Every business has physical and intellectual property. Often, we spend a lot of time and money protecting our intellectual property that we forget we need to be equally vigilant when it comes to our physical property. Imagine if someone stole all the laptops or hazardous material from our offices or warehouses – what would it cost you to replace them all?
In these scenarios, just installing CCTV is not enough. You need to be able to prevent break-ins and thefts from ever happening, or quickly put a stop to them while they are in progress.
This is where a perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) comes in. It is a device or sensor that detects the presence of an intruder attempting to breach the physical perimeter of a property, building, or any other secured area.
A PIDS enhances your current security setup and gives you extra protection as it can alert you to a potential threat so that you can immediately use your CCTV system to pinpoint the exact location of the attacker on your property – all without needing you to employ a person to keep watch of activity on CCTV monitors.
If you are wondering whether it is necessary for your business to install such a high-tech security system, here are 5 reasons why you should consider it:
1. You have a large property or site
One of a PIDS advantages is it can warn you early when there is any movement or suspicious activity anywhere on your perimeter. With CCTV, you face the probability of human error or oversight (e.g., security guard falling asleep, too many monitors to look at). With theft of precious goods like steel or copper being an ever-present threat to businesses, it helps to be able to quickly detect any unwanted intruders.
2. You have a lot of valuables
If your business or property is known for dealing in high-value items such as sensitive data, pharmaceuticals, or large-scale technology, you could become a target for burglars. Therefore, it is better to invest in better security to protect your valuables.
3. You have already experienced a break-in
The fact that you have already had a break-in means that your current security arrangements are not up to the task, so you should consider PIDS a priority. Although CCTV cannot cover every possible entry point, but it is still advisable to have them to deter the would-be burglars! For more advanced burglars who are smart enough to sneak past the security cameras, a PIDS covers every inch of your perimeter, including the blind spots.
4. Your insurance cover requires additional protection
For high-risk businesses or specific types of properties, you may be required by your insurance company to install a PIDS for added security. As mentioned earlier, CCTV can be very useful, but it cannot do anything to stop a break-in. With a PIDS to support your CCTV, not only will you be able to prevent break-ins, but you may also be able to lower the overall cost of your insurance premiums.
5. Your property is in a remote area
If your property is located away from the city or high foot traffic areas, it faces a higher risk of intrusions, as trespassers know that it is less likely they will be seen, and even if they are, it will take longer for emergency services to arrive after a call. Many burglars also know that CCTV are often not monitored in real-time. By installing a PIDS, you will outright prevent – or at least drastically slow down – the progress of any trespassers, giving you time to alert the authorities.
Now that you know why your business needs a perimeter intrusion detection system, call EKTECH, your trusted security systems provider, for help on installing a PIDS to start protecting your business today.
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