Property crimes are up in Seattle, Portland, and Spokane. In Portland, property crime rates are 53% higher than the average in Oregon. In Seattle, property crime rates are 50% higher than the average for Washington. And in Spokane, property crime rates are 150% higher than the averages for Washington, and the Spokane police department is understaffed.
Times like this require extra vigilance and careful planning. Here’s are the ways a commercial security company can help.
Thanks to the cloud, you can now view camera feeds in real time from any mobile device or computer. This is a vast improvement over traditional systems, which limited the ways that you could store and view the footage. The burden of maintaining and securing the video is taken on by the cloud surveillance vendor, rather than the owner of the system. Allied offers business video surveillance systems that provide high-end performance at an entry-level price. If anything is amiss, you will be notified immediately – no matter where you are in the world.
High-definition video is critical, so the perpetrators can be easily identified, helped by zooming in and using frame-by-frame playback. Of course that means that your system should have sufficient bandwidth to be able to handle high resolution, and to show sufficient detail. As an example, a small retail store with several high-definition cameras might need a 10Mbps upload capability to send images to the cloud.
Some video can be stored locally, which can help. As you consider your options, work with your Allied security expert to make sure you have enough bandwidth for both the video surveillance and the other uses you are making of your connection to the Internet (processing payments, tracking inventory, etc.).
As you evaluate systems, it is best to do it in a showroom (or online, for a cloud-based system) so you can personally test the user friendliness of the system. The system should work on any browser or mobile device, and should report to you when a camera is down in any of your locations.
One way to stop a robbery is to make it clear that the robbers have been detected. There are numerous types of entry alarms that react to vibration, shatter, and disconnects on windows and doors. Alarms can also alert you to other dangers – fire, heat, and water. Alarms are monitored 24/7. If an alarm is triggered, it will be checked to make sure it is not a false alarm, then other actions will be taken – including activating other on-site alarms, contacting you, and contacting authorities.
Visual deterrents, such as obvious video cameras, lights that come on when motion is detected, and even signs and stickers on windows and doors can discourage a thief from even trying to enter. There’s no harm in letting thieves know that your property is protected and monitored. When we sell a security system we always recommend using property signs and window stickers.
Control who comes in and goes out, and monitor when they come in and go out, with a managed access control system. The best commercial security companies provide a selection of authentication and reader types, including proximity cards, smart cards, biometrics, and even the use of mobile phones to gain entry. Outsourcing your managed access control to a commercial security company means you can leave all of the hardware and software expense, provisioning, and training to the security company. System functions such as adding, modifying, or deleting users can be handled securely by a remote management team in a customer care center.
If someone does manage to break in, your last point of defense is a rugged safe or vault, to protect your financial assets, important documents, and data. You’ll want to talk with a safe and vault expert about the best solution for your business, who can help with decisions such as special interior configurations for your safe or vault, the ability to fit in a particular space, bolting it to a concrete or wooden floor, professional delivery and installation, and door-contact alarms that alert authorities if the safe is opened without your authorization. There are a wide range of safe types to choose from, including burglar fire safes, floor safes, fireproof safes, and high-security burglar fire safes.
All businesses use equipment and items that move around, including vehicles, computers and devices, and documents. GPS asset tracking devices tell you exactly where your assets are at any given time, including speed, direction of travel, and ignition status. You should be able to access this data from any device. Banks use these tiny, tough-to-detect devices in bundled cash or bulk cash bags to track the criminal’s activities after a robbery.
About Allied Fire & Security
Allied Fire & Security offers security systems for companies of all sizes, from small business to the large enterprise. Industries protected include banks and financial companies, healthcare companies, educational, retail, government, industrial, and commercial organizations. Installing a commercial security system can lower your insurance premiums and more than meet stringent security requirements. An Allied Fire & Security business expert can help you equip your business with the right combination of property theft solutions.