Ten top tips from security system experts on making your business secure

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  • Business security experts agree that small
    businesses should ask qualified firms to perform security reviews
    of their
    businesses and premises to find the right system for their needs.
  • Before signing any contracts, owners should
    walk through their facilities with prospective security firms
    , who should
    understand how the business works to accurately assess the company’s needs.
    They should review entrances and exits, vulnerabilities and physical
    structures, the number of employees and how they arrive and leave work. They
    should know the business’s hours of operation and what happens after closing,
    then design a system based on the business’s schedule and who is authorized to
    be there.
  • Small business owners should hire an outside
    consultant to perform a security review
    .
  • To insure unbiased advice, they should select
    someone with no vested interest
    , who would not be bidding for the job and with no
    incentive to sell anything. The security review should describe what the owner
    needs. Based on that information and the consultant’s advice, the owner can
    then bid the system with greater certainty.
  • Ask for and check security company references,
    don’t just leaf through the Yellow Pages or look them up on the Internet. That
    improves the odds of choosing the best contractor.
  • Owners should request a per door price for their
    business’s security system, noting that a typical convenience store might require a
    three or four door system.
  • Small business owners should seek to install
    security systems that are scalable and allow expansion later
    so they don’t have
    to start from scratch when change is needed.
  • Security consultants recommend contracting with
    local security firms or national companies with local offices, someone
    available and accountable.
  • Avoid signing long-term contracts. If you don’t
    like the service or product, you can switch without fear of legal
    repercussions.
  • Security experts warn that some firms encourage
    business owners to spread out payments for equipment over years, not realizing
    until it’s too late that they’ve made interest payments that collectively cost
    more than the equipment
    .
  • When building or remodeling your business, hire your
    security consultant to work with the architect in the design and construction
    process
    . Security experts said that will save time and money in the long run.

Experts also recommend the non-profit
American Society for Industrial Security, now ASIS International, whose
association website offers useful information on business security trends. The
web site is: https://www.asisonline.org/Pages/default.aspx

U.S. Business
Spending on Security

U.S. businesses
spent $319.1 billion spent on information technology and operational security
products and services in 2013, a figure predicted to grow to $341 billion in
2014 and $377 billion in 2015.

Operations—security equipment and services—accounted for $217 billion in
2014 spending and IT $123 billion.

The security
products segment of the industry, which accounted for $31.1 billion in 2013
spending, is predicted to grow to $34 billion this year, nearly tripling since
1990, which U.S. companies spent $11.7 billion.

19% of
companies plan to increase spending on alarms, 14% plan to spend more on
perimeter protection (fencing) and 33% expect to increase spending on the
fastest growing segment of the security products industry, video surveillance.
Spending on surveillance infrastructure and cable are predicted to double by
2018.

Information
Source
“United States Security Industry Survey of 2014,” by the
Institute of Finance & Medicine and the American Society of Industrial Security
(now known as ASIS International).