What to look for in a commercial alarm system

Searching for an effective and reliable commercial alarm system that will help to keep your business protected from intruders and vandals while you’re not around?

A standard domestic burglar alarm may do the trick for your home, but when it comes to deterring intruders from stepping foot onto a commercial property, you should consider exploring other options.

Fortunately, we’ve installed countless commercial alarms systems across the North West of England, so we know exactly what our clients need when they’re thinking about whether to invest in a new intruder alarm.

Who needs a commercial alarm system?

Anyone that owns a property for commercial purposes (like an office, store, warehouse, or restaurant) should seriously contemplate installing a commercial security system.

For many business owners, these premises are essential for supporting their own livelihood as well as the wellbeing of employees and customers.

However, you can’t always be around to protect your commercial property, and even if you live nearby, this isn’t always enough of a deterrent to prevent intruders from trying to gain access. Cue, commercial alarm systems.

Commercial security systems are ideal for dissuading burglars and vandals from breaking into your business – especially during closing hours when break-ins and burglaries are more likely. Not only are these alarms useful for discouraging the destruction and theft of your property, but they can also scare away intruders if they fail to notice the presence of an alarm prior to breaking in.

In turn, this helps to limit damage and alerts the surrounding neighbourhood, increasing the chances of the intruder(s) being caught and any stolen goods being returned. It’s therefore advisable that every business owner considers protecting their property, business contents, and employees with a commercial alarm system.

How does a commercial alarm system differ from a domestic one?

When it comes to choosing a burglar alarm system for your home, they are often comparable.

However, commercial alarms systems differ to these domestic alarm systems in a number of ways.

To help you understand what you should be looking for when shopping for security solutions for your business, we explore these key differences in more detail below!

Caters to complex security requirements

Unlike a typical residential property, a commercial building is likely to require more substantial security. This is because businesses are typically strategically based in higher-traffic areas with greater crime rates, putting them at greater risk of being broken into and damaged.

As a result, alarm systems that have been specifically designed for commercial properties tend to possess more advanced technology and cover a greater area to provide far-reaching security. These comprehensive systems often feature numerous door and window sensors at the majority of the entry points.

Subject to different threats

As well as being a more extensive system, a commercial alarm system will also have different features to a domestic setup. For example, unless you live in a luxurious home with lots of valuable contents, it’s unlikely that you’ll require a panic button or 24/7 monitoring and surveillance in your own home.

A business, on the other hand, is more likely to seek out these services. A monitoring service can ensure a response team is quickly sent to the property following the alarm being triggered, helping you to prevent further damage and deal with the issue as soon as possible.

While a monitoring service is useful for protecting the property outside of opening hours, a commercial alarm system complete with a panic button can be reassuring for yourself and your staff while the business is open.

These discreet panic buttons are particularly prevalent in high-value businesses that are often the target of violent crime and robberies, such as jewellery stores and banks. They can also be installed under countertops of lower-value businesses (like retail stores and petrol stations) that may not sell luxury goods, but are subject to more frequent break-ins.

Has the ability to be integrated

Owing to the fact that commercial premises typically face a wider range of security threats than domestic properties, commercial security systems are often designed to be integrated with other security components. This includes video surveillance or CCTV cameras and even access control.

For example, if your business has a large car park next to your commercial property, you may decide to install a CCTV system that constantly records these areas to discourage anyone from hanging around and posing a threat. By connecting this constant stream of footage to your alarm system, you could receive a notification if it identifies a lot of activity close to your commercial property.

With these early visual alerts, you can respond to potential intruder or vandal threats much faster than if you were only notified once they gained access to the building. As a result, an integrated commercial alarm system can help you to respond to and prevent break ins before they even happen.

Professional commercial security systems

If you’re eager to protect your property with a commercial alarm system, then feel free to contact the expert alarm installation team at Homefront Electrical. With decades of combined experience, our qualified electricians can tackle a wide range of burglar alarm installation jobs – big and small.

Based in Stockport, we’ve helped countless commercial clients across the North West to protect their assets with a high-quality commercial alarm system. Servicing Cheshire and Greater Manchester, don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more about our commercial security systems.

To speak to a knowledgeable member of our team for your burglar alarm installation, simply give us a call on 0161 989 5671.

Alternatively, we also welcome email enquiries sent to info@homefront-electrical.co.uk as well as any queries submitted using our handy online contact form.

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