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Let’s discuss how to set up a DIY security system at a business location. Because if you are running a home-based business, or you have a separate office facility, keeping everything secured is important. Fortunately, thanks to many technical advancements over the last several years, it is easier and more affordable than ever to set up an effective security system. Read on to learn more about how you can keep your small business safe.

Install Security Cameras

Defender 4K Security System
You can depender on Defender

Perhaps the easiest and most effective thing you can do to improve security for your business is to set up a good security camera system. Modern security cameras cost a fraction of what they used to, and they have more great features than most people could imagine. There are many different models out there that can provide you with the visibility you need. Check our SMB Video Surveillance Buying Guide for a rundown of important terms and considerations.

For an entry level system, you can get WiFi enabled security cameras that you can place anywhere (inside or outside) that you want to be able to monitor. The most affordable options will just allow you to access their video stream from your phone or other device so you can keep an eye on things remotely. Most models, however, will also have the ability to record video so you can go back and review it later. This is great for monitoring for theft, employee misconduct, and other related things.

Depending on how many cameras you need and what features you require, you can set up an incredible video surveillance system for just a few hundred dollars. This will provide you with 24/7 monitoring, including night vision, and that will not only give you visibility but also serve as a deterrent to potential thieves and others.

Strong Locks for Your Doors

August Smart Lock
Pop it and smart lock it

When you are closed or out of the office, you want to make sure that your doors are securely locked. Adding a deadbolt lock will make it significantly more difficult for intruders to get in. While a traditional deadbolt system will certainly be effective, you can get some great features by upgrading to a smart-lock deadbolt.

Smart locks are able to automatically lock and unlock a door using a variety of different methods. For example, you can connect your phone (and the phone of anyone else in the office) to automatically send a signal to the lock to unlock it as you approach. You can even remotely connect to the lock to make sure it is engaged in case you forgot when you left for the day.

Some smart locks even have a built- in fingerprint sensor. Combine locks with a smart doorbell with a built-in camera. These can alert you when someone is at your door, or with some models, unlock the door using facial recognition. Overall, these high-tech locks are a great way to improve the security of your home.

Window Sensor Systems

Wireless window alarm
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Even if your doors are secured, it is possible for someone to try to enter your business through the windows. You can add sensors to your windows that will set off an audible alarm and even send you a notification anytime a window is opened or broken. If an intruder is trying to get in and they hear the alarm, this alone will be enough to send them on their way in most cases.

Even if nobody is currently trying to break into your business, having window sensor systems installed will help to let you know if a window is left open. This can help to ensure that you always remember to close everything up at the end of the day so that your business is protected while you are not there.

Lighting Up Your Business

Hubbell Flood Light
Flood is thicker than water

One of the best ways to deter unwanted activity at night for your business is to make sure the property is well lit. Installing some type of flood light or spot lights that will make sure that it is easy to see is a great way to keep everything safe. Whether you choose to install lights that will be on all night, or lights that are hooked to a motion sensor, this is a great investment into your small business security strategy.

One of the best things about modern security lighting systems is that they cost so little to run. In the past, leaving lots of bright lights on all night was going to be cost prohibitive. Today, however, thanks to LED technology you can run a full lighting system for just pennies. In addition, the lights themselves can last for decades without having to be replaced, making this one of the most cost-effective security options out there.

Learn more: How to Make a Smart Home: 5 Budget-Friendly Projects for Beginners

Understanding and Addressing Threats to Your Business

Whenever working on setting up a DIY security system for your small business, you need to really think through what types of threats may exist. Every business is unique and will need a different setup to keep it safe. If, for example, your business has a lot of valuable items that could be stolen, then being able to keep people out using strong locks and doors is a great option.

If you are more worried about employee theft or other related issues, then security cameras can be the most effective deterrent. Taking the time to understand what type of protections your business will need is doing to help you to decide where to invest your security budget. When done properly, a good security system will give you protection and peace of mind now and long into the future. Plan your system out and see just how affordable it can be.

Michael Levanduski

Author Michael Levanduski

Michael Levanduski is a writer with over 20 years of experience working in the IT industry. He regularly writes for a variety of different publications, providing content on a wide range of different topics, including multiple different niches within the tech field. He lives in West Michigan with his family where he enjoys camping, hiking, and of course, writing.

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