Three Differences Between Commercial & Residential Security

Posted on September 28th, 2020

Three Differences Between Commercial & Residential Security

Three Differences Between Commercial & Residential Security

The country is now struggling to adapt and adjust to a new kind of normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s resulted in a lot of changes both in the ways that people live and work. For some businesses, this means having employees work from home.

Others, however, have to find new ways to work more safely at commercial properties. One evergreen concern is the need  for crime prevention. Fortunately, there are a few foundation components to security for a commercial property that all businesses can consider.

Barriers

The first and most obvious security feature a commercial property can use is a fencing or barrier system. Commercial properties not open to the general public, such as industrial or logistical spaces, should not allow easy access by anyone, especially where the storage of valuable commodities may be involved.

Fences, such as chainlink, are cost-effective barriers that keep out both human and animal intruders. They should be the first line of defense, especially for larger properties that may have out of the way or less visited spaces.

Surveillance

Security cameras are another cornerstone of good commercial security for multiple reasons. First and foremost, cameras are an excellent deterrent. Because they are the “perfect witness,” capturing accurate colors and identifying characteristics, no one wants to commit crimes in view of a camera.

Second, however, is that they can be used for investigation. Cameras can help companies monitor employee activity, thus reducing internal theft, but can also be handed over to the police to help with prosecution.

Access Control

In the old days, access control simply meant good mechanical locks on doors and windows to prevent unwanted entries. Today, access control is much more sophisticated, depending on what a facility needs and what it’s willing to pay for. Access cards that are scanned, for example, or numeric keypads to input codes, are one way to control entries.

On the other side of the equation are high tech alternatives like biometrics requiring an eye, voice, or fingerprint match. Some access control systems can even be assigned to phones. All of this, however, is to ensure that only authorized personnel goes where they are supposed to, and new systems even log all entry and exit.

Security Guards

Finally, the ultimate form of commercial security for many properties is an experienced, trained human presence. The vast majority of crimes simply won’t occur once criminals realize a security presence is at the property. Crime is all about trying to make a profit with the lowest amount of risk.

An armed security officer is a maximum risk, and therefore maximum deterrence. They can also be of assistance in other ways, such as escorting vulnerable employees to their vehicles or even handling situations where vagrants or other loiterers need to be removed from premises.

If you have a business and you are interested in implementing new, effective security measures, or you’d like to upgrade your existing infrastructure, we can help. Just contact us and let us know what your needs are. We can assess your property and come up with the security measures that will leave you and your business safer.

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