How to Secure Your Home Office

Home security systems can secure your home and family as well as your home office. Ask the operator of a home business what they worry about, and the odds are good they’ll tell you it’s making it to the next payday, finding new clients, or just keeping the kids from driving them crazy during the workday. What these small entrepreneurs have forgotten is that their home business needs security, just like a business operating in a more commercial setting. Imagine what would happen if a burglar took the computer you keep all your client information on, or took the file cabinet containing your tax receipts and forms – on April 14. Even the loss of a relatively minor item like a printer or fax machine can throw a wrench into a business that could take weeks or months to recover from. Home Security Systems with 24/7 monitoring are an economical way to secure you home office.

The first step in securing a home office is to get control of the perimeter. If you do not have a home security system in place, then definitely consider adding one, with special emphasis on the part of your home dedicated to your business. Depending on your needs, it might be possible to alarm and secure only the business part of the home, but that often isn’t practical. Security begins with the physical – check the doors and windows of your home office to ensure that they are heavy duty and up to the task of preventing intrusion. Hollow-core bedroom doors are no obstacles to anyone serious about breaking and entering. If your office is on the ground floor or basement, it’s worth investing in a high-quality window lock and/or a barred security system. Home alarms and home alarm monitoring are also a worthwhile investment. Don’t forget smoke alarms and, depending on your budget, fire suppression systems – a fire can wipe you out just as easily as a burglar can. Check your electrical systems to ensure you aren’t putting an excessive load on electrical circuits meant for a lamp or a TV, but which are instead supporting two color lasers and four PCs.

Once the physical environment is taken care of, make your home business more robust and trouble-proof. Ensure that all of your critical electronic files and documents are backed up to a secure offsite location. Web sites that will maintain your file libraries remotely have excellent unattended backup software; this investment of a few dollars a month could literally save your business after a disaster. Remember that a backup system that isn’t used is no better than no backup system at all – automate your backups, and periodically check to see that your backups are actually being written to the remote location. Store copies of paper files in an offsite location – you can do this cheaply by boxing up copies of your critical paper documents once a month and swapping storage space with another home business owner in the same state. (Don’t use someone in the same town or even worse, neighborhood – you don’t want one natural disaster to take out both offices.)

Have a backup plan for disaster, whether a burglary, a fire, or a flood. This can be as simple as having an emergency credit card and a standing reservation at a neighborhood office building that offers temporary rentals, or can be a complete and sophisticated emergency recovery plan. Remember that failing to plan is planning to fail!

Wireless Security Cameras in the Office

If you want to enhance the security of your office, it is a good idea for you to install some wireless security cameras. Wireless security cameras in the office can help increase the security of your office and the safety of your employees. Wireless security cameras are usually very inconspicuous, so they would not be that obvious in an office environment. If you do want to install a wireless security camera system in your office, you have to know where to put your cameras. You do not want to invade any of your employees’ privacy, so you have to make sure that your cameras are placed in appropriate places.

You want to put security cameras at places where you can monitor the space when the building is closed, and where you can see the office throughout the day. It is a good idea to place cameras near the entrances and exits so you can see who comes and goes through the day and during the night. Placing cameras around the public areas of the office is also a good idea. You can put them in the area where everybody works and in the break room. You should never put surveillance cameras in places where privacy is expected, like in bathrooms. You should also tell your employees that security cameras are installed in the office so they are informed.

If you want to install wireless security cameras in the office, you have to think about how many you will need, whether or not you want a digital video recorder to store footage, and if so how much space you will need on your digital video recorder. You also have to consider what type of monitor you want and how many you will need. If you have several cameras installed you will probably need a few monitors. And if you have several cameras and want to store footage, you should find a multi-channel digital video recorder. Multi-channel digital video recorders and monitors can be very expensive, so you should make sure they fit in your budget. If you want to get a complex surveillance system, it might be a good idea for you to have a professional install your wireless cameras and other equipment. If you have a small office and you are on a budget, you might want to only install a few cameras at the office’s entrances and you do not need that many monitors or that much space on a digital video recorder, you could probably install the system yourself.