One of the first steps a small business looks toward in protecting their business is a security system. It seems straight forward – control the locks, motion sensors, video surveillance and you’re set. Add in the feature of interactive security allowing you to monitor and control the system from anywhere, and you’re secure. Unfortunately, much like most computer problems are “operator error”, the human element enters into the equation and business owners need to look at doing a security self-audit. Listed below are a basic set of questions that business owners and managers should consider to ensure greater integrity in providing a safe workplace.

–          Is there a security policy?

–          What happens in the event of a security threat?

–          Who has the ability to access and monitor the security system?

–          What are the security processes and procedures for employees on a daily basis?

–          Does the security policy meet both the needs of protecting the business and assets and provide a safe workplace?

–          Does the security policy meet the culture of the business?

–          Have employees received training on the security policy, procedures and their role as part of the security system?

–          Is access restricted, monitored, open or mixed?

–          Is the parking lot well lit and is video surveillance required?

–          Do visitors need to register?

–          If you are a retail business, what points represent visibility issues for staff and/or cameras? Do registers and service counters need monitoring?

–          What doors are open during business hours and which remain locked?

–          Are employees easily identifiable?

–          Is the Access Control technology adequate?

–          What are the access points to the office/building? Who should be able to enter through them and how visible are these during and after business hours?

–          What are the emergency procedures – both in the case of emergency weather and security threat?

–          Who is responsible for providing leadership, where are routes to safe zones, who ensures the routes are clear and that no delay is caused in safe exit if needed?

There are other questions that can be asked as part of a small business security self-audit. Your security consultant from Hyperion can help you with these questions and how they pertain to your business situation.