Friday, April 26, 2019

3 Ways Video Surveillance Systems Help Reduce Employee related Costs

Most businesses evaluate their need for security systems based on threats and security points from outside the facility, or based on the number and type of non-employee based people coming through the facility on a daily basis. While these are both valid concerns, one point that many employers fail to take into consideration when evaluating security systems is employee related costs. Here are 3 ways better security systems help reduce employee related costs.

     Fewer workers’ compensation suits

A common cause of workers’ compensation lawsuits stem from workplace injury. Without video evidence, many of these cases become long, drawn out, expensive lawsuits based on a battery of testimony from fellow employees, facility managers, etc. as the lawyers and court determine who is actually at fault in each scenario.

With good video surveillance systems in key areas of your facility, you can protect your business by having video history of what actually happened. Additionally, since your employees know that you have video surveillance systems set up, they are less likely to file frivolous lawsuits that consume your resources.

 Improved Productivity

Employees that are monitored tend to improve their performance. Monitoring can happen in the form of manual supervision by their managers; it can also be in the form of video surveillance. Video surveillance allows you to monitor attendance, timeliness, speed and quality of performance, as well as use for training new employees. 

Your managers can spot check performance at their discretion, and also review specific events if a conflict or disagreement regarding performance arises. It also assists the employees, because if their performance is good, it catches them “doing something right”.   

 Less Employee Theft

Unfortunately, employee theft is an issue that many companies have to deal with.  Whether it’s office supplies or actual product, employee theft is a concern for most organizations. The benefit of having video surveillance is that you can monitor areas that are high risk for employee theft, making it more difficult for employees to steal, and easier to prosecute in the case an employee does steal. 

Since the employees will know that you have a video surveillance system in place, this is a strong deterrent to employee theft as well. All of these pieces serve to reduce employee theft from your business.

What’s My First Step?

If you’re curious about installing a video security system, evaluating your current system or installing an upgrade, your first step is to get a security audit. An audit will evaluate both your needs and current solutions.  Please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707 for your free security audit today.

Monday, April 08, 2019

How Does My Business Benefit From a Security System?

Every business owner wants to protect your investments against any type of loss or risk, inside or outside your company. One of the most important physical investments you can have as a business is a physical security system. It provides significant benefits in a multitude of areas for both you and your employees.

Lower Inventory Theft & Workers Compensation Cases

Having a video surveillance system installed at key points in your building can consistently monitor your inventory. Video surveillance systems are a great theft deterrent; simply knowing that they are on camera is enough for employees to boost their performance and minimize any stealing or negative issues.

Boost Productivity:

For many employees, knowing they are being watched is enough motivation to be on their best behavior, which generally results in a rise in productivity.  Since supervisors and managers can always go back and review footage if necessary, it provides great motivation for employees to stay on their best behavior.

Prevent Unauthorized Entry:

If you’re a company with many customers, vendors, or other personnel frequently in and out of different areas, you can benefit from a solid security system.  Simply having a system in place that automatically monitors all sensitive areas, and a process for making sure people are only allowed in their specific areas can help cut down on theft, workers compensation and lost time from security employees having to enforcement restricted access.

Protect the Reputation of Your Business

Keeping your business safe from unwanted lawsuits, accusations and other potential risks that could ruin your company’s reputation are of paramount importance. Having a security system in place can help deter many of these potential pitfalls through video proof of the actual events. Slip and fall incidents, employee theft or injury, unauthorized entry and other issues can be avoided with a good security system.

Reduction in Insurance Premium

Some insurance companies will give you a reduction in your business insurance premium if they know that you have a security system in place. The reason behind this reduction is that it lowers their risk. It decreases their risk and your out of pocket expenditures as well.

What’s My First Step?

Your best first step is to set up a complimentary security audit. A security audit will go evaluate your needs as a company. From there recommendations can be made for the best solution for you. To receive a free security audit, please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Is Access Control Better than Lock and Key for Your Business?

