Does your business need a security system?
Many business professionals seem to think that security systems are important if you're in a competitive industry with lots of technology or trade secrets. Industrial espionage is a glamorous risk and people are willing to pay money just to say they're avoiding it. It makes them feel like someone wants what they have, like what they're doing is important – maybe even enviable…
A colleague I met at a conference on business planning told me recently why he got the security system for his office. He was making pretty good money on some fairly mundane products: tomato stakes (you know, those sticks people tie their tomato plants to as the grow) and a few other garden items. The office has hit some sales targets and to celebrate he went out and bought some new stuff for the office – a few leather office chairs, a new copier, a couple of laptops.
Two days later his office was vandalized by some teenage boys. They ruined the copier, slashed the leather chairs upon, and took the laptops home. The police caught them, but most of the stuff was ruined.
Vandalism isn't as sexy as industrial espionage, but a good security system can still help prevent it.