January brings a new year as well as new business plans and replenished budgets. While you are planning out the next year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and overlook things like safety and security. There’s a lot to consider when installing or expanding a security system and it can quickly eat up your security budget if not done tactfully. To make the most of your budget, we came up with a few things to keep in mind when planning for the new year.
What kind of security system is right for your business?
It is easy to think security systems are expensive, only meant for big businesses, and are used mainly to safeguard against theft. However, the reality is, security systems come in different sizes and can be built specifically for the needs of your business. Security systems include fire alarms, access control, video surveillance, as well as the well-known intrusion alarm systems to protect against theft. Determining your specific needs can help in finding a security system right for you.
When planning safety and security for your business this year, you should ask yourself what critical parts of your business want to protect. While thinking about your budget ask questions such as:
- Are you worried about who has access to your building?
- Are you curious about how you can better monitor your staff?
- Do you need your security to be indoor or outdoor? Both?
- Are you responsible for multiple locations and looking for a solution that incorporates all your buildings seamlessly?
- Do you need active and responsive security? Or something passive for better management and control?
What’s your highest security priority?
The right security system can help solve each of these problems. With your budget and security needs in mind, a security provider can better understand how to create a security system that will work best within these limits. These questions help our professional EPS Security consultants help you install the right system. You don’t deserve a cookie-cutter security installation… With EPS Security, that’s not what you’ll get.
Choosing the right security provider
If you’re not sure what kind of security you need, it’s a good idea to talk with a security provider so they can offer some assistance to show you areas in your building that could use added security. Be wary of security companies who are merely trying to sell you a product. A reputable provider will make an on-site assessment before recommending a security solution for you. Look for an alarm company that acts as a partner—they will have your best interest in mind.
By choosing a trustworthy alarm company, you won’t have to deal with multiple vendors, pay individual fees, or fight through multiple customer service teams to meet your security needs. Instead, save your time by seeking out the right security provider to create a comprehensive security solution tailored to you. Eliminate the headache and spend your money wisely.
Video surveillance is a significant trend in security solutions and can be very useful for specific purposes. Add-ons like video surveillance come at a price, but there is a way to work within your budget to get the most suitable camera for your business. Think about what or who you are watching, the level of security you desire, and how much detail required to create a solution to fit your budget. Talking with a professional will help make this process easier and may also save you some money overall.
For more specific information about video surveillance, and how to find the right cameras for you, read our article: A watchful eye: A beginner’s guide to video surveillance.
Fire Alarm and Voice Evacuation
It is required by the Michigan Building Code to have a fire alarm system installed in your commercial business and to conduct periodic fire alarm inspection/testing. While this can be a substantial investment, it acts as a critical life safety measure for your business. Knowing all the codes, rules, and regulations can be overwhelming, but it’s important to understand the requirements, so you and your employees are never in critical danger. To make the most of your budget (and your time), you should pick a security provider that includes inspections within their rate—This means never having to remember to schedule inspections, and not having to learn the complicated language of inspection code.
Select the preferred security provider
Making the most of your budget this year doesn’t have to be difficult. Security is necessary for every business, big or small, but you shouldn’t have to pay for a system that doesn’t fit your needs. Finding the right security provider and knowing the right questions to ask will help you optimize your time and stretch your budget, making sure you are only paying for what is necessary for you.
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