Are you opening a new company? Reopening your doors after a COVID-19-related shutdown? Or maybe expanding your operations because business has been booming?
If so, you’re probably busy engaging all kinds of partners—construction firms, IT providers, janitorial services, and so on. But there’s one key area you may have overlooked: corporate security services.
Many companies create painstaking plans for expansion only to leave security as an afterthought. This shortsighted approach can put all your hard work at risk by leaving your business vulnerable to vandalism, theft, and other serious crimes.
The good news is that you don’t have to have a perfectly conceived, totally comprehensive security plan in place from the moment you open your doors. In fact, by focusing on two key priorities and then partnering with corporate security services to help you address them, you can head into your opening, reopening, or expansion with greater peace of mind.
Know Your People: Pre-Employment Background Checks
Despite the unemployment spike caused by COVID-19, there’s still a war for top-notch talent. In your eagerness to land some of that talent, you may be tempted to expedite your hiring process, cutting corners in areas such as background checking and verifying references.
Stop right there. Pre-employment background checks are your only means of making sure your new hires are everything they claim to be. An applicant who falsifies information on their resume may be substantially less qualified than you think—and yet due to their careful wording, they could get away with it. That’s why it’s essential to conduct a thorough background checking process that not only verifies the bare facts of employment, but also digs deeper for the exact details of an applicant’s day-to-day responsibilities.
There’s a security angle here, too. Unfortunately, background checks are one of the most neglected corporate security services. When you skip the background check for a clean-cut, well-spoken applicant, you’re letting feelings override logic. First impressions are useful—but they may not tell the whole story. Order a complete background check so that you can be sure.
Balance Security with Flexibility: Leased Alarm Systems
As you open, reopen, or expand your business, you’ll gradually settle into your facilities. Over time, you may realize you need to expand again—or that you can actually consolidate your operations into less space. Either way, your security system will need to scale to your business needs.
That’s why it’s actually not a good idea to invest in a wired alarm system up front—even if your budget will allow for it. It’s a much better idea to start off with a leased, wireless alarm system. Leased alarm systems offer several clear advantages to a growing business. They’re easy to scale. You can move the wireless components from building to building. And you pay for leased systems by the month, sparing you the need to make a large up-front investment.
Best of all, once your business has settled in and you have a clearer picture of your alarm needs, you can simply convert your leased system into an installed system for a one-time fee—eliminating your monthly lease fee.
Learn More About Corporate Security Services
By performing thorough background checks on all your potential new employees and installing a leased alarm system, you can give your company a strong sense of security as you open your doors and enter a new phase.
Of course, there are many more corporate security services that can help you keep your people safe and protect your assets from vandalism and theft. In fact, we’ve outlined four more key security priorities in our new white paper. Get the full story in your free copy of “Six Key Security Priorities for Any New or Reopening Company.”