Business Security: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Security for Your Business

Protecting a business is essential, but choosing the right security system can be challenging for decision-makers. An effective business security system will monitor the property, deter threats, and lessen the impact of incidents like theft or trespassing.  There are a couple of factors that you should consider before purchasing anything.

Decide what you need.

What are your biggest security concerns? Do you need to protect against theft, vandalism, or both? Once you know what you need to protect, you can start to choose the right security system for your business. First Response Security provides Free Security Audits, a comprehensive assessment of an organization’s security measures, practices, and infrastructure conducted by a Security Advisor at no cost to our clients.

Get a professional installation.

Security systems are complex and should be installed by a professional. Professional-grade installations ensures the system is installed correctly and that it will work properly.

Choose a reputable company.

When choosing a security company, it’s important to do your research. Read online reviews and talk to other businesses in your area to get recommendations. Security companies come and go, so looking for longevity in a sure way to go. A company like First Response Security, has been around for over 35 years and has the reputation (and reviews) to prove it!

Test your system regularly.

When your system is eventually installed, it’s important to test it regularly to make sure it’s working properly. This includes testing the alarm system, the cameras, and the access control system. Companies like First Response Security offer services like video health check and extended maintenance plans that let’s you leave the health of your system up to the professionals so you don’t have to worry about it.


Now that you’ve done all the prep and research, it’s time to start building your system.

Access Control:

Sometimes the best place to start is controlling who can come into your business. Consider using electronic access control systems such as key cards or biometric scanners for enhanced security.

Implement a visitor management system to track and monitor visitors entering and leaving the premises.

Surveillance Cameras:

Strategically place surveillance cameras both indoors and outdoors to monitor key areas.

Opt for high-resolution cameras with night vision capabilities for clear footage in all lighting conditions. Consider integrating motion sensors with cameras to trigger recording when motion is detected. First Response Security offers products like the Motion Viewer, combining video and motion detection. If the sensor is set off, a 10 second video will be sent right to your phone to instantly view what is going on!

Intrusion Detection:

Install motion sensors and glass break detectors to detect unauthorized entry attempts.

Use door and window sensors to monitor if they are opened or tampered with. Integrate these sensors with an alarm system to alert you of any breaches in real-time. A lot of security companies offer bundles where you can get sensors added on to your system for no extra cost. An example of this is First Response Security’s introductory business bundle where you can get a Pro Series system with 2 door sensors at no extra cost!

Alarm System:

Invest in a reliable alarm system that can alert you and authorities in case of security breaches. Consider outsourcing monitoring services to a professional security company that can monitor your security system 24/7. The best monitoring centers are ones that belong to local companies near your business, not national companies that are serving over 5 states at once. First Response Security is local to the Portland Metro area and has their monitoring stations right in the heart of Beaverton. Their dispatchers know and live in the areas they cover, meaning better and fast response times for you


By following these steps and customizing them to your specific needs and circumstances, you can build a robust security system that provides comprehensive protection for your property, assets, and personnel.