Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and camaraderie that can encompass a single meal, an extended weekend, or an even longer time. For businesses, it typically includes the big day itself, and the infamous Black Friday follow-up on its way to a four-day weekend tally. Whatever the case may be for your company – if you plan to close your doors for any stretch of time, it is critical that you keep your security measures up and running.

A professionally installed security system can help you keep an eye on the store, so to speak, while your team is vying for the wishbone.

Here are 3 security tips to consider before heading home for the holidays this week:

  1. Make sure you lock up before you leave: This should go without saying, but accidents happen, and people are forgetful – particularly when the holidays are in full swing. Today’s security measures are often controlled by an intuitive user interface that allows business owners to arm or disarm alarm systems on a whim from anywhere they happen to be, whether watching the parade or the big game or reaching for that second slice of pie. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can also grant user permissions from across town, or grant access with just one swipe of your smartphone. If you are currently operating without such an interface, it may be time to call your security vendor and discuss an upgrade.
  2. Enjoy a live broadcast: Be sure to test all surveillance systems before closing up shop. Ask your security provider if your CCTV solutions are up to speed. While family and friends are watching the Garfield balloon float down 34th street, integrated surveillance will allow you to take a glance at your laptop or tablet and see everything that is going on at every one of your locations. Continuous monitoring makes certain that if any alarms are triggered or breaches are otherwise detected that the proper authorities are immediately notified. (Note: Provide your security vendor with an updated list of emergency contacts. This ensures they can reach authorized personnel if and when they are needed.)
  3. Plan for powerful savings: Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast with a side of peace of mind. Smart thermostat systems allow you to create custom schedules during the holidays. Automated thermostats can help you save money by accessing real-time local weather conditions and adjusting the temperature accordingly, or simply shutting off when no one is on-premises. They can also integrate seamlessly with an automated lighting grid. Program your lights for certain times of the day and create the illusion that the office is populated to discourage potential intruders.

Professionally installed security solutions pave the way for a safer and more secure way of doing business while allowing your team to take critical time off to recharge, recalibrate, and celebrate. Call a Secom specialist today at 240-374-1475 and ask about a free quote.