It can be tough to find the right security solution to protect your business. Every property is different, and each company has its own risks, preferences, and safety requirements. Luckily, integrated systems can help streamline your security approach—here’s what you need to know.
The term “integrated security system” means using a multi-layered approach to protect your property. This is done because comprehensive coverage makes it much harder for criminals to break in.
However, it’s important to note that because each property is unique, every system should be designed to meet the specific needs of your business. That said, there are several aspects typically included in an effective integrated security system, including:
- Alarm systems
- Motion detectors
- Surveillance cameras
- Live monitoring
- Access control tools
- Artificial intelligence (AI)
The different tools in an integrated system work together to improve your overall security. Not only does this enhance the safety of your building, it also provides additional data to your business, helping you get a complete picture of potential threats. Receiving regular updates on the status of your building’s security is an essential part of keeping your business safe. The more details you have about behavior, risks, and conditions at your facility, the better you can prepare for potential crimes and other security threats.
Integrated security approaches are effective for one key reason: the technology can be applied to several different systems. Having layered systems drastically reduces the chances of criminals breaking into your facility. For example, consider a situation where a building only has one alarm system in place. More often than not, criminals will be able to get in and out of the property before anyone is able to respond to the alarm.
This same concept applies to physical security and any access control technology. These tools help keep criminals out of your property, but they’re unlikely to stop criminals on their own. Most criminals plot their crimes in advance. They’ll scope out a property, brainstorming ways to counter the existing security measures. The more tools you have in place to stop criminals, the harder it is for them to get into your building—that’s what makes integrated security so vital.
With integrated security systems, you get access to several tools that can detect, deter, and stop criminals. This helps make sure every aspect of your property is monitored, all while providing a single point of contact for your business. Having a singular contact point improves communication and ensures your team is correctly handling all security policy procedures.
Camera systems play a pivotal role in upholding the safety of everyone and everything at your business. With Medlin Communications, protecting your property has never been easier—a holistic security approach is only a click away.
Let’s dive into a few practical benefits of an integrated security approach:
Integrated security systems offer multiple benefits, including live video monitoring. And constant surveillance does more than just deter crime, catch criminals, and secure your business. Companies who invest in layered security measures also use video surveillance to:
- Identify safety hazards and report them before something happens.
- Reduce liability and fraud with video evidence of what took place
- Improve operational efficiencies by highlighting bottlenecks
- Minimize physical property damage (early flood, leak, fire detection)
Integrated security systems streamline processes, workflows, and reporting, helping you focus on your daily business operations.
Most industries—like warehouses, construction, dealerships, and offices—deal with theft, loitering, and vandalism. To make matters worse, internal threats can also perpetuate these problems, as employees know the security system’s weaknesses and workarounds. In fact, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 75 percent of employees have stolen from their employer at least one time. But that’s not all. Almost one-third of business failures can be attributed to employee fraud and abuse.
Luckily, integrated security systems can help solve these challenges. Should someone enter your business without permission, agents monitoring your real-time video will alert the police, helping them locate the suspect.
If the price of security guards seems prohibitive to integrating security measures, consider the fact that automated security precautions present far less of a threat to your business compared to physical guards. If your company already has the budget for security guards, why not use that capital to tighten up your safety measures with an integrated security system? Simply put, video surveillance is more cost-effective, enabling you to keep more of your hard-earned profits.
Most security measures can be integrated with proactive, real-time monitoring, which involves trained operators watching for unusual activity. They can view more than a security guard can, including areas guards can’t access. Because an integrated security system allows you to see any part of the facility, you can monitor your property from anywhere using smartphones, tablets, laptops, or computers.
Most business owners are too familiar with the fact that vandalism, loitering, and theft often cost more than the damage incurred, as your building might have to temporarily close for repairs. This can lead to the property looking unattractive, scaring off clients and visitors. With loitering, customers see someone hanging around the property. This often makes them uncomfortable, which means that rather than visiting your business, they leave.
Fortunately, because everything is unified under an integrated system, you’ll get a holistic view of your building’s security without needing extra staff to monitor the cameras. It saves time, costs, and helps prevent damage from happening in the first place.
For over 30 years, Medlin has used our experience and expertise in commercial systems integration to optimize our building security systems. Start a conversation to learn how we can help protect your business.