common issues in commercial security systems

10 July COMMON ISSUES THAT CROP UP IN COMMERCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM

Commercial property owners need to provide their visitors with a safe and comfortable environment. They must take adequate security measures to ensure maximum protection. However, no system is infallible, and sometimes gaps or vulnerabilities can crop up to compromise your security. Here’s a look at some of the most common issues in commercial security systems and how to handle them:

1. Low Quality CCTV Videos

The quality of CCTV videos is one of the most common hindrances in investigating a crime. Many cameras installed in commercial properties capture blurry images that make identifying culprits nearly impossible. CCTV systems are designed to help companies carry out surveillance on their property and keep an eye on unusual or problematic activity. If the images aren’t clear, you are not able to do much.

The best way to resolve this issue is to invest in high-resolution HD cameras that capture crystal clear colour images. Some CCTV systems also come with facial recognition software, which makes it easier to identify culprits.

2. Unauthorized Access by Outsiders

Criminals can be tech-savvy and use sophisticated tools to bypass security. Business owners need to be one step ahead of them and install a security system that isn’t easy to bypass. Instead of using keypads or keycards, consider biometric access systems for areas where security is a significant concern. These systems are more difficult to bypass and are also more convenient to use.

Motion or heat sensors can detect unauthorized access and alert the property owner immediately. You can install these on your doors, windows, and outside restricted areas to ensure no one can access the property outside work hours.

3. Unauthorized Access by Employees

Sometimes employees can be the biggest security threat. They may use their knowledge of the company and security credentials to access confidential information or expensive products. It’s common for disgruntled employees to steal from their employers or destroy office property in a fit of rage.

You can avoid this by setting up tiered access systems with multiple levels of control. For example, you set up a system that allows only a specific group of employees to access a restricted area. It is also possible to ensure that these areas can’t be accessed during certain times of the day. It ensures employees can’t sneak in after everyone has left for the day to steal anything.

4. False Alarms

False alarms are disruptive, frustrating, and expensive. They are also unfortunately common, which can lead to people disabling their security system just to avoid the noise. Even the most sophisticated security set-ups can sound a warning without any real cause. However, it is possible to avoid them with proper training and a security bypass.

The security company can train all of your employees to use the system properly, which can help reduce the number of false alarms. Many modern installations also come with a fob or remote that can disable the alarm quickly from a distance, so you don’t need to worry about disruption.

5. Disconnected Lines

Security systems can be wired or wireless. Both types have their pros and cons, but most business owners consider wired systems more reliable. However, it is possible to bypass a wired system by merely cutting the landline that powers it. There are two ways to avoid this issue; you can install the line under the ground or behind walls; the other option is to have a battery backup.

Hiding wires ensures they are difficult to access and damage, which reduces the chances of a break-in. A backup battery will automatically switch on if the line is cut and the system has no power. Modern security systems usually come with an app that allows users to access them remotely. Your system will send an alert to the app as soon as it loses power and switches to battery mode.

6. Forgetting to Arm the Security System

Security systems will only work if they are armed and ready. It’s common for property owners or employees to forget arming the alarm, which can leave the property vulnerable to intrusion. Both wired and wireless systems come with remote access applications now so you can engage the security system remotely if an employee forgets to arm it.

Smart systems even send alerts to owners if the alarm isn’t switched on when it is supposed to be. You can check the set-up through your phone, laptop, tablet, or computer to make sure all alarms are armed. These smart security devices are also connected to the property’s thermostat, lights, doors, lock controls, etc., which gives the owner a lot of control.

7. Reliability of Wireless Systems

Wireless security systems aren’t as easy to bypass as wired systems. There’s no wire to cut to disable it. However, such a set-up isn’t without its vulnerabilities. Wireless security relies on a Wi-Fi connection, and such connections aren’t as consistent as wired transmissions. A disrupted signal can leave your property vulnerable to intrusion.

The best way to overcome this problem is to upgrade the system and install a wired backup. The latest wireless security devices are more reliable and consistent. They don’t falter as often or cause false alarms. A backup wired system can ensure that your property is secure even when the wireless set-up isn’t working.

8. Electricity Outage

Both wired and wireless systems run on electricity, and an outage can compromise your security as soon as it happens. All modern security devices come with battery backup that can maintain security for at least 8 hours. If yours doesn’t have battery backup, you need to upgrade it.

Check the battery regularly as well to make sure it can hold sufficient power. Batteries can lose their ability to contain power over time, and old ones don’t provide enough backup. Replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure your system is always reliable, even when the power is down.

9. Blind Spots in Security Systems

Blind spots are areas that aren’t covered by CCTV cameras or alarms. It is rare for criminals to put much effort into break-ins, but they will exploit blind-spots if they’re obvious. Things like CCTV cameras at even distances, moving at fixed angles can create easily detectable blind spots.

An experienced security consultant will scrutinize your property, look for shadowed corners, accessible entrances, covered areas, etc., and then design a security system. They will make sure that all these areas are well-lit and CCTV cameras installed in optimal locations for the best results.

10. Parking Lot Security Issues

Parking lots require tight security measures because criminals can take advantage of vulnerabilities in these spaces. Many violent crimes, car vandalism, and automobile thefts happen in parking lots. It is the company’s responsibility to ensure the area is completely secure. The best way to do that is to make sure it is well-lit and to install CCTV cameras at different locations.

It is also a good idea to add access control systems and security guards to the area to ensure unauthorized individuals can’t enter your lot.

An experienced security consultant will inspect the system and offer recommendations based on their observations. Maintaining and upgrading your security system is a smart investment, especially if you have expensive items, inventory, or valuable information stored on the premises.

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