In this age of increasing digital usage, a question many businesses have to answer is whether to keep the keys or switch to keycards. While cost can be part of the decision, the real debate lies in the question of whether access control is better for your business than good old fashioned locks and keys.

If you’re not familiar with access control, it is used primarily to restrict entry to a building and/or access to certain areas within the building.  It has become a very common for large companies to utilize access control protocols via keycards, but many small and medium size businesses are unsure about whether access control is worth it for them.

Are there benefits to upgrading to an access system from traditional keys?

The short answer is- it depends.
Influencing factors including
size of business, inventory on hand, number of employees, amount of sensitive information kept at the business are all things to consider when deciding what method of security system works best.

The Benefit of Using Access Control

One large difference between access control and keys comes to light in a crisis: What happens when an employee loses a key or keycard?

Changing the locks and issuing new keys is a huge hassle.

Some businesses are willing to run the risk of not replacing locks, but many businesses have valuable equipment, sensitive documents and expensive merchandise at their office.  They can’t take the risk of the lost key being found by someone who attempts to enter the premises.

With a keycard, you just deactivate the keycard. If employee leaves and refuses to give card back, all that’s lost is several dollars for the keycard.

Your business avoids a huge liability of having unaccounted for keys out in the public.

Why would I want to restrict access?

Many businesses have various levels of clearance within a facility.

Personalized keycards give personalized access to maintain security and efficiency. For example, HR employees access to employee file rooms, IT staff receives access to server rooms, and facilities staff access to electrical equipment and supplies.

Having dozens of keys floating around for these different areas brings to mind the old fashioned ring of keys, which is unwieldy and can be quite risky.

Keycards can also track who goes where. With traditional keys, there is no record of who has accessed what areas and when.  Contradictory to the idea of the company “watching” all of their employees all the time, access control simply gives a record in the event of an issue.

Does my business need access control?

If you’re a business with lots of employees, or a large number of customers or non-employees coming and going on a daily business, keycards are a great way to control access to secure areas of your building. If you’re a small business with a couple employees who know each other, keys may be enough.

How to Determine what type of security system is best for my business?

The best way to start is with a free security audit with a qualified security system company. An expert can walk through your business and identify areas that require security, and can recommend the type of surveillance or security system best for you.

To schedule a free security audit, please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707.

Friday, February 01, 2019

3 Commercial Security Camera Best Practices

As security cameras have increased in technological capabilities, the number of potential threats to them has risen as well. Systems from cloud-based surveillance systems, traditional systems connected to the internet, and traditional systems attached to a local network are all vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Here are 3 best practices for commercial security camera systems connected to the internet.

1.  Security Camera Cyber Vulnerability

Companies are requiring more remote access, control, and integration, as well as cloud-based systems due to perceived lower costs from cloud storage.  All of these trends require internet access, and thus are more vulnerable to cyber attacks then traditional closed circuit camera systems.

It’s critical that your security systems get the same level of attention, protection and security as traditional IT systems. Hackers concentrate on finding systems that are vulnerable or with poor security, which make easy targets for cyber attacks and encryption viruses.
Your internal support staff should also stay up-to-date on cyber security trends and solutions for security systems in addition their IT infrastructure.

2.  Passwords for Cameras, Systems and Networks

One of the easiest places for hackers or a cyberattack to occur is through passwords. Here were the top 10 passwords of 2018:


While it’s understandable to create a password that’s easy to remember, also note that the easier the password, the more vulnerable your system is. There are programs that run password hacking software to find your password, and simple passwords are easy to crack.

Creating passwords that contain upper and lower case, special symbols and numbers is a simple and powerful way to protect your systems. Also, establishing policies and procedures for changing passwords. For example, the root admin password should be changed every time an employee with password access leaves the organization or changes roles.

