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If you run a business, you need to be sure to take the time to protect your data and your property. If you don’t, you are going to end up with a serious issue on your hand in the future. But while this truth may seem obvious, many entrepreneurs still don't have a serious plan on how they plan to keep their business safe from criminals. As a result, they leave themselves open to break-ins, data theft, and a host of other threats. The good news is that with a little bit of know-how, you’ll be able to protect your investment from almost anything that criminals—both regular and cyber—can throw at you. Here’s a quick overview of five types of security that every business should have.

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If you want to ensure that your property and possessions are kept secure at all times, then there aren’t many options that are as effective as remote video surveillance. With web-based remote video monitoring services, you can keep an eye on the things you value most, from anywhere in the world. At the click of a button, you can access your live video feed and see exactly what’s happening at that very moment, and with cloud-based data storage, you can also review past footage, automatically recorded and stored off-site for future reference. Add to that the ongoing advances in recognition software, as well as hardware improvements that make it possible for cameras to operate completely free of any local power source, and you have a security solution that is almost perfect.

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Although video surveillance technology has been around for approximately half a century, it’s only recently become a viable replacement for other, more conventional forms of security. Take gate security, for example. For sensitive areas that require gated access, it has generally been taken for granted that living, breathing security teams are preferable to CCTV and other forms of video surveillance. After all, security teams can respond immediately to potential threats, can intelligently evaluate problems as they arise, and can get a better visual view of possible situations than the kind of grainy black-and-white video that the surveillance systems of yesteryear were forced to depend on.

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At first glance, construction sites might not seem like that obvious of a target for criminals. After all, aside from some steel beams, other building materials, and the occasional portable toilet, what is there in a construction site that a criminal might want? Well, quite a lot, actually. You see, while there may not be much in the way of loose cash lying around, constructions sites are absolute treasure-troves of valuable materials and equipment. Everything from copper wiring, to building supplies, to expensive equipment, is often left just lying around for criminals to get their hands on. Even worse, many construction sites are left to sit in the open air for weeks at a time (or even longer) with little to no security protecting them. The end result is that many criminals have learned how to make quite a lucrative hobby out of construction site theft, and many contractors are left having to account for missing supplies and damaged sites.

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Take a moment and look at things from the a criminal’s perspective: You’re looking for an easy way to make some quick cash, and you don’t want to have to risk your life to do it. So, you set your sights towards locations that offer valuable merchandise and that aren’t difficult to access.

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There’s an old adage which suggests that you need to be willing to spend money to make money. But while most business owners are familiar with this concept, the fact remains that in order to succeed, you need to be able to distinguish between the necessary costs of doing business, and the unnecessary frivolities that can be trimmed away to save money. And while some added expenses are obviously superfluous and can be cut back without much thought, there are others that are a bit harder to categorize. As such, many business leaders end up erring on the side of what they think to be caution, eliminating expenses left and right, and in the process, inadvertently harming the organization that they’re trying to protect.

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Taking security measures used to mean setting up an alarm system on the doors at your home or workplace or installing a video surveillance system that someone would have to either be hired to watch all day—or you would have to go back and watch a day’s recorded tape later.

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