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The Most Common Business Security Myths Debunked

When it comes to business security, people have become more aware and understand the importance of taking the right measures to secure themselves and their workplace. With so many threats facing modern businesses, it only makes sense to give security the due importance that it deserves.

However, although the talk surrounding business security is louder than ever before, there are still a few misconceptions about it. Many business owners still don’t fully grasp the concept, which indicates that there is still a lot to be done to make it more widespread.

Here are some of the most common business security myths that people believe in, along with our counterarguments to debunk them:

SMALL BUSINESSES DO NOT REQUIRE SECURITY

DEBUNKED: Many small business owners are under the impression that since they are not as prominent as bigger businesses, they won’t be targeted by criminals and, hence, do not require security. This is far from the truth and 100% a myth.

According to the Federation of Small Businesses in the UK, business crime is a serious issue in the country, and one that small businesses are particularly susceptible to. From crimes such as theft, fraud, vandalism, and cybercrime, small businesses are especially vulnerable, and the main reason for it is the lack of security measures due to the belief of the owners that they won’t be targeted.

This lack of security and seriousness around it makes small businesses an easy target for criminals. They not only are able to carry out crimes more easily but also have a higher chance of getting away unscathed.

The only ones suffering because of this is the small business owners who suffer the loss of money, property, as well as reputation and a customer base. As a result, quite a few small businesses are unable to bounce back after being targeted, which makes it all the more important to take business security seriously.

BUSINESS SECURITY SYSTEMS ARE EXPENSIVE

DEBUNKED: This might have been true a few years ago, but with the increase in demand for business security systems in recent times, they have become more affordable and are available in a variety of price ranges.

The main reason that many business owners are hesitant in investing in business security is their belief that they’re all very expensive and probably out of their budget. On the contrary, commercial security systems actually help save money!

For starters, all business owners need to understand that investing in business security shouldn’t be seen as a cost. It is a long-term investment that will add more value to your business and make it safer and more secure for employees, customers, clients, and visitors.

Increasing business security not only minimises threats but also helps with business growth by providing a safe space for everyone on the premises. The market is filled with different types of business security systems for all kinds of security requirements and budgets. You just need to get the right ones and have them installed and maintained professionally to get the most out of them.

IF A BUSINESS IS IN A SAFE LOCATION, IT IS SAFE FROM THREATS

DEBUNKED: Similar to the belief that small businesses are not vulnerable to security threats, many business owners also believe that if their business is in a safe location, they do not need to invest in business security measures as they are likely to not be targeted.

When choosing a property to target, potential criminals do take into account the location of the business, and a business located in a relatively safer area is at a lower risk than one located in a high-risk area, but it doesn’t mean that the former is completely safe and immune from any kinds of security threats.

A safer location refers to one that is in a safe neighbourhood or low-crime area as opposed to an unsafe business location in an isolated or rural area. While it is true that unsafe business locations are more lucrative targets for criminals, it doesn’t mean that safe ones are off their radar.

The bottom line is that no business is safe from criminals, regardless of its location. The level of risk may vary depending on the surrounding environment and all businesses need to take security as seriously as possible.

SECURITY GUARDS ARE ENOUGH FOR BUSINESS SECURITY

DEBUNKED: Security guards have always been a big part of business and they remain to be one. However, with criminals becoming smarter than ever and coming up with new and innovative ways to carry out acts of crime, security guards cannot be solely relied upon for safety and protection.

The presence of one or more trained security guards on the business premises can act as a deterrent and scare away potential criminals. Positioned in key locations around the property, they can control unauthorised access and prevent intruders and vandals from entering the property.

In a modern business environment, their job can include ensuring the safety of employees and visitors, monitoring activity to prevent unauthorised access, taking measures to prevent theft and vandalism, and providing assistance during emergencies.

However, at the end of the day, they are humans prone to error and, of course, getting tired. Therefore, in order to use their full potential and to cover any loopholes, a layered security approach can be used which includes using the security guards’ skills along with the state-of-the-art technology of surveillance systems, security alarms, and access control systems.

BUSINESS SECURITY IS ALL ABOUT INSTALLING STATE-OF-THE-ART SECURITY SYSTEMS

DEBUNKED: Security systems such as alarm systems, CCTV cameras, and access control systems are all a part of modern business security. They offer unparalleled protection against threats such as commercial burglaries, theft, intrusions, and vandalism. However, business owners need to understand that business security is a comprehensive approach that includes a variety of things such as policies, procedures, and training.

While installing the right security systems is a huge part of upping your business security and reducing threats, it needs to be done by implementing the right security measures, protocols, and guidelines for the protection of both people and assets on the property.

For example, if a business installs a state-of-the-art surveillance camera but fails to respond to any alerts or notifications sent by the system, or doesn’t invest in monitoring services, they won’t be able to fully take advantage of the system.

Similarly, a state-of-the-art access control system can be used to the best of its capabilities only by implementing the right access control measures and visitor management protocols. Everyone needs to understand and respect the system, and only then can a business fully enjoy a security system’s great benefits.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS INTERNAL THREATS

DEBUNKED: Businesses face two types of threats: external and internal. External threats such as burglaries, intrusions, and vandalism are all common knowledge and business owners often take the required steps to mitigate said risks. However, when it comes to internal or insider threats, they are often overlooked since many business owners think they will not be affected by them.

