March 23 2023 0Comment
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The Importance of Security Systems

Article by Nicola Plasko – Security Sales Specialist

The need for commercial security systems is more prevalent than ever. The increased need for precautions such as access control, video surveillance, and intrusion detection not only protect your investment but, most importantly, they protect yourself and the people in your employ.

While mandatory Fire Protection regulations have been in place for years and subsequently saved many lives, it took decades of preventable tragedy to get Fire Codes in place.  There are, however, no such formal standards in place when it comes to security.

Security Systems act as the first line of defense when it comes to ensuring the safety of your employees. In a world where workplace violence seems to be on the rise, these security measures seem more important then ever.

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In a recent survey, 23% of workers worldwide have reported to have experienced violence or harassment in the workplace. In addition, there were 481 workplace homicides in 2021; up from the 392 the previous year. A staggering 30,000 women report sexual assaults occuring on the job. The result? 1 in 7 people report not feeling safe at the job.

What role would Security Systems play in mitigating this violence and increasing the feeling of safety of employees in the workplace?

From offices, to schools, to government buildings and open parking lots, employers are utilizing new advances in AI camera system technology. Police and security personnel can quickly identify individuals and now have the ability to recognize gender, facial features, clothing color, vehicle make, model, and color, making capture and arrest more likely.  

With school violence and workplace violence on the rise, access control systems, propped door alerts, automatic locking doors, weapon detectors and high-level security cameras play a crucial role in saving lives.

Burglary and crimes against property cost business owners upwards of $800 million every year, with most commercial burglaries taking place when businesses are closed.

To entice private business owners, insurance companies offer a lower premium on the cost of insurance to companies with security systems. According to a 2015 survey by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, 60% of burglars will seek an alternate target if a security system is present and 74% of incomplete intrusions are credited to audible alarms.

While there are no hard regulations in place requiring the presence of a security system, the benefits to the safety of your business are well worth the cost of having one in place. Contact Oliver for a FREE Security Consultation.