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5 Steps to Keep Your Business Safe from Burglary

Burglar alarm monitoring Pinecrest, FL

Whether your business is small or whether it’s little, nothing can prepare you or get you ready for what comes with a burglary to your business. The economic hit that you take is always unexpected.

When you hear of security systems, people always assume that it is only for homes. NO! Your business needs protection as well. Statistics show that you’re more likely to be robbed at your place of business before you are robbed at your home. Isn’t that insane?

The following 5 steps are some steps that we, Elite, have come to realize help with keeping a business from staying safe of a burglar.

Step 1: Light up your business like it’s a Christmas tree

Keeping the lights on at your business can mean the difference between life or death sometimes. But they definitely will have the intruders thinking if there’s someone there. Installing motion sensors at each key point entrance is good too. They allow you to know when you have unexpected activity going on. Like in homes, we also suggest that you keep any landscaping outside of your business low and clear. Burglars can use things like bushes and trees to hide behind to use as covers while intruding.

When you’re in the spotlight, you’re bound to stand out. Lighting on the outside also can make it easier for others to see what’s going on at your establishment as well.

Step 2: Arm yourself. Stay protected!

Obtaining an Alarm, and/or Security System is very helpful. Having a security company come out and evaluate your business, to customize a security plan that best works for you and your company. Installing motion sensors, for that unexpected movement. Or, cameras, to monitor what goes on when you’re absent from the location. Always consider a company that works in your best interest, and also monitors 24/7. They will have a response team in the case of an emergency, at your door within minutes of alarms or panic button going off.

These safety measures are effective if done correctly. In the event that someone were to burglarize your property, always remember to keep your valuables in a fire safe. Any and all important documentation, such as (i.e: financial records, bank information for the business and important passwords/codes)  should always remain protected.   Make sure that your safe meets the specifications of your insurance company, we all know how much of a pain it can be when you’re not up to code. So take it seriously, and speak to a professional.

Step 3: Be vigilant, with everyone and anyone

Have you ever heard to always look in your yard before you look into the yard of others? Well, that reflects on your business as well. The danger is not always outside of the door, it also comes from those sitting beside you. Surprised? or not yet. Let’s hope you’re not surprised with anything of this matter, but you can never put it past anyone. When hiring, you have to be mindful and hire people that meet the criteria of course, and that they’re trustworthy. “Not everything that shines is Gold”. However, taking the proper measure eliminates or narrows it down.

Getting yourself an extra set of “eye’s in the sky” wouldn’t be a bad move either. You’ll have eyes and ears on the business at all times, and it helps you keep an eye out for sticky fingers IF someone has them, employee or visitors.

Step 4: Perimeter Surveillance

You can never be too safe, so why not take the “eyes in the sky” from inside of the business to the outside. Installing cameras on the outside of your business will show everyone that you’re serious about your security, and you mean business. Not only will it be a red flag for burglars trying to get in, but it’s also a red flag to those burglars or trespassers that rather stay on the outside. Vandalism, loss or stealing of personal property, or even those pesky little dumpster divers that you’ve been eager to catch, are just a few of the things you’ll be able to  If you’re unable to install security surveillance equipment, it can still help to make the public think you do have it. Displaying signs that your business is being monitored makes you a less tempting target to thieves.

In addition to high-tech security solutions, traditional measures like security fencing can help to protect your company. Barriers deter intruders from making their way onto your property, and they can work in conjunction with perimeter detection systems to reduce your risk of theft. From the inside and OUT.

Step 5: Lock Up and Secure Windows and Doors

It’s easy to forget a few steps of your daily routine, like, locking a door, or a window. But a small mistake like that can cost you a lot of money. Investing in well-made windows and doors for your business can make a difference. Metal frames are best. Always conduct a perimeter check in your business,  inspect the windows and doors of your establishment before and after every shift. Window and door contacts are installed by the security companies and come with most security systems. They’re good for detecting if any window or door is open and when. Your monitoring center will notify you of this at all times.

When installing the right windows, doors, and locks for your business, it’s important not to cut corners to try and save money.  What’s more important is your employees should all know how to lock up and enable the alarm system. If not, designate 1 person to be the trustee with the alarm codes and keys for lockup and opening.

Protecting Your Business with Professional Security Systems

Today, having a business is a big deal. That’s why making sure you take care of it is important. Keeping your family and business is always your priority. Always make sure that you go with a company that makes you feel safe and provides you & your business with the proper tools. I hope these steps were helpful to them, as they were to me.

Best Home Security Camera Placement Miami Fl

Surveillance systems are an integral part of many Florida home security systems and prevent many unwanted occurrences, such as burglary, vandalism, and break-ins. A well-placed camera can provide deterrence as well as identify a perpetrator should they attempt to break into the premises. But for security camera systems to be effective, they must be placed properly—and that is not a DYI project.

While camera placement may seem like an obvious process, it is actually very technical and requires a phenomenal amount of considerations. Here are just a few of the things home security professionals take into consideration when installing a home monitoring system.

  • Cameras must be accessible for maintenance.
  • Outdoor camera sites must be secure and have protection from wind, rain, and sun.
  • The location must be stable, with minimal camera shake.
  • Camera angles should avoid direct light sources to eliminate camera glare.
  • Camera site should provide the widest field of view.
  • Cameras should be placed keeping the identification of perpetrators in mind.
  • Surveillance camera placement should coincide with crime statistics regarding break-ins.
  • Both overt and covert cameras should be considered as part of an effective system.

Best Places for Security Camera Placement

The Front Door

You might think that burglars would avoid the front door. After all, it is often in plain view. Crime statistics show that it is actually the first choice among criminals and 34% of burglars gain access through the front door.  Two options for front door coverage include outside front door placement and an indoor camera that covers the front entry.

First floor Windows

First floor windows are another very popular place for burglars to gain entrance, with 23% choosing this point of access.  Back windows are usually the most preferred option among first floor window entrances. First floor windows on the back of the house provide easy access, cover, and the benefit of an easy escape. This makes camera coverage for the back of the home and backyard especially important.

Back Door

Without the problem of street traffic or watching neighbors, the back door provides the cover 22% of burglars need to gain access.

Garage Door

The garage is another ideal place for security camera placement. The garage often houses important valuables, but more importantly, in many cases it also provides access to the interior of the home. Garage doors are amazingly vulnerable and should never be considered enough deterrence or enough protection.

Security cameras are a powerful deterrence in crime. Make sure yours do the job well by having them expertly placed and installed by professionals.

About Elite Security Alarms

Elite Security is a family owned security company protecting homes and businesses throughout South Florida. Our commitment is to provide top quality protection at affordable rates. Our customers receive exceptional service, fully backed by one of the areas only customer satisfaction guarantees.