Planning next year’s budget is hard work, right? Especially if your business is just starting out, and you’re looking for ways to protect it. So you may ask yourself, what are the best areas to invest money in?
I would say that security should be at the top of your list.
No, this is not an expense. When last did you review your security setup? Is it saving you or costing you money? The correct security features save you money in the long term. And an access control system is one of the best ways to ensure this.
That calls for a large investment, right? Here’s why it’s worth it.
You can Prevent Fraud
Do your employees rob you? If your answer is no you’re probably naïve. 75% of employees steal from employers, even if it’s only once. Do you want to be at their mercy? They can cause damage, take resources or steal your merchandise.
But they do it when they know they won’t get caught. It’s easy to blame someone else or an outside party.
But when you know which employees entered which areas you know who to question about a theft in that zone.
In a limited pool of suspects, it’s harder to point the finger at someone else. Employees realize when they can get caught easily and will probably refrain from doing anything.
In either scenario, your business benefits.
You can Protect Your Assets
Access control systems at your help keep criminals away from your buildings by keeping them off your premises. Secondly, your assets inside the buildings can have limited access.
With fewer people gaining access to assets, money, merchandise, and equipment there’s less chance of damage or burglaries. Add cameras to your system and you’ll chase away criminals. They don’t want to be caught on video footage.
You’ll lose fewer items, pay fewer insurance claims and repair fewer damaged access points
You can Save on Utility Costs
Do you know of all the features that can be integrated into an access control system?
One of them is your lighting grid.
When lights in a room only go on when access is granted you’ll pay much less on electricity bills. And when everyone exits lights will go off instead of being left on all day or night.
You’ll Have Accurate Employee Records
Why are employee records relevant to saving and security?
Because one of your biggest expenses is salaries. If you’re paying people by the hour, you’ve probably wondered if they really work the hours reflected on their time sheets. Did they calculate correctly? Were they even on the premises for the whole time?
Now there’s a way to make sure you only pay for work delivered.
An access control system can be integrated with your payroll system. All data concerning when someone entered and exited the premises is sent straight to your payroll office. Calculations are done based on accurate data and if there are discrepancies or complaints you have digital data to back you up.
Firstly you won’t pay for work never done. Secondly, employees will be more disposed to arrive on time since it determines their wages.
You will Pay Less for Insurance
This is obvious. The moment you upgrade any part of your security system your insurance provider will adjust your premium.
What you save in insurance will start paying off the installation costs.
And you thought it’s only about safety. An access control system is much more a business tool than a security feature. Because they can be customized to specific needs you don’t have to pay for features you know you’ll never use. But consider all the features before you limit your system. What if one additional function prevents future disaster?