Smart Business Security: Benefits for Small Business Owners
In this article, we look deeper at the core benefits of smarter and more efficient security solutions for small businesses.
The time has come for smarter business security
Smart Business Security can provide essential protection to small business owners to secure their assets and help them run their business. You’ll discover that thanks to modern technology, small businesses can now benefit from advanced security solutions that were once only available to at an enterprise level. With tougher challenges to the security and workplace safety of companies of all sizes, smarter security solutions are more vital than ever.
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Smart Business Security makes protecting your business and managing operations even easier, with the help of software that can be accessed on your laptop or mobile device.
Most business owners may be aware of the core components of security systems, like intruder alarms, CCTV & Video Surveillance, and fire detection. Traditionally these systems have been disparate, each dedicated to one specific purpose – for example, CCTV may only have been used for evidence in the event of an incident.
However, security technology has evolved to provide new solutions that serve those core requirements for safety and protection, while also providing much-needed assistance in other areas of your business. In other words, Smart Business Security systems are multi-faceted and purpose-built to make managing business protection even easier.
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Manage multiple security systems in one place
It generally takes more than one system to fully secure a business – for example, a small shop or convenience store will need intruder alarms, CCTV, and fire alarms at least. Between 30% and 60% of small businesses (under 50 employees) experienced crime in 2017 (Victimisation Survey) and crime cost retailers £2.2 billion in 2019 (British Retail Consortium).
So, security concerns for businesses are constantly growing, and choosing the right solutions can be overwhelming for small business owners - not everyone can be a security expert, especially when they have a business to run.
One of the key benefits Smart Business Security provides is bringing all the core security systems together in one place.
Now, business owners and their employees can manage once disparate systems – like CCTV and intruder alarms – in one simple software application. Alarm.com is a smart business security solution that can be downloaded as a mobile phone application, which puts all your business security systems right in your pocket.
Now installers and security experts can make the recommendations they need and give customers peace of mind that they can easily manage all of them.
Control all your security systems wherever you are
Small business owners have enough on their plate to keep them busy and occupy their minds, consider how many tasks a restaurant owner must fulfill in a day, for example. Eventually, something is going to slip their mind, like arming the intruder alarm before they leave.
With smart business security systems, you can now control everything from wherever you are, so long as you have access to the app or software. So, the restaurant owner who forgot to arm the intruder alarm system, can simply load up the app and arm them from their phone when they get home. Saving them the pain of turning around and heading back to work.
That’s just one example of how being able to control security functions wherever they are can help small businesses. The same could also be said for CCTV. Now with Smart Business Security, you can stream live, or playback recorded CCTV footage on your phone or laptop.
Businesses are covered 24/7 with Smart Business Security and that coverage is accessible at any time of day from any location. Even better still, SMS can also provide business security and management services remotely. This means we can support businesses by monitoring their CCTV and alarms for them, which can enable faster response times in the case of an incident.
Let smart security systems do the thinking
As well as having more control easily available over their security systems, business owners can relieve some of the burdens with a smart business security system. With Alarm.com, the systems can send automatic reminders (e.g., to set arm the intruder alarm) and alerts in the event of an incident, like if an alarm is triggered.
This can also help businesses reduce nuisance false alarms because the owner or manager could then check the CCTV on their mobile to identify if there is a real threat. If the threat is real, it can shorten the response time for emergency services and improve their chances of tackling the issue.
Sending notifications and alerts straight to your mobile isn’t the limit to a Smart Business Security system’s brainpower. They can also make it easy to generate reports in the events of incidents and even tell business owners when their busiest periods are. This can play a vital role in helping them plan shift patterns to run their businesses more efficiently.
Thanks to clever technology, Smart Business Security systems can make business operations even easier to manage.
Smart Business Security is a cost-effective solution
In businesses of all sizes, cash-flow is fundamental but in small-businesses especially, it can be even more crucial and, worryingly, more volatile. We know that finding the most cost-effective solutions for small business security is a top priority.
This is one of the great benefits of Smart Business Security. Firstly, modern models of most component systems like CCTV and Intruder Alarms are suitable to be implemented into a smart ecosystem – you don’t need the most elaborate technology to make Smart Business Security work.
As we’ve already discussed, Smart Business Security can also help make businesses work more efficiently, potentially saving them money and time in the long run.
The third important factor in the cost-effectiveness of Smart Business Security for small businesses is maintenance. Smarter systems can be more easily and efficiently maintained through software updates and automation. With smarter security powered by Alarm.com, business owners or managers can be instantly notified if a fault is identified or if anything isn’t working correctly in their system. This enables them to take quicker action in booking repairs, ensuring their security experiences minimal downtime.
This more added benefit and customer experience could also be taken even further with the support of a remote monitoring solution. At SMS, we can provide 24/7 coverage and assistance to monitor and manage business security - which really means business owners can focus solely on what matters most to them, growing their business.
Remember, the right security systems small businesses choose should be based on the protection they offer, functionality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.
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