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Choosing a Security System for a Restaurant

Restaurant owners know that this kind of investment takes a lot of dedication, organization, and intelligent planning. There are so many different aspects that go into a well-designed restaurant, that making any kinds of mistakes from the start can be very costly later on.

With so many responsibilities included in running a successful restaurant business, it's important that the basics are covered ahead of time. This means designing a smart floor plan, having all of the safety requirements covered and even choosing security systems before construction begins. Although some may assume that the table selections and menu creation are of the utmost importance, the details of building and protecting a restaurant need attention first.

A quality security system for restaurants can help to protect the premises, catch thieves, and even keep track of the actions of employees. Restaurant owners have a lot to lose when it comes to robberies and poor work habits, so it's important that they can track what's going on in their establishment.

If you or someone you know is planning to install security into their restaurant, they may feel slightly overwhelmed with the options. To help, consider this information to help in choosing a security system for a restaurant.

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Size Matters

Knowing how large your restaurant establishment is will help security professionals decide how much security is required and where it will be needed most. The bigger a restaurant is, the more potential there is for weak spots, so gather a blueprint of your restaurant to help you visualize where you'll need surveillance the most.


Consider Your Hours

If your hours of operation are 24/7, then you'll likely need less security than if you close overnight or for multiple days at a time. Those establishments that are closed on weekends and evenings may be a greater target for robbery or damage.

However, if your restaurant is open most hours of the night, but with little staff, you might increase security around the building to keep these employees safe during peak hours for crime. Factors like open hours and number of staff can be very helpful to deciding how much surveillance you need.

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Mind Your Money Transactions

In restaurants, there is a lot of cash flow on a daily basis. This means you'll want to have heavy security in the areas where you're working with money, paying employees, or transferring funds to a safe. It's also a good idea to recognize where your funds will be collected outside of the building, so that you can install exterior cameras for protection outside, as well.


Don't Overlook Parking Lots

Security within the walls of your restaurant is important, but that doesn't mean you should forget about the exterior. If you have a parking lot on your property, you might want to install security features here, in order to better protect your employees and customers.

This could be as simple as installing a few cameras around the perimeter and investing in better lighting to keep the area free from car thieves.

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Fire Security

It comes as no surprise that there are fire hazards galore when you've got so many people working in the kitchens. Immediate detection of potential fire hazards will be critical to protecting your restaurant, so investing in a quality fire security system can help to help detect smoke, heat, and potential fire before it even begins.


Consider the Layout

The layout of your building may be one of the factors that helps you decide on a specific security system. For example, if you have a lot of windows along one side, you may need more security in this area. Similarly, restaurants with back stairways, alleys, or poorly lit areas might need added surveillance as well.

If you're still in building mode, try to limit the opportunity for weak spots in your restaurant that will attract thieves or be hard to spot. Inappropriate behavior may occur in corners, hallways, and small spaces, so it's a good idea to consider all of your surveillance options.

If you plan to make a lot of changes to the restaurant over time, or you're moving into an already existing building, you might consider a wireless security system, which has a lot of benefits to its design.

A wireless design is very simple to integrate into an existing building because of its ability to be installed virtually anywhere on the property. This means you don't have to worry about covering up any wiring or creating an eyesore in the restaurant. Wireless security can also be removed and reinstalled easily, so, even if you decide to re-decorate or re-design your restaurant, you'll be able to experience a quick change in security system relocation.

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With a great investment comes great responsibility. If you want to keep your restaurant and the people within it safe, take some time to go through all of your security options and what they all offer. Every restaurant is different, and it is imperative that owners choose the system that will protect their assets most effectively.

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