3. Operating System Vulnerabilities

One of the other issues that create vulnerabilities for security cameras and cloud-based security systems overall is staying up to date with operating system patches and updates.  Your best practice is to make sure the computers used to with security cameras and security systems have regular servicing by the IT staff, and schedules in place for patching, modifications, upgrades and security protocols.

If you’re looking for more information on commercial security cameras, or interested in a complimentary consultation with Quinlan Security Systems, please contact us at 708-478-0707.

Friday, December 21, 2018

4 Security Systems Questions Most Business Owners Would Never Think Of

With the New Year approaching, now is the time that many companies start to evaluate new projects as well as where capital outlay is needed or desired. Security systems are one of the areas that many companies regard as a “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mentality.

However, most business owners aren’t aware of how incremental and continual improvements in your commercial security system usually end up costing less over time, and have a higher employee safety factor. That does not include the rise in efficiency when it comes to your security staff, reduction of time needed for training, and an increase in the overall security of your company and building.

Here are four questions that most businesses won’t even think to ask themselves when evaluating their security needs:

       1.   How much is a good employee worth to me?

Most employers do not connect their security systems with the worth or productivity of their employees. However, many industrial buildings are in areas that have higher crime threats, or are more of a target to potential criminals. Employees are often more affected by these risks than an employer, simply because they are the ones on the front lines of an attack.

They also have the continual distraction of looking over their shoulder at odd noises, unfamiliar people or potential threats during evening or night shifts, or in industrial or urban areas. It’s not just job safety, it’s personal safety that becomes affected. An employee that needs to be on the lookout for potential threats is more anxious, less productive, and more likely to take personal time, because of the additional strain of monitoring for potential issues.

A strong security system allows an employee to focus more on their work, less on distractions or potential issues. Less anxiety and a higher feeling of safety results in fewer vacation days, fewer employees being late, and fewer sick days. And there’s a good case for lower employee turnover as well. These savings alone will probably cover any additional costs associated with improving your security system.

A prospective employee that sees a strong security system and an employer that is willing to invest in their employees’ safety through security systems is also more likely to accept a desired position              .
      2.  How much money will I save by deterring 1-2 major workman’s compensation suits per year?

While you may do everything possible to maintain employee safety, the truth is that accidents can and will happen, especially in a business with a large amount of physical labor. In this issue, your best offense is a good defense.

In terms of security that means stronger access control monitoring, higher quality cameras with fewer blind spots and better integration of systems. These measures deter a lot of false or questionable cases that eat up valuable time, resources and money. They can also provide valuable evidence in an actual case.

      3.   How much money will I save on my commercial insurance premiums or deductible with a stronger security system?

When was the last time you looked into updating your business insurance? One of the underwriting aspects of business is the strength and quality of your security system. You can actually reduce your premium or deductible with a better security system. Staying up to date and continuously improving your security system can also reduce claims made to your insurance, keeping premiums low and reducing capital expenditure.

      4.  How do these savings make my business more profitable?

At the end of the day, while we want to provide the best systems and resources possible to and for ourselves and employees, there’s always a piece of the conversation that has to come back to the bottom line: how does this affect my profit?

None of the measures above improve your incoming revenue. Some people would be quick to write
these measures off because since they don’t bring in more revenue, how can they make you more money?

Which brings me to a favorite phrase about top and bottom line revenue: “Top line is vanity, bottom line is sanity.” It’s not just about bringing revenue in, but keeping more of the money you’re making. This area is where small changes and continual investment in your security system can result in reducing your expenses throughout the year, which overall lead to higher profitability for your company.

Also, if you’re looking to reduce your taxes for the year, a capital expenditure like a security system is an excellent tax deduction. For a free quote or consultation, please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Where do You Start When Discussing a New Commercial Security System?

Evaluating a new or updated commercial security system can be very confusing because of all the options available. Speaking with different potential vendors can cause even more issues because of the variety in solutions that they offer. Internal discussions with top level staff can create more stress because everyone has a different perspective.

