Today business owners have a tremendous amount of security offerings available. Video surveillance, security cameras, and cloud computing can help businesses mitigate shrink and safety concerns and provide a fully secure enterprise. Unfortunately, there are a lot of solutions on the market that promise more than they provide. In reality, these seemingly "convenient" off-the-shelf offerings often come with significant gaps in coverage that leave your organization vulnerable.
Like a unique key unlocking a specific door, selecting the proper physical security solution requires a thoughtful and tailored approach. In this blog, we will delve into the vital considerations that will help you navigate the complex landscape of physical security and help you build the best solution for your organization.
Now, let's embark on the journey of unlocking security together and discover the crucial factors that will empower you to make informed decisions.
Assessing Your Security Needs and Objectives
You must understand your organization's unique security requirements to kick off this process. How many access points do you have? What are you securing and protecting? People, information, product, all the above?
Next, identify any vulnerabilities and potential risks. Has a security audit ever been conducted, and if so, what were the results? Perform a physical premises assessment alongside an access points evaluation. Review your access control protocols. What vulnerabilities do you notice? Is your staff trained in proper security protocols? This proactive approach allows you to address risks before exploitation, enhancing your organization's security and protection.
Then, once you've assessed your security needs and identified your vulnerabilities, determine your goals and objectives for your physical security system. Are you focused on locking bad actors out? Limiting loss due to theft or shrink? Challenges around the rising incidents of workplace violence?
It's a combination of those plus much more, but that's why going through this process is imperative. Every organization's needs are unique when it comes to physical security.
Seamless Integration and Scalability
How will you deploy this new solution once you determine your security needs? Are you content with a one-time update or should it scale with your business's growth?
You might also find benefits in the ability to integrate a security system into your already deployed technology. Among other items, physical security solutions can link with your Point of Sale (POS) system and your inventory monitoring solutions to better track sales and shrink that's the result of customer or employee theft.
As your business grows and technology advances, your solutions must scale with the times, providing a leg up and combatting losses due to theft or violence.
Prioritizing Ease: User-Friendliness and Management
Assessing a system's usability and the proficiency of the end-user is just as crucial for success as the system itself.
How is the user interface? Will it be utilized as your team intended or cause more headaches in the long run than the vulnerabilities it's supposed to protect against?
Additionally, what does the installation look like? Today it is a risk to focus on a system not appropriately implemented from the start as an investment that, most likely, won't see a significant return and could even result in a loss.
Something else to think through: businesses need to pay more attention to the importance of training and support options provided to their employees. To make the most of this investment, partner with a provider that offers robust training or select a provider specializing in 24/7/365 support who can help install, maintain, and manage the system while providing around-the-clock peace of mind. This solution lets you focus on what matters most: driving revenue for your business.
Elevate Your Business with the Right Solution
Every day matters; prepare yourself with the proper security solutions that meet your needs to protect what matters most.
At Wachter, we provide innovative video security solutions powered by artificial intelligence and cloud-based technology — proactive solutions designed for you before a crime occurs.