What are the competitors like in the area? Will employees want to work here? Can we afford the rent? These are all questions a new business might ask when selecting their first location. Many, however, forget to ask something very important - How can we make sure our new business location is secure?
Around 78,000 new small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) open each year in Canada, according the latest statistics from the Government of Canada. Many of these new business owners will be acquiring or leasing a business facility for the first time. There is so much to think about before you open the doors, but don’t forget the fundamental questions about security.
Installing a robust security system will take away the worries of your property and will let you focus on what matters - your business.
Here are some questions and answers for new business owners about commercial security.
I am insured, do I really need a security system?
You may have insurance on the equipment and products that you store on your premises, as well as any damages incurred, but how will a break-in impact your business as a whole? There are many repercussions to a break-in, and it’s not just that of physical loss of stock or tools.
There are many aspects a business owner must consider, including; employee and customer confidence; protecting customer and employee data; how long the business would have to close its doors after a break-in; and would your insurance continue to cover you a second time? Any of these could ruin the first steps of a small company’s journey.
Is it OK to use the existing system once we have moved to a new location?
If you are thinking about using a new location’s existing system, think again! Yes, you will save money on the initial installation but you are probably inheriting problems that already existed beforehand. The devices could be outdated or the wiring could have deteriorated, and do you really know how well this system works? It wasn’t designed for your business and it’s probably a conventional rather than a verified system. If it was left behind by the previous owner… it is garbage.
Can I save money by using a residential security system?
Residential alarm systems are not robust enough to protect corporate properties. Companies, such as Sonitrol Western Canada, specialize in commercial loss prevention and will recommend a unique security solution. These tailor-made solutions will be made specifically for your premises and are guaranteed to protect your business. Sonitrol systems are verified with 24x7 monitoring by commercial security specialists.
Do security sales reps know my specific needs?
Sales reps, more often than not, are trained in selling their company's products. They are not trained in evaluating the unique security needs of your business. They will often cut corners on price to beat their conventional competitors and will try to sell you predetermined packages.
A security sales rep should visit your location, view your premises unique needs and suggest the options open to you. Each option should be justified with a rationale. They should create a plan and not just sell you a fixed package. Sonitrol doesn’t operate this way. Our security experts will review your facility, location, and needs and design a no obligation security plan.
A siren alarm will be enough to deter criminal, surely?
A conventional security system that sets off a siren will not deter a criminal. Criminals know that once an alarm is set off they have 20 minutes on average until police arrive at the scene. Sonitrol, on the other hand, has helped the police make some 167,000 apprehensions. Word of mouth in prisons across North America means just seeing Sonitrol surveillance is now enough to deter many criminals.
Choosing the right security system could be essential for the survival of your company. Tens of thousands of small companies close down each year, and risking your security is just not an option.
A burglary could result in physical loss, the deterioration of customer confidence, the temporary closing of your business, or the loss of client data. These are all things that will be harmful to your new business. Installing a Sonitrol security alarm system, that has been designed specifically for your company’s building, can prevent this from happening.
Contact us today to find out how our security solutions can protect your new business.