Considerations for Choosing a Security System
Covering every square inch of your facility with cameras can be expensive, and it also might be unnecessary. You want to think about the critical areas you want to cover, including points of entry such as doors and windows. Valuable areas such as money drawers and safes are common selections for tighter camera coverage. For the best wide-area coverage, 180-degree panoramic and 360-degree fisheye cameras work well for covering large areas with a single camera. Additionally, review how much recording capacity you think you will need. Depending on the business, some need just a few days while others require a few months. Many of our systems are set to record on motion events only which helps to prevent unnecessary storage consumption. A Point Monitor sales associate can help select the right system for your application.
At a minimum, an intrusion system will have sensors on all perimeter doors and movable windows. For added security, motion sensors are recommended in areas accessible from the outside. Modern motion sensors look for a combination infrared/microwave signature from the human body to prevent false alarms. Contrary to what some may think, you cannot detect motion through glass windows. Some facilities are also equipped with glass-break sensors which detect the acoustical properties of shattering glass and report an alarm.
Keyless entry is becoming a security fundamental for businesses of all sizes. Having an access control system with card readers and electric locks allows you to lock doors on a predefined schedule and grant or revoke access to personnel rapidly, all without fear of copied keys floating around. Modern systems utilize encrypted fobs and mobile credentials, which turn a user’s smartphone into the key needed for access.
There are many basic criminal deterrents that don’t require electronic security. Your door hardware should be assessed to determine if it can withstand a brute force attack. Good outdoor lighting is also a prime deterrent for criminals looking to carry out their plans in the darkness. Where allowable, a fence can take away someone’s excuse for wandering onto your property, creating an extra barrier between them and your front door.
All our systems are installed by trained and state-licensed Point Monitor technicians. Most of our systems can be fully managed by a smartphone or laptop so that you can manage your system from anywhere with an internet connection. With Point Monitor, our prices are fair, and our consultations are free. Let us know how we can help you design a security system today!