Security is an essential feature of any business. It shouldn’t be considered as secondary to profit – or rather, what today, we call “survival” – but as concurrent. By not considering what should go into security, you run the risk of losing everything that allows you to even have a business in the first place. But, even upon installing some function of security, that’s no guarantee the security is any good or appropriate.
Good security versus mere security
There’s a difference between closing a door and locking it. A closed door is, in some places, sufficient, such as within family homes and among friends and family. Knocking is regarded as respectful. Yet, for potential intruders, this is of course insufficient. Similarly, merely having security is not the same as having sufficient or proper security: by this we mean, security that actually responds to possible dangers that your business might face.
It’s the difference between locking your car or house and having an alarm system. In the one case, people can overcome it, but even the mere illusion of an alarm is sometimes sufficient to dissuade burglars.
You must be aware of your situation: Do you live in a particularly hostile area? Is it quiet and residential? How quick are the response times? How valuable are the items in the business complex? Do you have a safe onsite or elsewhere?
By consulting security experts, we can work on a case-by-case basis to determine the best solution for a business’ security – whether it’s a matter of installing proper window security, proper CCTV control room equipment, or even protections for laptops.
The point is: Security isn’t one thing because the things we are securing aren’t just one thing.
The key form of security
The best and most effective form of security is prevention via vigilance.
As many businesses know, even with security staff can get lazy and are not particularly vigilant – because they assume that security installed means less people will take chances. Thieves will take chances – they know that onsite staff are lacking in responses and vigilance. It’s not enough to have staff, they also need to be trained properly.
Similarly it’s not enough to have, say, mirrors. You also need to have a good lay out of the store, such that the mirrors are visible to your (trained) staff to spot potential thieves. Installing cameras is good, but what point do they serve if they can only see the top of someone’s head and not the rest of them, to indicate any identifying markers?
So, even with security, we need to assess whether the security being implemented is working and is functioning appropriately. And, majority, we need to ensure that we are practicing constant vigilance and awareness since preventing crime is better than combatting it – or rather is the best way to combat it.