Electronic access control systems are increasingly common among South African businesses. This is unsurprising, considering the crime rate and the need of owners, tenants and employees to feel safe and secure in their workplace. But, you may be wondering, are these systems really beneficial? Do they really act as advertised? The answer is yes, and here are four reasons why.
Increase Control and Monitoring over Who Comes and Goes
The main advantage to access control is that you, as a business owner, and your staff has full control over who comes in and goes out, and when. The staff has the special authorisation that enables them to enter and exit in line with company regulations, while visitors need permission and sign-in procedures to gain access. A good access system, in combination with vigilant staff especially at reception, ensures that only the people you want on your premises are allowed in.
Effective and comprehensive access control turns your premises into a higher-risk prospect from a criminal’s point of view. Provided the system extends to back doors, fire escapes, garage doors, elevators and all other possible points of entry, criminals will find it difficult to gain entry without being detected, and so will look elsewhere. If your system is linked to an armed response service, then your business becomes even less of an attractive proposition for them.
Reduce Internal Theft
As much as you don’t like to think about it, the risk of theft by one of more of your staff members is something you always need to guard against. Electronic access gives you control over who is allowed into which areas of your premises. You can restrict access to valuable stock and equipment. You can then monitor these areas to see if anyone attempts to gain access.
Protect Your Data
While protecting your data online, you should also make sure that the physical heart of your IT system, your data and server rooms, are fully access controlled, so that only authorised staff can enter. In addition, to secure log-in procedures, firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-viruses, you should be able to keep your valuable data doubly protected.
TRSS are specialists in commercial security and armed response. Contact us now to find out how we can keep your business secure.