Building security is a common concern for businesses of all sizes. Security needs are ever-changing and, in the modern era, businesses are vulnerable to a number of security threats from theft to vandalism to violent crime. As a business owner, taking the necessary security measures to ensure that your business, your employees and your visitors remain unharmed is imperative. Keep reading to learn the risks of not having an access control system!
Why Your Business Needs an Access Control System
If you are considering installing an access control system, check out a few of the risks that might leave you vulnerable without it.
The Entrances of Your Building are Not Secure
In this day and age, you never know who will walk through your doors. Without an access control system (or a managed access control system), your business will have an increased amount of risk and exposure, not knowing who is coming or going and when.
However, with a fully operational access control system in place, you will be able to successfully prevent unauthorized individuals from entering your building (both during operating hours and after-hours). When protecting your employees at this level, you give them peace of mind and it increases their overall job satisfaction and productivity levels.
Potential of Theft or Unwanted Visitors
Business owners are often frustrated when employees enter their building during off-hours without their prior permission or management’s knowledge. Unmonitored activity in and around your business can lead to some serious problems. It may not seem like a big deal to allow people to come and go from the premises as they please but, based on past experience, the chances are good that you are better off providing authorization and tracking every move. Access can be narrowed down to different rules and allowances for each building, specific areas within the building, staff and times of the day.
This way, you won’t have unauthorized employees, customers or vendors entering your building at any time of day or night without a trace. Don’t let your business become a hotspot of criminal activity!
Unregulated Access to Secure Areas of Building
As indicated above, not everyone in your organization should have access to every area of your building and if your building has offices or rooms with sensitive information, protecting those areas becomes even more crucial. Without an access control system, you won’t be able to program different levels of restricted access based on the status and security clearance of each employee. You also won’t be able to create customized schedules that grant or deny access to your building during certain hours of the day or night. An access control system makes it easy to let you know who comes and goes at all times.
No Protection from Employee Theft
No one wants to think that their employees are stealing from them, according to the Association of Fraud Examiners, internal theft accounts for up to 5% of annual revenues for businesses. Although access control can’t prevent theft completely, it can hinder it by prohibiting employees from accessing the building as they please.
Access control can also be used alongside your existing time-logging systems so you know exactly when an employee starts their day or leaves for the day, preventing them from not clocking out in an attempt to gain more hours when they are actually not working.
To ensure that your access control system is 100% secure, contact us. We can audit your space, maintain an existing system or install a new access control system in your building to ensure the safety of your employees and assets.