Evaluating Your Business Security Setup

August 20th, 2021

Running a business is something that requires a huge amount of work in Chico, CA. You can spend years planning and focusing on your business to make sure that it moves forward into the future that you have planned for it. But one thing that you may not be able to plan for is criminal activity.

Whether it’s a break in, shoplifting, stolen goods, stolen data from your computer systems, or something else, the fact is that any criminal activity can have a huge impact on your business’ future. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your business is secure and protected from any risks.

Luckily, a basic evaluation of your security is one of the easiest ways to make certain that your business moves towards the goals you set for it. Here’s a rundown of the main steps you’ll need to take to ensure that you properly evaluate your business security.

Do An Annual Evaluation in Chico, CA

Every year, you should take the time to do a total evaluation of your security. Add it to your calendars and set aside a few hours on a specific day. You can always hire an outside firm to perform a security audit, but you can also do it yourself. Look for technology, entry points, hardware and software, camera placement, and more.

Also, in addition to an annual evaluation, be sure to conduct a security review if certain things occur including:

You move your business location

Your business expands significantly

You have hired or fired a large number of employees over a period of a few months

You experience a security breach, break-in, or other similar issues

Your business dynamics have changed in a major way

These regular evaluations will ensure that you are always able to spot issues and address them quickly before your business is compromised.

Train Employees in Chico, CA

You need to ensure that your employees are fully trained on variables that will help you keep your business safe. In particular, you’ll want to make sure that they create strong passwords and that they avoid suspicious emails, attachments, and online activity. Additionally, ensure that they are trained on how to maintain passwords and electronic data and that they have a clear process for locking up the building when they leave.

Have a Plan For Exiting Employees

When an employee leaves, you need to have a clear plan in place to ensure that they can’t access your building or any online data. They should return keys, passcodes, and so on. You should also change access codes and inform other employees that the employee is no longer part of the team. Even if the employee leaves on good terms, it’s still important to maximize your safety and security.

Get Help

When in doubt, don’t hesitate to talk to a security expert to let them review your business and its security systems. This way you’ll get a third party who is experienced in security and let their informed opinion help give you confidence and peace of mind. It’s not hard to evaluate your business security, but it’s something that you absolutely must do.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators