When it comes to the security of our homes and/or businesses one thing remains true in all instances. When all is said in done, the protection of life far exceeds the need for protection of property though both need to be considered when creating the plan that will protect and secure them both. For this reason, any security plans that are made for home or business need to secure life first and foremost but not relegate property (and information) to the role of afterthought.
The best suggestion anyone can give when it comes to securing your home or business is to meet with an expert in the field of security and create a plan that works for your unique situation. Homes are different sizes, shapes, and have different logistical issues from one home to another. The same fact holds true for businesses. No two businesses or homes are exactly alike. This means that each will have its very own individual security needs and challenges. You should also keep in mind that the same security measures that are in place in your business are not always adequate or practical in order to secure your home.
Meet with a professional, discuss your specific needs and concerns, and allow him or her to suggest a plan of action that will cover your security needs. No security measures, no matter how great or small, will work properly without a plan that draws them all together. You will need a separate plan for your home and business security and there are some things that may need to be done in order to secure them both that are unexpected though quite practical once explained.
The act of hiring a professional to help you establish a security plan for your home or business will instill faith in the process. Point out flaws in your current security features, introduce dangers and risks that you may not currently be aware of, and help you understand the process much more clearly than if you were to try to go it alone and make the security decisions for yourself. A professional will also point out that in most instances proper security takes the efforts of more than one action working together.
If you have only a security camera pointing at the doors (which generally only helps after the fact for identification unless it is monitored), this is something that can be easily bypassed. Motion detection lights are great in theory but still leave holes that a patient prowler could find quite easily. Have them work together along with monitored surveillance, an alarm sensor on every window and door, as well as panic buttons located throughout the house or business (in the event that there are family members or workers present) and you have a much better chance to deter potential security breeches.
Another thing that is particularly applicable to businesses is the fact that giving employees each a unique security code can work to prevent inside jobs when it comes to theft or deliberate harm. Many business security issues are found to be inside jobs rather than the acts of those who know nothing about the business. Many larger companies have adopted key cards in order to accomplish this though many smaller companies hand out the code to the alarm without considering the possible implications of doing so.
Do not overlook the importance of fire safety, storm safety, first aid, escape routes, and pathways into the home or office building for emergency personnel. Many people perish around the country each year because emergency service providers cannot find a pathway into the home or business to save those that are trapped inside quickly enough. Keep these things in mind when establishing your security plan and take great care that you aren't trapping family or business associates inside.
There are many methods in which your home and/ or business can be secured from all manner of dangers, disruptions, and ill will. You must have a plan designed to bring them together in order to achieve the most positive, pro-active, and long lasting results from your security efforts.