Security generally isn’t the first thing you will think of when it comes to a start-up business. You have so many other options. Products, your team, HR, PR, Marketing and a whole host of other things. But the one thing that can halt a business quicker than anything else is damage to a property or theft. These can halt a business as insurance companies are extremely slow and notoriously difficult to deal with, especially for start-up businesses that have only purchased insurance in the last year or 2. As you can probably guess this is a big issue for fraud in the security industry, so even if it is a valid claim, it will take a long time to go through.
So with this in mind what can you do to protect yourself from these issues? Well it’s actually very simple. You have 2 things to protect against. The first is property damage, this includes water, electric or general wear. But our major issue we want to avoid is some type of property damage that would close down the business for an extended period of time. So 3 things you have to ensure you have; fire alarms, water guards and close off switches. If you have these 3 things in your business then you will be as secure as you can hope to be when it comes to natural damage against your business.
Although natural damage is a big issue, the bigger one is clearly theft of a business. Theft is not only a huge issue in the start-up world but all over the globe. When I say theft I’m not just talking about someone breaking into your property and stealing physical items of value, which for the most part for a business is either stock or technology such as computers, printers and phones. I am also talking about digital data that can be stolen. This means you need to protect both against physical burglaries and online data theft. For me there are 3 things you should do to help both.
The first and probably the most important is you want to utilise card capture software that lets employees get into the business property but only using their specific card, this is perfect as it prevents anyone getting into the building, and it passes blame to the individual if something goes missing when they were in the premises.
The next one is the alarms and camera function. For example when you have anyone around the property they should be triggering move alarms, these use a number of metrics to set off, but if you have simple motion trigger alarms set-up, to notify you as well as the police, and turn on the lights and cameras at the same time then this is a very good way to avoid any loss.
Finally you just have to trust who you employee. 45% of theft is done by employees in big businesses. Even if you trust the individuals in your inner circle or team. You have to remember that they know people who you might not trust. Dig deeper into people’s pasts if you aren’t sure.