A security system is a major purchase for a small business.
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Sure, there's the cost. But in addition to the initial cash outlay and monthly monitoring expenses, you have the value of your merchandise and capital assets riding on the success (or failure) your security system. No matter how you look at it, there is a lot at stake in your decision.
The process of buying a business security system is simple and straightforward. However, there are some nuances you should be aware of before you hardwire your business with motion detectors and magnetic alarm contacts. Follow these steps for buying security systems and you can't go wrong:
- Find a Provider. The first step toward installing a business security system is to make contact with several alarm system providers. You will have a lot of options to choose from including big name security system providers like Apex, Brinks, ADT and Pinnacle.
- Create a Budget. Business security systems run the gamut from the very expensive to the fairly affordable. Rather than designing a high-end security system that you ultimately won't be able to afford, establish budgetary parameters early in the selection process.
- Assess Your Current Security Measures. Although you don't have an electronic security system yet, you are already doing a lot of things to secure your property. Even something as simple as your locking up procedure should be discussed with your security system provider and integrated into your security plan on a go-forward basis.
- Get a Security System Consult. Carefully discuss your security goals with your system provider. You might not have to install a costly, top of the line security system in order to beef up security around your office or money handling areas. Instead of installing more system than you need, use your cash to upgrade individual security system components.
- Consider Future Expansion & Extras. If you plan to add on to your security system in the near future, it might be more efficient to bite the bullet and do it now. If not, at least make sure your security system provider has designed a system that is capable of future expansion. Extras like fire detection or video monitoring are also nice features to include in your initial security system installation, if finances allow.