Too often here at Sonitrol Canada we see businesses installing a new security system when they open and then neglecting to update it with newer technology, sometimes for years or even decades. Often, businesses only upgrade their systems after a security threat when they realize their old technology just isn’t cutting it anymore.
With recent changes in security technology over the past few years, the entire landscape of business security systems has changed. In addition to that, the way that criminals attack businesses has changed – internal theft has grown and people have found many ways to bypass traditional security systems. While all businesses are at risk of internal theft and other security threats, some industries in particular are slower to upgrade which can cause preventable security issues in the long term.
Should You Update Your Security System?
Below are some examples of industries and businesses that absolutely must ensure their security systems are up to date.
With changing laws around marijuana production and sales happening in 2018 in Canada, the security system requirements for licensed producers and dispensaries are some of the most robust out of any industry. The Canadian federal government has the detailed security requirements listed in the AMPR, and includes items like perimeter security, robust access control, ULC Listed fire protection, and more. Notably, Verified Response security systems are a requirement for Licensed Producers as well.
Without the most up-to-date security technology and integrated systems, Licensed Producers won’t be able to operate. Anyone looking to pursue a career or start a business in this industry needs the best of the best for their licensed producer security system.
One problem that many retail business owners encounter is that they install security cameras and CCTV as a precaution and deterrent against theft, and don’t take advantage of other types of security systems. Retail security systems should include an automatic access control system for different levels of employees to prevent internal theft. Too many stores still make use of old fashioned keys and locks that can be easily broken into. An upgrade from the standard security cameras and CCTV that retail stores can benefit from is Verified Response audio or video detection to reduce or completely eliminate false alarms, as these happen often at retail storefronts.
Office and commercial security systems often include a variety of systems, like access control, intrusion systems, and security cameras. One area that absolutely must be included in any commercial alarm system is Verified Response. False alarms triggered by a misfired wire, an accident, or a non-threat can be verified immediately by monitoring personnel. Without Verified Response, the authorities are called and there are more actions and processes that need to be taken. Having an intrusion system and camera system are key for office security, but Verified Response is an update that must be undertaken as well.
Restaurants are similar to retail stores in that they often use old fashioned keys and locks for their access control. In a business that may have lots of cash on hand, a liquor room, and food storage, an automated access control system is essential. This, paired with a video verification system like Sonavision allows you to monitor all the areas of your restaurant at all times and keep only the most trusted people in your valuable areas.
Ready to Update Your Security System?
If you work for or own a business that has aging security systems, you need to upgrade today. The security system landscape is constantly changing, and the past few years have seen immense growth in both robust security systems and in criminals trying to find ways around them. To keep your business safe, you must keep all your integrated security systems up to date and ensure you’re using the latest security technology.
Whether you’re in the industries listed above or another type of business that faces regular security threats, contact us for a Free Security Plan to determine how we can help you improve your security systems! We provide robust and integrated security systems for licensed producers, retail, offices, banks, restaurants, and more.
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