Many business owners focus only on things like profits, productivity, and keeping ahead of the competition. This is understandable - time is money, after all - but it does mean that the crucial matter of security sometimes falls by the wayside.
Business security is a multifaceted, potentially complex issue to which some turn a blind eye until it's too late. A simple solution sometimes isn't enough - a single CCTV camera or burglar alarm can't protect your business as well as a fully-integrated system that combines a number of different security products into the perfect solution for your business.
What is an integrated security system?
An integrated security system takes a number of different security systems and merges them into one comprehensive solution that may include any combination of the following:
Why do you need an integrated security system?
So what are the specific benefits and advantages that come from utilising a fully-integrated security system? Here are a few examples:
- Improved Productivity - An integrated system can help to boost the productivity levels of your employees, with increased monitoring having a positive impact on customer satisfaction and employee performance.
- Conflict Resolution - A multifaceted security system makes it easier to monitor actions taken in the workplace, leading to improved conflict resolution if necessary.
- Centralisation - With the implementation of an integrated security system, your company's security will become more centralised rather than having to report to different areas. This saves management time and allows the business to be more organised.
- Theft Deterrence - Theft is an ever-present fear for all business owners. A good security system can be tailored to the needs of your operation, minimising the risk of burglary.
- Real-Time Monitoring - With an integrated security system, businesses are able to see the activities of their premises instantly whenever needed through the use of computers, smartphones and/or tablets.
Security systems from IDS
Here at IDS Security Systems, we offer bespoke security solutions for all kinds of businesses. If you require a fully-integrated security system, we can help - contact us today to request a free quotation.
Fire safety is a very important subject - it truly is a matter of life and death. Homes and commercial premises both require certain measures to ensure that, in the event of a fire, the dangers to human life are kept to a minimum.
We specialise in fire protection systems here at IDS, but how much do you know about fire safety? Read our infographic to make sure you understand how to make your property safe:
Research shows that buildings burn faster now than ever before:
- 30 years ago you would have approximately 17 minutes to escape a house fire
- Nowadays you can have less than 5!
Fire exit: Always know where public fire exits are and the safest way to evacuate your house if there is a fire.
Make sure you have a fire alarm installed and test the ones you do have.
2/3 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke or fire alarms or have alarms that don't work.
Fire alarms should be tested once a month and have their batteries changed once a year
Be sure to take all the correct safety precautions by installing the right fire alarm!
You should have a smoke alarm on every floor of your home.
Which Fire Alarm Do You Need?
Conventional Fire Alarms
- Can tell you which zone a fire is in
- Great for small buildings with low risk of fire hazards
Wireless Fire Alarms
- Wirelessly links the alarm panel with sensitive sensors
- Ideal for buildings where wires aren't suitable such as temporary locations
Addressable Fire Alarms
- Ideal for large spaces with a higher risk of fire
- Can tell you the exact location of the fire
Biggest Fire Hazards
- Unattended Flames
- Faulty Electrical Systems
If you want to know which security system would best protect your business learn more at www.ids-securityltd.co.uk
We know it can be hard choosing the right security system for your business, so we've created this helpful infographic to show you all the important security bits you need to consider! This should help you identify which security features your business needs.
Taking the right precautions to protect your business is important to keep your livelihood and employees safe. A combination of security systems is the best way to ensure your business is protected. See why each security system is beneficial below.
CCTV Security Systems:
CCTV cameras monitor specific areas around the clock. Keep an eye on your premises at all times even when no one is around to watch.
• Deter thieves and trespassers
• Remotely monitor footage
• Video evidence in the event of a crime
• Boosts confidence in the business’ security measures
There were 1,986,709 cases of theft-related offences in the year ending Sept 2017
Access Control Systems:
Gain control over who can enter your property with an access control system. Knowing who has access to your place of business increases feelings of security in the workplace.
• Monitor access from a remote location
• Keep track of who is entering and leaving the property
• Capable of locking and unlocking doors from afar
• Allow approved individuals access with fobs, smartcards and biometrics
(29% increase in robbery compared to previous year (2015/16)
If someone is attempting to carry out a crime at your business property you want a system in place that will let you know as quickly as possible.