If you’re wondering how to evaluate your needs and the solutions, here are a couple simple steps you can take to determine your needs and priorities. Arming yourself with this information prior to discussions with outside vendors will make your decision process easier and outline the criteria for a successful security system.

1. What are my priorities?

We know that deterring crime, keeping workers compensation cases to a minimum, top quality security and peace of mind that it’s being handled are top of mind when making security decisions.  Beyond that, are there certain pieces of your system you want to have remote monitoring, better video surveillance, more flexibility with certain points of entry?

Now’s the time to start with a wish list of what you want in a new or updated security system. You can also start by noting the top problem areas or issues where you receive the most complaints.

2.  Do an evaluation of your current security system.

List out the good things that are covered in your current security system. Next, list out problem areas whether the technology, coverage or quality is falling short. Also, what’s the ease of use and training time required for new employees? These answers, paired with your wish list, are your starting point when talking to security systems. These requirements will help vendors list out the equipment and service that you would need.

      3.  Are there are upcoming changes, moves, additions to staff, equipment or anything else that’s going to change my requirements?

Since most companies grow and change over time, even if something is in the works for 1-2 years out, it should be considered in the security requirements for your system. Many security systems can be used for 3-5 years and more, considering the level of technology required for your system and how criminals or disgruntled employees will respond to those changes.

     4.  What’s your budget?

While we would all love to have the Cadillac of security systems, that always comes with a price tag. Discussing budget before, during and after initial discussions with potential security companies helps to set realistic expectations of what can be procured for your company.

Setting these expectations is important for both internal personnel (especially decision makers with no knowledge of security costs) as well as your potential vendors. Your vendors can then put together options that they know will work for your based within your price range.

If you’re still struggling with your requirements for a commercial security system, please reach out to us at 708-478-0707. We would be happy to set up a free assessment for you to determine what you need and a proposed solution.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your Security System

If it’s been more than 3-5 years since you’ve had your security system evaluated, now may be the time to re-engage. Changes in technology, less reliance on landlines and the ability to integrate multiple systems can mean a significant increase in efficiency, mobile management and improved access control.

Many companies decide to upgrade their security system as a result of one of these issues:

  •             Old Technology
  •        Insufficient Systems
  •        Bad Design
  •        Lack of Service from Current Vendor
  •        Move into New Building
  •        Disgruntled Employee
  •        Getting Rid of Landline

Many older security systems do not communicate well with each other, and attempts to integrate them have been limited based on the technology level. The question really becomes whether it’s more efficient to add onto the current system or replace it completely. 

Better Monitoring Capabilities

Old security cameras can have blind spots, or frequent glitches that significantly lessen their effectiveness and leave you vulnerable to criminal activity. Installing new cameras in optimal locations increase your monitoring capabilities, decrease blind spots and increase your overall security.

Increased Control and Convenience

Improved card readers and access control systems allow you to monitor your security systems more   Monitoring and controlling these security aspects makes it easier to remotely manage your systems, which is a win for both you and your employees.
effectively both onsite and offsite. Being able to unlock and re-lock doors through a mobile security app allows improved security overall.

Save Time and Money Overall

Sometimes old systems can be effectively integrated with new cameras or other updated security features. The real question with these integrated systems is whether it is worth the money to integrate with a newer system instead of completely replacing the old system. The other question is whether this mixed system will deliver optimal quality once installed. We can give you the option that makes 
the most sense for you based on what you already have.

Another advantage of more recent technology is that it can be easier to use, reducing employee time and resources spent on training. Also, maintaining the most up to date security systems can also potentially reduce your insurance premiums or deductibles.

Deter Criminal Activity

The most important benefit of updating your security system is deterrent of criminal activity. Criminals look for outdated security systems with blind spots when choosing their target. Having more advanced technology systems stands out to criminals and can deter them from attacking your business.

If you have outdated security systems or questions about updating your security system, please contact Quinlan Security Systems for no-cost, complimentary assessment of your current system.  We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.