The summer is finally here and hopefully you have a summer vacation planned! If you run a small business, you’re probably ready for some much-needed rest and relaxation! But your business can’t take a vacation with you. You can’t help but worry about your staff and business when you should be thinking about the warm sun and sandy beaches!

Not to worry – a well-planned security system can help you maximize your small business security to keep you care-free while you enjoy your vacation.

Business Automation and Access Control Lets You Stay in Control

Business automation and access control technology can offer much more in terms of control and safety – whether you’re in the office or a thousand miles away.

Make Sure Your Business is Secure

If you’re prone to worrying, you may feel the need to take your business’s security into your own hands on a daily basis – including locking up at night. Habitec’s business automation solutions can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection.

So, if you have a panic attack thinking your front door is open to the world, all it takes is a few clicks to check on it. If it’s unlocked, locking the door is just one more click away! Enjoy peace of mind from the comfort of a lounge chair!

Assist Employees from Anywhere

If your business operates with just a few employees, it’s always possible one may find themselves locked out of the building or a critical room on the interior, like a server room or storage warehouse. You don’t want to cut your trip short just because someone lost their keys.

Accessing your system remotely gives you the convenience of managing your entire building from afar, letting people in when they may have otherwise run into problems.

Record Access During Your Away Time

Every company has sensitive documents, expensive technology or other critical parts of their operation. The last thing you need is to be concerned about unauthorized access while you’re too far to keep an eye on the building.

A fully-integrated access control system increases security for your business and allows you full, flexible and customizable control over your employees’ access. Plus, you can access logs to see who went where and when they did. You can identify irregularities, check to make sure people are showing up on time in your absence and generally stay informed about your business.

Review Security Policies with Your Employees

One of the best small business security tips is to keep your employees educated on your safety rules and guidelines. This includes everything from routines for opening and closing to what to do with confidential documents like contracts or financial files.

If you have time, it’s a great idea to develop a clear, written handbook on expected routines. When you have a security system, the handbook should include relevant information for using it, such as how to set the alarm and who to contact if there’s an issue with it. The more confident you are in your employees, the more you’ll be able to enjoy your trip!

Invest in Security Cameras to Check-In When Necessary

Another way you can keep an eye on your business while away is with security cameras. Depending on the type of business you have, you can have security cameras installed on the interior, exterior or both.

While security cameras aren’t new, the technology behind them has been upgraded significantly in the past few years:

Remote Access

Closed-circuit cameras used to be popular to help police identify criminals after the fact. But modern cameras can be accessed on your smartphone, tablet or computer from anywhere in the world in real-time.

This gives you the freedom of “visiting” your small business without leaving your hotel room. You can use your camera to ensure a scheduled delivery showed up on time or to just make sure your building is safe during an extreme weather event! No matter the situation, security cameras for businesses keep you in the loop.

Record & Review

Accidents and incidents are inevitable. But your security cameras can capture everything for you to review when necessary. Did a porch pirate steal an important package from the stoop of your building? Did an expensive piece of equipment get lost? All you need to do is review your recordings to get to the bottom of it.

While this benefit of small business security systems is great for vacationing, it’s just as useful when you’re home, too. You can’t be at the office all day, so it helps to have backup to keep an eye on your property.

Video Verified Monitoring

When it comes to small business security, false alarms can be a major annoyance. Habitec Security’s Video Verified Monitoring helps prevent false alarms and makes sure there’s trained dispatcher reviewing potential security risks at your office 24 hours a day.

Any time your alarm is triggered, Video Verified Monitoring sends an alert to our award-winning Central Station. A dispatcher will review your cameras to identify if law enforcement needs to be notified immediately.

This offers several benefits for you:

  • Reduce the need for on-duty guards
  • Completely eliminate false alarms
  • Prevent the need for manually checking on every alarm
  • Increase response rates and assist police with important information in real-time

Be Aware of Summer Crime Waves

While summer is the most popular time of year for vacation, it’s also associated with an unusual increase in crime rates. Everything from burglary to violent crimes increases during the warmer months of the year.

A report released by the U.S Justice Department shows, in states like Ohio and Michigan, crime can increase by upwards of 36 percent between June and August!

It’s important to take small business security seriously, when you’re away and when you’re at work. A little preparation can save you weeks or months-worth of headaches due to inadequate security!

Contact Us Today to Secure Your Business!

Continue to keep your business safe from intruders!  Our security experts can perform a security evaluation and provide custom-designed, integrated security solutions backed by award-winning, 24-hour local monitoring. Contact us today!

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