A small business owner cannot afford to have any of their valuable assets such as computers, inventory, and customer data left unprotected. Therefore, many small business owners are protecting their businesses and their clients by installing a security system. A good security system will be the first defense against criminals who want to steal these assets.
It is important however that a small business owner has the right questions about a business alarm system before committing to any ongoing alarm monitoring or equipment. It is vital for the business owner to do some serious research because each type of business may require an alarm system with different types of functions and features. The better alarm companies will come out to the business and perform an on-site inspection. A site inspection will help them to recommend the perfect alarm system or security equipment.
Let’s take the example of a jewelry store. A jewelry store will require a different type of alarm system than your typical retail business. Due to the fact that a jewelry store has a very high valued inventory it will be necessary to provide a higher degree of protection. A reputable alarm system company can offer their advice on which alarm system will be the best for this type of protection.
A business owner must check to see that any security company that they are considering is licensed in whatever state the business is located. Another good question to ask the security representative is how the system is connected. Obviously, you would not want to choose a security company that connects the system to your main phone line. The reason for this is because the first thing that a criminal will cut is a phone line.
Some business alarms companies only provide alarm protection on doorways but it is just as essential to have protection on other entrances and exits such as windows, vent systems, and so forth. A good security system will provide video surveillance and monitoring. It will also have the capability of sending that video monitoring directly to the owner’s smart phone. This will allow the owner to determine whether it is a thief or simply an employee who set off the alarm by mistake.
It is important to ask the security company about the exact total costs of the security system and the monthly monitoring fee. There are many small business owners who neglect obtaining a complete understanding of alarm systems costs before signing a contract. Many of these business owners are often blindsided later on with costly add-ons, updates, and maintenance fees.
It is vital, as a business owner, that you talk to the representative and ask him about various details when an alarm is triggered. For example, who will be responsible for responding to the alarm? How long will it take for a response? Who will they call when an alarm is triggered?
Also, if you are leasing a retail outlet, office or warehouse, it is a good idea to begin your alarm research by talking to the management or owner about your intention to install an alarm system. The key point, however, is that business alarms are a necessity to protect your assets and the private information of your customers.