• Alerts against unauthorised intruders
• Acts as a deterrent against break-in attempts
• Provides peace of mind, even when you are away from your property
• Alert authorities and passers-by that your property is being targeted.
There were 171,195 cases of recorded non-domestic burglaries in the year ending Sept 2017
Perfect for commercial properties and retail environments, security barriers allow you to choose which vehicles and pedestrians have access to your property and parking.
• Barriers can be controlled remotely to allow access
• Adds security to public and private car parks
• Added reassurance to those who leave their vehicles in monitored areas
• Turnstiles can help control pedestrian traffic
(Gates, barriers, rising bollards and turnstiles)
Do you have a fire alarm system in your business? If not, it is important that you know the employer is responsible for the safety of their employees when it comes to fire. It is very important each business has a suitable fire alarm system in place to ensure all possible safety precautions are taken.
Under the UK fire alarm regulations, it is stated that all business premises must have an appropriate fire detection system. However, in premises which are small enough for everyone to see a fire instantly, it may not be necessary. Be sure to take make a fire risk assessment prior to deciding whether or not you should have a fire alarm.
After your fire risk assessment, if you think your business does need a fire alarm system - here's a look at just a few which may be suitable for your business.
Conventional business fire alarms will identify the zone the fire is in by dividing your premises into different areas. This type of fire alarm system is best for smaller businesses that are at a low risk of fire hazards.
This type of wireless fire alarm works using a link between the fire alarm panel and the sensors. This works best for businesses which do not want a lot of wires/cables hanging around.
Addressable Fire Alarms are best suited to larger workplaces which may be at a higher risk of fire. If one of the panels installed with an addressable fire alarm system activates, you will be able to see exactly where the fire is.
Here at IDS Security, we install all three different types of business Fire Alarm Systems - and have done so for over 20 years! We are experts in this field, so if you would like to find out more, contact us here.
Choosing the right fire alarm for your property is incredibly important, with so many high-profile fires in the media more attention is being paid to installing the right precautionary measures.
At IDS, we have a range of fire alarm systems that are designed to give you the best chance of evacuating the building and preventing the fire from spreading. But which alarm system should you choose? You'll often see a choice between conventional fire alarms and addressable fire alarms - but what is the difference?
Conventional vs Addressable Fire Alarms
The key difference between convention and addressable alarms is that conventional alarms can alert you that a fire is occurring and can direct you to the zone in which it has started, but can't exactly locate where the fire is.
In comparison, an addressable alarm can pinpoint exactly where the fire is, as it can tell you which fire/smoke alarm has been set off. As you can locate the fire immediately, this fire alarm system gives you the best chance of stopping a fire from spreading further.
When would I pick a conventional fire alarm?
If you have a small property with few fire hazards then a conventional fire alarm is a cost-effective way to alert you to a fire. As a conventional fire alarm can tell you the zone in which a fire is taking place you will still be able to locate the fire in a timely manner.
When do I need an addressable fire alarm?
Addressable fire alarms are perfect for larger facilities as there will be no question as to where a fire has started. The speed in which you locate a fire drastically improves the chances of stopping it from spreading and getting everyone to safety. Addressable fire alarms can reassure you that in the event of a fire you will be able to tackle it as quickly as possible and give the emergency services more details about the location and possibly type of fire that has started.
Where can I get a fire alarm system?
Whether you want a conventional or addressable fire alarm system, IDS can help you design a system that will best suit your property. We will also install your system to ensure that it is all up and working to it's best ability.
We also offer around-the-clock monitoring service for your fire alarm system and a call out engineering service that is available 24/7 to give you peace of mind your fire alarm system is always up and running. To learn more about our fire alarm services, you can click here.
If you are interested in or conventional or addressable fire alarm systems or about any of the other security systems we supply here at IDS, we are more than happy to help. Get in touch with our friendly team of experts so that we can help you make your property more secure. Contact us today.