New expenses aren’t exactly something that most small businesses welcome. Though the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy notes that small businesses comprise 99.9 percent of all American firms, they face existential struggles year after year. One out of five small businesses fail within 12 months of their founding, and only half make it to the five-year mark.
Those aren’t exactly heartening statistics, so the suggestion that a business needs to spend money on something more might sound suspect. But that’s exactly what we’d like to do. If your small business has vehicles regularly coming and going on your property, we’d like to urge you to consider a gate access control system. Why? Well, the best gate access systems not only protect businesses from theft, they can also lower operational costs. Read on to learn more.
Improves Business Operations by Preventing Interruptions
Before we discuss the various benefits of gate access systems, let’s briefly describe what they are and how they work. Gate access systems prevent unauthorized vehicular access to a specific property by means of an electronic verification system connected to a robotic gate. This verification system can be a keypad, a card scanner, or an intercom or telephone that connects to a person. Only pre-approved visitors can drive their cars or trucks onto the premises.
Such a system can help in a way that few paused to consider: It can substantially minimize disruptive interruptions, particularly if you install a fully automated gate access system. According to a survey conducted by Forbes, 71 percent of respondents complain that they face frequent interruptions while working. Only 29 percent said they could consistently block out distractions. While gate control systems won’t eliminate all distractions, they can screen a significant number of external disturbances.
Theft and Vandalism Prevention
One of the most often cited reasons for installing a gate access system involves theft prevention — and small businesses certainly need it. According to SafeWise, small businesses are four times more likely to suffer from burglaries than homes, and retailers lose more than $40 billion annually in aggregate due to theft. Few businesses of any stripe are so successful that they wouldn’t want to minimize those losses.
Gate access systems won’t remove every risk. For instance, SafeWise notes that about a third of retail thefts occur when criminals simply carry goods out of an establishment’s front door. But that doesn’t mean gate access systems aren’t effective. For areas that don’t require a lot of organic foot traffic, they prevent most unauthorized entries altogether. Keeping uncredentialed vehicles out also helps to minimize losses from theft. Burglars simply can’t fill up the back of a conversion van with your products if said van isn’t on your property.
Improves Security Over Other Options (Like Locks)
Access control that keeps away unwanted cars isn’t a new idea. It has existed in some form ever since there were roads that someone wanted to guard and vehicles that passed along them. To some, a basic fence, inexpensive padlock, or a manual drop arm might seem to make sense. Can’t these options alone provide adequate small business security?
The answer is, “Maybe.” For some very select properties that have minimal traffic and lots of security personnel available, low-tech and inexpensive measures may work. Consider, though, that these “cheap” options may end up costing you more in the long run. Security guards are an ongoing expense (more on that below), and the simpler the security device, the easier it is for criminals to circumvent it — and a single incident can easily wipe out any savings you might’ve hoped to realize.
Reduces Costs Associated with Security Guards
You’ve surely pulled up to a checkpoint outside of a particular property late at night and beheld a disinterested security guard staring at a phone, flipping through a book, or even attempting to not nod off. While guards can provide excellent oversight, they don’t always work according to their top potential. Additionally, employees or contract workers represent an ongoing expense.
Not so with a gate control system. With minimal operating and maintenance expenses, this particular kind of apparatus represents ongoing security value.
How Gate Access Systems Provide Security for Your Business
Gate access systems offer strong security solutions for small businesses seeking to manage vehicular traffic on their premises. Unlike low-tech solutions and traditional security guards, gate access systems supply robust theft deterrence at a minimal ongoing cost.
If you’re interested in a gate access system, reach out to us. Not only does AT&I Systems service clients throughout South Florida, we have more than two decades worth of experience in the field. We understand how to safeguard your place of business. Communicate with us via phone (866-691-4499) or online.