Getting the right alarm system for your small business
At Brunel Security, we have a wealth of experience in fitting intruder alarms in Bristol, so we know the challenges that several small businesses face in securing their premises and valuables. With that in mind, we thought we’d share our knowledge to help you towards making the right decision for your small business. When we fit a intruder alarm in Bristol, we always make absolutely sure that the system is right for your needs.
A Intruder alarm is your first line of defence against thieves, so the features and the functions of an alarm system can help hugely depending on what your business requires.
What type of business do you have?
Before recommending an alarm system for you, we will take your type of business into consideration. For example, if you run a jewellery shop, you will have different needs from an intruder alarm when compared to other businesses that don’t have such high value stock. There is no one size fits all intruder alarm that can suit everything from corner shops to office complexes, and that’s why we always make sure to carry out a full risk assessment in line with current legislation PD662 before a recommendation is made.
Does your business have CCTV or physical security currently in place? Is there a history of break-ins in the property? These types of questions and more are vital when it comes to determining the right intruder alarm for your business. Having an intruder alarm system that has been tailored towards your needs and inline with PD662 will go much further towards protecting your premises than an alarm system which has been installed without a risk assessment.
How will your business be affected by a break-in?
It’s a good idea to thoroughly consider just how badly your business will be affected by a break-in. If there are a number of valuable goods in your premises, then you may need a different level of security when it comes to intruder alarms compared to a business that has lower value goods. Ultimately, as a small business owner, you’re going to want to be sure that your valuables are fully protected regardless of the value of your stock, but it’s still a good idea to think about how you could be affected by a break in.
If you run an office based business, a break-in could end up being data related. This could end up having catastrophic consequences for your company, particularly if your data includes the personal information of your customers. Although there is no monetary value attached to your data, losing the trust of your customer base could end up hugely impacting the bottom line of your business. It’s a good idea to take some time and place a value on all of your assets when thinking about getting an alarm system for your small business. At Brunel, we can help you come to a decision surrounding your alarm system and will take the value of your goods, whether it’s data, physical stock or something else, under consideration as part of our thorough risk assessment.
Have you thought about the added benefits?
Aside from the obvious advantages to the security of your business, you may want to take into consideration some additional benefits that an intruder alarm could bring to your company. It’s vital that your staff feel as safe as possible, particularly if your company has suffered from break-ins in the past. Safe staff are far more likely to be productive, and if your staff are more productive, you stand a better chance of making more money. So take staff safety into consideration when selecting an intruder alarm.
Insurance is another aspect you need to think about. Having an intruder alarm could lower your insurance premiums and some insurers may lower your premiums by even more if you have a more advanced intruder alarm in place. For more information and advice about intruder alarms for your business, contact us today.
Freya is the content writer here at Brunel Fire and Security. She is passionate about the industry and provides our customers with all the information and advice they need.