As a building owner, nothing is more important than creating a secure building. However, the task is increasingly difficult in this day and age where anything can happen in the blink of an eye, both in and around your building.
Improving Building Security and Safety
There are many responsibilities to running a business or managing an entire commercial building, but there are many cost-effective measures you can make that will help keep your building safe, and give occupants peace of mind.
1. Evaluate Your Security Needs
Before you start purchasing every security device on the market, you should first take a thorough look at your building’s current security needs. Are you looking to reduce shrink or are you looking to protect sensitive information? Do you have tenants on different floors of the same building? Will they need access to the building at different times of the day?
Building security is constantly evolving and evaluating how adding video surveillance, access control, integrated fire alarms and more can reduce costs and out where your current security operations that can be made more efficient.
2. Consult with a Contractor
As with nearly every aspect of building management, it’s always helpful to get advice from an expert. Consulting with a security specialist can help you better understand how you can best reduce risks and increase the safety and security of your building.
Consulting with an expert can also help reduce costs by identifying areas where you might be able to outsource some of your security needs. No matter the outcome you are looking for in terms of building security, a professional can help you assess the overall security of your building, plan for a variety of emergency situations, and identify steps you can take to make your building safer and increase occupant safety.
As with everything else in technology, as quality increases so does cost and while maintaining or installing security devices can be costly, they will certainly benefit your business. No matter what type of security system you are currently utilizing or are looking to implement, it’s always important to keep your systems up-to-date.
Having properly installed security systems not only help leverage the capabilities of your existing security protocols but having a security system that is out of date or not installed properly could potentially be a risk.
No matter the application of security device, technological advancements are regularly made and help your system operate even better than it did before.
4. Integrate Your Systems
In today’s technological era, there are a variety of ways you can improve the security of your building, but none have the capability to streamline the security needs of your business quite like systems integration. In short, systems integration is communication between different types of software to help minimize overall risk.
Integration is crucial to modern business operations, and there are a number of organizational advantages that come with expert systems integration. You reap the benefits of increased efficiency and effectiveness while also reducing any disruption caused by having data in different places.
5. Inform and Train Your Security Team of Changes
Obtaining the best security equipment on the market is only half the battle when it comes to keeping a building safe. Having a plan that allows systems to effectively communicate and training your security team other building occupants to use these systems correctly is equally as important as having up to date devices. Effectively communicating your plan means holding training sessions for how to handle various scenarios and having practice drills so that everyone in your building knows what their role is. Your building security plan should be the framework that everyone within the organization understands.
At TED Systems, we can help install, integrate, and maintain your security systems. Contact us today for a quote and take the first step towards a more secure building.