Blake Fire and Security Systems

Should My Commercial Security System Be Monitored?

Date: 29 November 2018
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With the amount of commercial security systems we are asked to install on a yearly basis, it comes as a shock that any of our commercial customers opt out of ARC monitoring.

Why? Perhaps they feel the big flashing bell box outside their main entrance is enough of a deterrent, or a burglar wouldn't dare test their luck against the screeching alarm that would wake the entire neighbourhood...

Either way, we feel it is essential for business owners to understand the devastating impact that a burglar chancing his luck can have if the company is not properly protected.

What is ARC monitoring and how can it benefit my business?

There are two basic commercial alarm systems you can choose from; one that is monitored and one that is not.

An unmonitored alarm relies on trust and good Samaritans. Two things we know are lacking in a world of the rising crime rates. If your unmonitored alarm is triggered, whether it be a false alarm or a real intrusion, you would have no way of knowing about it unless a passer-by or a nearby shop owner thought to contact you or the authorities.

But how much trust can you put in a stranger when the centre of your world, your business, is being invaded? Wouldn't you want to be the first to know?

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On the other hand, a monitored alarm system is being watched 24/7 by a team of professionals who are ready to leap into action if your alarm is triggered. An ARC monitoring centre can also directly contact the Police so that a unit can be dispatched to your business premises as soon as possible.

The consequences of neglecting a monitored alarm system

So, now you know the importance of ARC monitoring for your existing commercial security system, think about the consequences the alternative could have on your business. Here are a few examples:

Solicitors / Accountants firm:

A solicitors firm, which is legally responsible for the firm's and clients' information, could face a jail sentence and unlimited fine if the stolen goods breach the GDPR.

IT equipment and repair shop:

There may also be data protection issues here and you could end up losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds worth of equipment - some of which may belong to customers!

Newsagents / off-license:

For small family run businesses like corner shops, losing your entire stock of alcohol or having your cash register raided could have a major impact on your earnings for the month.

Larger office or warehouse

Imagine the disruption to your business if essential equipment was stolen.

You may be wondering "But even if I did have a monitored alarm system, a burglar could still break in and steal my stuff anyway?"

They can definitely attempt to do that, yes, but with ARC monitoring the keyholders and authorities can be contacted in an instant. This means the intruder is likely to be caught in the act or in the local area after he has made his escape.

Enquire about your monitored commercial security system now

Your pride and joy, your employees' jobs and your clients' data deserve only the best protection.

Contact Blake's today and ask us a question or request a free security survey for a monitored alarm system to protect your business.

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