Do Small Businesses Have the Right Security?

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If you own a
small business in Australia, then it’s vital that you have the correct security
in place. After all, your business is your livelihood, and theft from
customers, opportunistic thieves and even staff members can cause damaging
losses. In this blog, we’ll assess whether businesses are effectively guarding
against crime and discuss some security options your business can put in place.

Is the Right Security In Place?

According to recent
data
, figures from the Australian Federal Police suggest that staff
and former members of staff are responsible for around 70% of business fraud,
while the Australian Retailers Association estimates that 55% of all stock loss
is due to employee theft.

In addition to
this, theft of goods, also known as “shrinkage”, costs
retailers globally $123 billion
. The top causes of this
are:

  • Employee theft (39%)
  • Shoplifting from customers (38%)
  • Administration errors and losses not related to crime (16%)

It’s thought
that this shrinkage costs the average Australian household $420 annually, with Australian
retailers losing
an estimated $2.7 billion a year
through criminal
activities and negligence alone.

From these eye
watering figures, it’s clear that small Australian businesses do not have the
correct security measures in place to prevent theft from staff and customers
alike. So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at some possible solutions.

Security Solutions to Prevent Small Business Crime

Different
security solutions can prevent different types of theft. You should also
remember that, as well as being proactive in deterring thieves, some security
solutions can also be used in evidence to prove a crime. Let’s have a look at
some different options that can suit the needs of your business.

Alarms

A burglar alarm
is a vital part of any business
security system
. Even the presence of a box on the exterior of your building
can help to deter thieves. By using a smart security system like the ones we provide, you can even
sync the system to your smartphone, allowing you to arm and disarm your system
from anywhere in the world – perfect if you always like to be in control.

However, an
alarm in itself may not be enough, so you should also consider the installation
of panic and motion detection devices, intrusion alarms and sensors.

Security Cameras

Not only can a
CCTV system help provide a safer working environment for your staff, but it can
also help prevent both internal and external theft. If staff members and
thieves know they are being watched by high definition cameras at all times,
your business should be at a reduced likelihood of experiencing theft.

As well as
reducing the likelihood of theft, these tapes can also potentially help catch a
staff member or burglar in the act, providing you with evidence of the crime. The
prosecution rate for business owners with CCTV is much higher than the rate for
those without it. This is because CCTV can help you or the police identify and
prosecute a perpetrator. As our systems can be
controlled remotely, you can keep an eye on your business even when you’re away.

Perimeter Monitoring

If your business holds valuables externally, then perimeter monitoring is a fantastic solution. With 24/7 monitoring, you can get a fast response around the clock to help secure your business locations, should someone attempt to try and enter your land. If a sensor is triggered, then we can contact you immediately and dispatch emergency response services to your business, no matter what time of day or night it may be.Small businesses across Australia may not be doing enough to prevent theft, but there’s no reason why your business should follow this trend. At Adeva Security, we specialise in providing all the latest security technology in the form of alarms, camera systems, CCTV and automation. If you’d like help preventing crime in your company, then please call us on 1300 773 633 or get a free quote today.

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