents. Many security camera systems allow footage to be recorded so any unwanted or unauthorized activity can be reviewed. This will allow criminals to be caught. When placed openly or in plain sight, they can also deter potential criminal activity. 

A camera surveillance system can be monitored on-site by overnight security guards or monitored remotely to prevent any potentially dangerous situations. The security personnel monitoring these security cameras can alert the police or fire department if necessary.

3. Hire Professional Security Officers

Security guards are responsible for protecting your business and its assets. Security guards can be a valuable asset to any business as they will protect against any threats that may come in the way of your business. It’s important for security guards to be aware of their surroundings at all times, as well as the property's unique security vulnerabilities. They should also be attentive to any suspicious activity happening throughout the area. In addition, they can engage in routine patrols, guard access points, and monitor security camera feeds to ensure that your business is protected at all times.

4. Install an Alarm System

Alarms are a crucial part of any commercial security system. They work by detecting when something is wrong and alerting you, or others, to the problem. Depending on what you need, many different types of alarms can be installed in businesses. 

The alarm system has been around for a long time and has gone through many changes over the years. It has evolved from being a simple mechanical device into one that can be connected to the internet, allowing you to control it remotely. 

The most common type of alarm is a burglar alarm, which detects the opening of a door or window. Alarm systems can also be used to alert security guards about other emergencies, such as a fire. Fire alarm systems operate by being connected to a smoke detector.

An alarm system can be either passive or active. Passive systems use sensors to detect intruders and are activated by an external trigger such as a motion detector or contact switch. On the other hand, active systems detect intruders as well, but they are activated by an internal trigger, such as a timer or control access system.

5. Ensure All Doors Are Locked

OPS Security Group - Outsourced Security - Access ControlAt the end of a business day, you should have an end-of-the-day closing procedure. This is a process where specific employees are assigned roles to ensure that your business is secure when the day is over and done with. This should include assigning employees to lock external and internal doors before closing. Security guards can also check doors and your control access system to ensure that everything is locked and secure. Your doors, gates, and other access points should also be connected to an alarm system so that security and emergency services would be alerted if they were to be opened. Something as simple as a routine building closing procedure can help protect your entire commercial security.

 

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