Security is admittedly not the first thing new business owners think about. There is the funding, the organization, the management, and just the general thousand steps of getting things in motion. However, even if you feel you are a small business, and that no one would ever target you, you can still become the victim of crime, which can significantly set you back.
There is also the fact that proper security is not exactly free – and when the money is tight, you may choose to spend it somewhere else, anywhere you can actually see a return on your investment. Again, if anything should happen, you will wish you had done something initially.
The thing is – security has a huge ROI, if you apply it correctly. It’s like a life insurance policy – you hope you never need it, but if you do, you are very happy it is there. Just think of the costs both in terms of money and time if a burglary were to happen.
If all that has still not convinced you, here are a few additional facts to keep in mind:
You Can Never Be Too Small
Large companies are more likely to invest in security, don’t you think? Whereas a smaller company like yours may or may not have taken the necessary steps to protect their assets. After all, if a burglar can take something of less value and not get caught, why would they risk possible capture with a larger company?
You would be surprised just how little we are talking about – and it’s not just your cash, it’s all of your electronics and other valuables that make you a great target. If it can be taken, and if a burglar notices you are not exactly priding yourself with your security measures, you could walk into the office one day to find it empty.
Security Investments To Make
While your doors and windows are still the main entry point, they are not the only one. Having good quality locks and bolts will do a lot to deter a burglar, and shutters and bars on the windows can also be a great deterrent. Don’t forget to consider access points like skylights, hatches or even the cellar.
Having a fence around your property will also make it that much harder for someone to break in, and then there are the tech gadgets. While a burglar alarm may seem like a good idea, it is actually less effective than you might think. They go off falsely so often that people have learned to ignore them. Plus, they will only alert you when someone has actually already broken in.
Luckily, technology has come quite a long way, so you can now choose to go for remote monitored CCTV, which will not only protect your business, it is also a great way to prevent crime, as the criminal will be alerted to the fact they are being caught on camera.
There is of course the security guard option as well, but why would you put someone’s life in harm’s way when you can simply go for the tech option and know you have made the right investment?
No matter how small your company may seem to you, the truth is it can still become a target – and the best way to prevent that is to have measures in place that will catch the criminal red handed. If you are never faced with a break-in, and never need to use these security measures, you can congratulate yourself on your prudent investment all those years back, and retire knowing you have made the right choice.