This post was originally published on April 18, 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
All businesses need effective security solutions. However, the level of security required depends on the size and number of locations a business has.
Below, we explain the differences between securing a single-site business versus a multi-site business.
How to Secure a Single-Site Business
With single-site businesses, owners are responsible for one location and one staff. Therefore, security is more straightforward than it would be for a multi-site business.
Security systems for single-site businesses typically include:
- Access control systems that give staff convenient access to their workplace, while protecting your business from unauthorized access and theft.
- Energy management to help you save on utility costs.
- Environmental hazard monitoring to warn of pipe bursts or flooding.
- Mobile solutions that allow you to manage your security system from your computer, smartphone or tablet.
- Monitored burglar, fire and carbon monoxide alarms that save you critical time in an emergency.
- Video surveillance with remote capabilities that allow you to check in on your business when you’re away.
How to Secure a Multi-site Business
Multi-site businesses need to operate as one cohesive unit, rather than separate entities. However, it can be challenging to manage multiple properties, oversee employees amongst each location and maintain a consistent standard of safety across sites. For these reasons, multi-site businesses need a more comprehensive security plan than single sites.
While some of the single-site security measures are also appropriate for multi-site businesses, they’re used differently. A multi-site business security system should include the following solutions:
- Access control is a multi-site security standard and should be implemented across offices. Keyless entry systems with swipe readers and access cards record authorized entry throughout sites.
- Alarm management that allows day-to-day monitoring and management of your company’s security system.
- Energy management makes it easier to conserve energy and save money by controlling lights, thermostats and smart locks across all locations.
- Environmental monitoring provides multi-site business owners with alerts and reports for a range of critical events including temperature and refrigeration issues, water leaks and equipment failure.
- IP video surveillance allows organizations to monitor multiple facilities by streaming video online. The ability to access video feeds and alerts for all locations is essential for your organization to identify risks and implement solutions in real time. Most importantly, these services enable business owners to maintain central monitoring of all sites.
- Compliance and permit programs are essential for multi-site businesses to keep up with ever-changing jurisdictional and permitting requirements, especially those with locations spread across multiple municipalities. Partner with a trusted security vendor with compliance experts that can monitor permit requirements, installation and monitoring licensing, alarm registration and restrictive response laws, as well as other issues that impact national organizations with sites in multiple states or provinces and jurisdictions.
- Managed Network Services that provide managed broadband infrastructure and network monitoring services from a single point of contact.
- Mobile solutions to help manage your security system and fire alarm solutions across all sites directly from your computer, tablet or mobile device.
- Monitored intrusion and fire alarms designed and installed to maximize protection, while meeting local jurisdiction requirements of each site.
- Wireless communication solutions for those hard-to-reach and less-frequented areas of your business such as receiving doors, fire exits and outdoor cameras. Wireless technology allows faster installation times, no complicated wire runs and simple device addition for renovation and expansion projects.
Single and multi-site businesses may have different needs, but security is still a priority. Contact a trusted security expert for a customized solution that is tailored to your organization’s needs.