The primary objective of owning your business is to maximize your profits. Security systems for small businesses and restaurants can help you keep your profits from walking out the door unnoticed. According to the Nation Retail Security Survey, small businesses often experience higher annual shrinkage than larger companies. This is partially due to the fact that many smaller businesses are not equipped with security systems. A video security system is vital to a business owner’s peace of mind. And there are affordable options out there! The following post will discuss some strategies to prevent theft within your business.

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Locks 

Locks on all outside entrances and inside security doors should be double-cylinder deadbolts with removable collars. The deadbolt should have at least a one-inch throw containing a hardened steel insert and protected by a latch guard. Padlocks should be made of hardened steel, mounted on bolted hasps and always locked to prevent exchange. Serial numbers should be hidden to prevent new keys from being made.

For maximum security, consider a pin-pad electronic deadbolt such as the Yale Z-Wave Door Lock. This lock can hold up to 250 different codes so you can see who has entered and exited the building and when. You can lock and unlock this device with your smart phone if necessary and temporary codes can be given out if needed. You’ll never have to worry about loosing your keys or someone making a copy of your business key every again.

Doors

All outside and security doors should be of solid construction, metal lined and secured with heavy metal crossbars. Jambs around doors must be solid. All exposed hinges should be pinned to prevent removal. Consider a door sensor from Protect America. The front and back entrances of your business should be protected from attempted break-ins by door and window sensors. If a criminal tries to enter your business through a monitored door, the alarm will be triggered.

Windows

Remember to lock all your doors and windows at the very least. Windows are often a vulnerable spot for theft. Burglar-resistant glass treatments are also recommended. An example would be the installation of polyester security film. However, this must be used together with the glass break sensor alarmMany retail businesses have large windows to attract customers’ attention. These windows can also provide burglars with an easy way to get into your store. Glass break sensor alarms are specifically designed using pattern recognition technology to detect the sound of breaking glass within a 20-foot radius. Use this sensor around easily accessible windows or glass doors that could be shattered to gain entry into your business. Consider one from Protect America

Security Cameras

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Security cameras are used for two basic purposes: investigation and deterrence. The images that you collect with your security cameras will most often be used to review a crime or accident so that you can understand what really happened. However, the cameras themselves also have a deterrent value since people who know they are being watched are usually on their best behavior. In order to realize maximum investigative and deterrent value from your cameras, you need to carefully choose where you place them.

 Your Solution 

Hopefully some of these tips will help you secure your business. Consider the business package from Protect America. It includes multiple items to secure your store including a state-of-the-art interactive home video camera. Accessible from almost any computer or smartphone with Internet access, our interactive video security cameras help prevent against employee theft and vandalism. With video security, watching your business is just a click away.