Commercial security in Kansas City can be complex and expensive, but if you look at it as an investment you will soon find it paying for itself. It should not add unnecessarily to your work burden or cause extra manpower costs to your business. Modern automated systems can ensure that wherever possible, the system is self-managing and covers everything from video surveillance through to paper shredding services – remember that security starts from within the business.
What does a security service need to cover for a business? Your data is probably of the biggest value to the business, the second being the cost to the business of not being able to trade due to fire on the premises or compromising the point of sale.
Access control is an important aspect of your business’ security. Knowing who had access to which areas of the building and at what time ensures any malfeasance can be narrowed down to specific individuals or individual. While it is important to trust your employees, it is also important to protect your business infrastructure from within as well as from outside threats.
Alarms and alerting systems for breaking and entering is always the first place people look when they consider security, but these are often already in place and will need upgrading. Security against fire is a second concern but should be combined with the anti-theft considerations as their networks are often implemented together – movement sensors as well as smoke and CO detectors are usually wired back to a main control board or center. Voice evacuation alarms are the best at ensuring a suitable response from your staff to an alert. Integrating with local fire services, the source of the fire or danger can be quickly isolated and responded to. Additionally, appropriate maintenance will ensure your building continues to receive its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for every inspection.
Prevention is better than detection and proper signage and evidence of CCTV presence is often a deterrent in itself. Failing that, door and window contacts, motion detectors, light beams, glass environmental sensors and breakage detectors will do the rest. Remote monitoring systems will enable you to personally verify alarms by video feed using only a smart phone to arm or disarm the system following a verified event.
Customer service is as important as the right systems. Proper maintenance ensures these systems work when they are needed no longer accepting time-honored excuses such as ‘cameras aren’t working’ as a reason for a successful security breach. Without appropriate response through service level agreements, the systems themselves will be of limited benefit and will be a waste of money in the long run. Components of a security system can be bought anywhere; quality of service must be sought out more carefully.
Modern CCTV systems are based around networked DVRs (Digital Video Recorders). They record based upon motion detected and so are much more efficient than old VHS systems offering clearer pictures with no tapes to be replaced or written over. They also enable you to monitor them from anywhere in the world, putting your mind at ease no matter where your business takes you.
Whilst most Kansas City residents are proud of their own neighborhoods, the reality is that the chance of being a victim of crime is 1 in 18 in the Kansas City area. To give that number some sort of perspective, the same measurement gives a ratio of only 1 in 30 for Missouri, and in New York the figures are 1 in 52. Of course, this figure is an area average but the indicators are definitely there that better security in the home is an important part of keeping the family safe.
Protection for your home can be a simple matter of installing a burglar alarm, but the reality is that breaking and entering is not the only threat your family’s security can face. Fire and carbon monoxide are two singular dangers to the household and can happen quickly, and in the case of carbon monoxide silently and without warning, not even a smell indicating its presence.
With the advent of reasonably priced video surveillance, this sophisticated technology is now no longer the domain of the rich and famous, but easily comes within the reach of ordinary family budgets. All footage shot by these self-monitoring cameras can be stored remotely, send video clips to you via email, and enable you to make the decisions whether to contact a security service or the police. These cameras are ideal for monitoring your driveway, pool safety, pet or horse monitoring, or even your children’s safety, even when you are not there.
Being out of the home all day or longer means that for that period you are not in control of your premises. With automation, again better value than you might think, it can help you manage power users such as lighting, heating and cooling and other systems that make your home more comfortable. Imagine being able to check on your home via your smart phone, manage security alerts, control lighting, or turn heating on in time to warm the house for your arrival. Rather than relying on primitive timing devices that do not account for your irregular hours, you are now beginning to save money on these facilities. It’s also an excellent way to monitor and alert if your gun safe is tampered with.
Medical alert management and panic buttons are yet more modern features of security. If you have vulnerable family members, you can rest assured that even in your absence they can summon assistance no matter the problem. Panic buttons are also an excellent way of creating confidence for all house members, knowing that help is just a button push away.
These days families have more valuable assets than ever before; anything from precious jewelry to your cherished china heirlooms. Theft, when not associated with breaking and entering, is not always detected early enough to be prevented. By attaching protection sensors, movement can be detected immediately and dealt with, ensuring your valuables remain yours.
All of these systems usually require a phone line. If you don’t have one there are alternatives and can be hired on a monthly basis, giving you immediate peace of mind – and above all, protection.