The truth of the matter is that internal threats, whether intentional or unintentional, pose a serious risk to businesses and must be taken very seriously. These threats can come from employees, contractors, or vendors who have access to confidential business information and can cause potential harm by engaging in unauthorised or illegal activities.

A disgruntled employee with access to sensitive data or information could possibly steal and leak said information to cause harm to the business. Similarly, a deranged employee could cause physical harm to others for a variety of reasons and put the safety and security of everyone at risk.

For this reason, it is extremely important for business owners to mitigate both external as well as internal risks. The best way to do the latter is to implement access control, screen and train employees regarding security best practices, and conduct regular audits.

MYTH # 7: DUMMY/FAKE SECURITY SYSTEMS ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE AS REAL ONES

DEBUNKED: With security systems taking over the business world by storm, there are a variety of options to choose from. There are several types of systems in every price range offering different functionalities. In this variety, there are also dummy/fake systems security systems that just look like actual security systems but don’t really work.

Many business owners, in order to save money on actual working security systems, install these dummy/fake systems in hopes that they’ll be just as effective as the real ones. At first glance, these dummy systems may even look real and might even deter intruders. But keep in mind that these criminals are incredibly smart and can easily tell apart a fake system from a real one.

The number one rule of business security is that you must never undermine the skill and potential of a burglar. If you think you can fool them by placing fake security alarms and cameras around your property, we would suggest you think twice before doing so.

MYTH # 8: CCTV CAMERAS ARE ONLY USED FOR INVESTIGATIVE PURPOSES

DEBUNKED: It is widely believed that CCTV cameras are used solely for investigative purposes, meaning that they can only be used to check the footage later on and possibly catch the perpetrators. That is, however, not true.

CCTV cameras can be used as an active deterrent for burglaries and intrusions. In fact, it is one of the most effective deterrents, the mere sight of which has the potential to scare away criminals. The reason is their ability to watch everything all the time and keep a record of it.

People are known to fix their behaviour and attitude when they know they are being watched, and the same can be applied to the presence of CCTV cameras. The fear of getting recorded and caught deters potential criminals and prevents your business from being targeted.

CCTV cameras are also an effective tool for real-time monitoring and can be used to stop and catch the perpetrators before they get a chance to wreak any sort of havoc. You may opt for professional CCTV monitoring services or have a smart system installed that sends alerts and notifications directly to your phone or laptop.

MYTH # 9: ONCE SECURITY SYSTEMS ARE INSTALLED, YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THEM

DEBUNKED: Installing the right security systems on your business property is the first step towards securing it from threats such as burglaries, intrusions, and vandalism. Once they are installed properly, they need to be regularly maintained and serviced so that they can continue working as they should.

Security system maintenance and servicing is an often overlooked and ignored aspect of business security when in reality, it is just as important as choosing the right system and having it properly installed.

All security systems including burglar alarms, CCTV cameras, and access control systems are electronic devices that can develop all kinds of faults due to various reasons such as low-quality hardware, faulty installation, misuse, and most importantly, lack of maintenance.

Regular inspections and maintenance ensure that the systems are free of any faults and issues. All the components are checked to prevent the faults from manifesting and the issues are fixed before they even start to affect the system.

Since servicing includes cleaning the systems of dust, dirt, pollution, and rust, it doesn’t just fix potential faults and issues but also increases their lifespan. This ensures that your business always remains protected and any unusual activity can be picked up by the systems.

MYTH # 10: BUSINESS SECURITY SYSTEMS CAN HINDER GROWTH AND PRODUCTIVITY

DEBUNKED: Although it is true that very complex and restrictive security systems can hinder growth, motivation, and productivity, using the right systems can actually encourage them. It’s all about striking the right balance between security and productivity.

If the security systems you are using are putting too many restrictions on your employees or if they feel like they are being monitored all the time, you may notice that their productivity will go downhill.

On the contrary, if the security systems create a safe space for the employees to work in, they will feel safe, valued, and more motivated to work toward the business’s growth.

When installing security systems, make sure you opt for ones that are easy to use while also providing a high level of security. Make sure to train your employees on how to use them and how to troubleshoot some common issues.

Another very important thing to remember when using CCTV cameras in businesses is where you can and cannot place them. There are certain surveillance camera laws for business owners pertaining to their use and how long the recorded footage can be kept.

CONTACT CALDER SECURITY

At Calder Security, we provide a comprehensive range of security solutions that include not just professional installation but also monitoring, maintenance, and repair services.

We are members of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA), approved members of the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), and also conform to all the relevant British and EU Standards. We follow all the best practices in the industry and install only high-quality, state-of-the-art security systems.

We offer various levels of monitoring via a 24-hour monitoring centre using Dualcom and BT Redcare signalling, which is the most secure alarm monitoring system and the largest supplier of intelligent alarm signalling services in the UK.

We understand the importance of having to regularly maintain security systems since the inability to do so might result in serious faults and consequent vulnerabilities in your property’s security.

We provide professional maintenance checks and reminders for when the checks are due to help you stay compliant with the law and work fast to restore your security systems to excellent condition.

We offer a 24-hour call-out service for customers and can also repair systems not installed by us. Our engineers are highly skilled and can restore faulty systems to full working order in one visit.

Contact us here or call us at 0800 612 9799 to talk to our experts right away!