Coronavirus. COVID-19. Whatever you call it, it has had a serious impact on everyone’s business. By the beginning of April in 2020, 46 states had shut down all non-essential businesses. And by the time you read this article, almost all non-essential businesses have closed. You’re likely reading this because your business is one of them.
As your business sits shuttered and empty with no end in sight, you might wonder how you can protect your business. In this article, we’ll discuss business security during these strange and uncertain times and how we can help you keep your business safe.
How Can You Keep Your Business Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis?
Experts don’t really know when things will return to “normal.” And that’s scary, we get it. If you’re not planning on shuttering your business for good, there are a few things you can do to ensure its safety until the day you can be back inside of it.
Let’s go over a few of the things you can do to keep things as safe as possible.
Have an Intrusion System
During the COVID-19 crisis, we don’t know what will happen. With your business shuttered, there is a likelihood of intrusion. This could result from civil unrest. An intrusion system will notify us if there’s a breach of security. Our professional monitoring station operates 24/7. We are ready to take action when alerts from your property reach us. Upon receiving an alarm notification, our operators will follow the instructions you provide regarding who to call should an alarm occur. Options for these instructions could include notifying key holders who can check to make sure everything is okay or immediate dispatch of local authorities.
Our intrusion systems include both perimeter and interior detection. An Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS) representative is ready to go over your intrusion needs today. During our free security evaluation, our representative will point out vulnerable areas at your business and give you the best direction on how to stay protected.
Have Cameras Installed
Another great addition to your business security is high quality and fully functioning cameras. At ADS, we have the options for self-monitored and professionally monitored cameras. Integrate your camera system with your intrusion alarm. Our operators will see what is happening in your business when an alarm is triggered. This integration is also a great way to cut down on false alarms.
Self-monitored camera systems are another way to stay on top of your business while it is empty. Set up personalized alerts sent straight to your phone if motion is captured during any unexpected time. With ADS cameras, you’re able to check in on your business at any time, even if you’re home. With just a few clicks, you can log in and see what’s happening.
Ideally, have the cameras well placed so that if someone comes into the business who is not part of the staff, you’ll be able to detect who it is or what they’re doing. During your security evaluation, our representative will discuss the best places to have cameras installed. Each business is different; therefore, each security system we offer is personalized to meet your business needs.
Cameras are also important for future prosecution if necessary. With camera video storage, you can see what the person did when on the premises, and what they took or tampered with. This can be invaluable in a court of law, and for helping you ensure that you have what’s owed to your business returned.
Enforce Card Access
Card access ensures that the entry to your building is restricted. At this moment in time, you don’t really need anyone entering except yourself and maybe a few other key employees. With a card access system, only those with the cards with be able to come into the property. You can monitor how many times an employee has come and gone during the time your business is shut.
While we know that trust in your employees is important, so is holding them accountable. It is important you’re aware of their comings and goings.
Ensure Your Business Security System Works
You may have a system installed that is old or faulty. Until now, your security system may not have been your priority in the every day. During these unique times, you need to take your security system seriously.
At ADS, we offer a service repair agreement on all systems. Should your system become faulty, our service professionals are available to help. Along with service repair, we also provide annual inspections. If you have not had your equipment inspected recently, now is a great time to do so.
ADS has over 100 certified technicians able to help you any time of the day or night. This offers your business true peace of mind. Never have to wonder who you can call when repairs are needed. We are here and ready to help.
Add Security for Vacant Spaces
Property managers, rehabbers, and building owners face many threats to their investments. Issues like vandalism, job-site theft, and even squatters top the list of troubles for vacant investment properties. ADS has developed a reliable, transitional solution. We can place a mobile unit in your space to provide notification of intrusion.
These units work just like a permanent system. There are no wires to install, and we include professional monitoring via a wireless radio network. There is no phone line or costly cellular signal needed! We call the solution ADS REO Security. The leased security system is the size of a tackle box. When active, the central unit communicates with strategically located advanced alarm sensors.
REO is a short-term security alarm solution. This solution offers property managers/owners similar interior protection to a hard-wired system. ADS monitors your building 24/7/365 from our company-owned UL listed central station. You are protected at multiple points by covering doors, windows, and other vital areas that could offer access. ADS REO Security is a flexible answer to protecting vacant properties
Protecting Your Business During the COVID-19 Crisis
We know it’s a tough time right now for everyone. That’s why at ADS, we’re here to protect one of your biggest assets: your livelihood. We’ve been taking business security seriously since 1968, and we’re ready to ensure yours is kept safe. Want to discuss your current system or to put a new system in place? If so, give us a call today! Our business is here when your business needs us, 24/7.
About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Alarm Detection Systems is one of the largest alarm firms in the country. Family-owned since 1968, we provide business alarms, fire alarms, card access, security cameras, and home security systems. Proudly servicing Chicagoland, Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin in the Midwest. Call us at 630.844.6300 for more information.