Businesses of all sizes and industries face the same basic security threats:
- Internal (employees)
- External (weather, fire, intruder, and vendor)
At ASI, our commitment to your protection goes further than just providing the infrastructure you need to protect your people and your property. We also partner with local resources to assist you in crafting a plan to keep everyone safe when a threat arises. Keep reading to learn more.
Internal threats include employee theft of product and productivity. Cell phones and social media rob a lot of employers. One of the best deterrents for both is cameras. Cameras are effective in 80% of these cases.
One example is the gaming industry. Casinos in particular have all their public spaces covered by quality closed circuit TV. One avoided false allegation can pay for the entire security system. This is true is almost every business.
The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies to property security.
Here in Mississippi, one of our biggest external threats is weather. One of our security cameras at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo, MS, caught video of the tornado that passed through in April 2014. After the tornado passed, the camera was still operational.
- When it comes to weather threats, it’s important for your company to have a weather plan.
- Do you have a system to alert employees in case of an imminent severe weather threat?
- Have your employees been educated on your weather plan and safe place location?
- Where will your employees meet after a severe weather event to ensure first responders can account for all missing persons?
These simple steps can save lives. If you don’t have a plan in place, we can help.
The second most common threat to your business is fire. Whether the notification of fire is from an employee, eyewitness or an electronic fire system, the following steps should be followed:
- Rally Point
An intruder is a different matter from weather and fire.
- What steps can be taken to stop a person BEFORE they enter your business?
- How do you keep unauthorized people out while easily allowing in authorized people?
- The first step is recognition, but then what?
- What steps do your employees take?
Most terrorism experts recommend run, hide, and fight as a last resort.
Businesses are turning to electronic video surveillance and access control systems to control authorized and unauthorized entry to the facility. The same system that makes it much more difficult for unauthorized people to enter, also allows authorized persons to enter with ease. We hear stories, especially in the food service business, about vendor dishonesty. A properly placed camera and procedures will dramatically reduce this unfortunate (and often costly) situation.
ASI provides business telephone systems for small and medium-sized businesses as well as large corporations. They also provide security systems for businesses, churches, and residential homes. Their largest clients are manufacturers or other large businesses. They are licensed in the state of Mississippi.