6 Types of Business Security Systems (Which Is Right for You?)

A profitable business is a business that keeps losses down to a minimum. To keep losses to a minimum, you need to implement various security systems into your business.

There are more ways to secure your business than just setting up a basic alarm system with a siren. We’re going to be going through all the different types of business security systems here while explaining how they work and why you need them.

Types of Business Security Systems

Access Control Systems

An access control system grants access to certain people to access your business building during certain times of the day. Each employee will be issued either an access card or a Key Fob that will be used to get access to the building.

Of course, fingerprints can be used to scan in as well which is the method we prefer because people tend to forget their access cards at home.

Temporary access can be granted to visitors by giving them an access card which must be returned as they leave. If they forget to return the card, you can disable the card’s access from your main system.

Having an access control system gives you the ability to monitor everyone’s movement in and out of the business. It can therefore be used as a clock-in and clock-out system to monitor attendance.

These systems are so advanced that they can allow you to unlock doors from an application on your phone or computer. Perfect for your security guards to have access to.

These systems usually have space for thousands of users so businesses of all sizes can use them.


24/7 Professional Monitoring Systems

It’s always a good idea to have professional monitoring for your business.

Not only can monitoring professionals keep an eye on your business during working hours, but they can also make sure everything is in good order while the business is closed.

Even if you have your own on-site security guards, off-site monitoring will greatly assist them as they keep track of everything on the cameras.

Monitoring services like these will keep an eye on your business and report any crime or danger to the police or other relevant authorities.


On Sight Security Guards

There are many reasons why security guards are a very effective security system for your business. I will just mention the most useful to me.

Security guards can observe things that AI technology can’t. If there are some people behaving suspiciously around your business, security guards will be able to confront them and ask them if they “require any assistance” or just ask them what they’re doing around that business.

Security guards are also useful in directing customers to the right areas of the business as they arrive. At the same time, the guards can log the registration numbers of the vehicles that come and go which is beneficial for many different reasons.

On-site security also means that if intruders do get in without permission, they can be chased down and sometimes apprehended.

Burglars always go for the easier targets, the site of security guards on your business ground will deter them before they even decide to break in. But if they do, your guards will be ready.

If your alarm system triggers and sounds off, your security guards will be there to immediately patrol and inspect as to why it’s been triggered. Better than waiting for security or cops to arrive while the thieves get away with your goods.

Security guards are one of the best business security systems there are. Just make sure to treat them well like you should any employee, pay them a fair wage, and let them know that they’re valued and respected in your company.


Barriers And Spikes

If your business has a private parking lot of its own, it’s ideal to set up access control at the entrance with the use of barriers and spikes. Security guards can greet people as they’re about to drive in and make sure they are there to do business.

If you choose not to use security guards to help you, you can still install these barriers and spikes at the entrance of your parking lot with a push-button attached to the barrier and also to a camera.

When the button is pressed, a photo is taken of the driver and then they’re allowed to pass through as the barrier moves up and the spikes move into the ground.


Fire Alarm Systems

In most cases, any commercial property is legally obligated to have a fully functional fire alarm system.

For an extra layer of protection against fires, install the fire detectors as discussed further below in addition to the current fire detection system in your building.


Security Alarm Systems

A security alarm system mostly protects your business against unauthorized access. However, these systems do a lot more than just prevent people from breaking in.

With the help of the components discussed below, these systems will also monitor the environment for other dangers like smoke or fire.

Here’s a brief overview of the different components that make up a well-rounded security alarm system.


Motion Sensors

Motion sensors usually always detect movement with the use of infrared technology. This is useful because it means that they don’t need any light to do their job right.

They detect any motion in its range, around 15 feet and 180°, and will trigger off the alarm system to let the relevant people know about the movement.


Contact Sensors

Contact sensors can be used for windows, doors, cabinets, and closets.

Contact sensors come with two pieces to the component. One half is attached to the window frame and the other part is attached to the window.

When these two parts move apart from each other, it will trigger your alarm. Of course, like the other sensors, the contact sensors will only sound off the alarm if the alarm is armed.



Cameras are part of the most important components of a business security system.

These days, cameras with full night vision, motion detection, and other features are a standard.

Cameras come in especially useful when your alarm gets triggered and you need to see exactly what’s going on immediately.


Glass Break Sensors

Glass sensors are great for business security. What this sensor does is listen for the frequency of glass breaking in the area. If it hears the frequency of glass breaking, it will trigger the alarm and notify all the relevant people of the glass breaking.

It’s known that these sensors trigger false alarms due to frequencies that are very close or similar to the frequency of breaking glass, like, slamming doors or falling objects, etc. Luckily these instances don’t occur much in a closed office or retail store.


Environmental Hazard Detectors

These are early warning systems that detect environmental hazards such as fires, flooding, or dangerous carbon dioxide levels in the building. These systems can potentially save the company a lot by preventing damage to stock.

Flood detectors warn you early so that you can prevent any further damage to your business.

Carbon dioxide detectors are important to keep the employees in a safe working environment.

Smoke and fire detection units are required for most businesses. In addition to the fire prevention system you already have in place, it’s best to also use these units along with your alarm system.


Conclusion: Types of Business Security Systems

When it comes to systems to protect your business, the more, the better. What I mean by this is that if you cover your business with all the above-mentioned systems, it will be the least likely business to be broken into.

If you can have security guards stationed at your business entrance controlling access barriers and spikes, thieves will think twice before going in.

In addition to this, you should have a good-quality camera system with 24/7 monitoring for situations where your security guards might be impaired and need help.

Make sure to use access control systems to keep control of who comes and who goes.

Set up a security alarm system in your business to detect break-ins and environmental hazards as well as many other potential risks.

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Edward Clark
Edward Clark, with 15 years of hands-on experience, is a distinguished expert in smart locks and home security systems. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering with a focus on Cybersecurity and is a member of the Electronic Security Association (ESA). His credentials include certifications from ASIS International, IAPP, CompTIA, NTS, and CEDIA. With expertise spanning risk management, electronic security, and data privacy, he's been featured in The Guardian, Forbes, Wired, and more. Edward's mission: guiding individuals toward secure homes using the latest technologies.

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