Unfortunately, the crime rate in the beautiful city of San Diego, CA, is rising. Police reported an increase in nearly every category of major crime in 2021, with an increase of about 13% from the year before. Despite the rise in crime, did you know that the biggest threat to businesses doesn’t come from outside sources?
Surprisingly, it’s internal theft that causes the most damage. In fact, one study found that 90% of all significant business theft comes from employees.
The good news is that today’s smart office security systems help prevent both types of theft, as well as vandalism and intrusion. Let's look at what these systems offer and what they can do for your San Diego business.
There are many components to a comprehensive commercial security system. At Matrix Audio Visual Designs, we’ve been integrating scalable technology solutions since 1991. We understand the unique needs of every environment and the best solutions for every budget. Let’s explore some of the options.
Just the presence of a camera can deter potential vandals, thieves, and intruders. In fact, one study showed that technology-based monitoring reduced restaurant employee theft by about 22%. Just as important, it also increased check revenue by 7% and drink revenue by 10.5%. The conclusion was that not only do employees steal less when under surveillance, but they also work harder.
Today’s security cameras offer a crystal-clear resolution, even at night, and provide proactive measures to prevent crime before it occurs. Should someone with ill-intent attempt to gain entry, the system immediately alerts you or your security, enabling you to pull up a live video feed on your smartphone or laptop from anywhere. You'll see if it's someone breaking in or simply an employee who forgot their keycard.
These systems also offer two-way communication, allowing you to speak to the person at the other end of the camera.
When integrated with an access control system, your system takes immediate action in the event of an emergency. For example, the whole facility can go into lockdown should an attempted break-in occur, protecting staff and assets.
An access control system also sends customized reports, letting you know when your employees arrive and leave for the day. If you notice one of your administrators has stayed late a few nights, you can take a look at the recorded video to determine their intention. If it's someone working late, it may be time for a raise. If it's someone staying after work hours for another reason, it may be time for an investigation.
These systems can also integrate with your lights, audio, and alarms, offering extensive protection. Environmental monitors can detect water, rising humidity, or smoke, sending an alert that allows for quick action and minimizes losses.
At Matrix Audio Visual Designs, we provide the latest security solutions for any environment as well as high-performance audio, video, and automation. To learn more about today’s security systems or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Matrix Audio Visual Designs today.