5 Best Business Security Systems in 2020

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As a small business owner, you know how much work you put into starting your business—so it’s only natural that you want to protect it. 

Exactly what “protecting your business” looks like will, of course, depend on the kind of business that you own. You probably already know that you’ll need a digital security system and plan to protect your computers, phones, or other digital devices; that’s how you keep your records and your finances safe.

But if your business operates out of a physical location—like a storefront, office, or warehouse—then you have electronics, equipment, materials, and cash that can all prove tempting targets for thieves. A security system can help you protect these physical assets the same way that a digital security system protects your digital assets.

Below, we take a look at the most popular business security systems on the market, so that you can make a more informed decision about which one will best protect your small business.

5 Most Popular Business Security Systems

Here’s a look at some of the most popular business security systems and providers that you may want to consider for your business.

1. Vivint

Whether you operate your business in a retail setting, a health care setting, an office setting, or right out of your home, Vivint has a range of security packages that you can leverage to keep your business safe and secure. 

Because each business is unique, Vivint allows you to customize your package with a range of sensors, detectors, cameras, and other equipment so that the plan you select is the one that is truly best for you. 

Another key benefit of a Vivint business security system is that the company’s cameras and other equipment are all wireless, which means it’s relatively easy to take equipment with you if you were to relocate your business to a new location. A cellular connection and high-capacity batteries ensure that the systems remain functional even during a power outage or natural disaster.

Depending on the package you select and the various pieces of hardware you choose to leverage, a plan can cost anywhere from a low of $29.99 per month to a high of $45 or more. 

Key Benefits of a Vivint Business Security System:

  • Back-up batteries and cellular connection keep you protected during a power outage
  • Remote access through mobile app keeps you in control when you’re not in the office
  • Fully compatible with energy management tools such as your lights and thermostat to help your business stay green
  • Widely customizable to your unique business
  • Wireless installation means you don’t have to drill holes or damage your facility
  • 24/7 professional monitoring ensures rapid response times
  • Easily transferable to a new location if your business moves

2. Nest Secure

Designed with user experience in mind, Nest Secure, a Google company, is a relatively easy-to-use and easy-to-install option, whether you operate out of your home or a secondary location. 

The Nest Secure Alarm System costs $399 (plus shipping) and includes a number of hardware components:

  • Nest Guard: A central hub for your security system that acts as an alarm, keypad, and motion sensor
  • Nest Tag: A key-fob-like object that quickly disarms your system without the need for a passcode
  • Nest Detect: A sensor that can be placed on doors, windows, and the wall of a room to detect motion or intrusion
  • Nest App: A mobile app that allows you to control and monitor your system when you’re not in the office

Though the security system does not include cameras, it is possible to purchase Nest cameras as well (costs range from $199 to $399 per camera). All of these options integrate with the Nest App and capture high-quality 1080p video, ensuring that they capture highly detailed surveillance that you can use in the event that your business is targeted by thieves. 

If you choose to add cameras to your bundle, you will also need to subscribe to Nest Aware, a recording system that stores captured video. Packages start at $5 per month and go up to $30 per month.

One important drawback of Nest Secure is the fact that it is not professionally monitored. This means that if something happens—for example, if your business is broken into—you will be notified, but any follow-up action such as calling the police will be your responsibility. It is possible to sign up for professional monitoring through Brinks Home Security for an additional fee of either $19 per month or $29 per month, depending on the contract you select.

Key Benefits of a Nest Business Security System:

  • Friendly user interface makes the system easy to use and interact with
  • Remote access through mobile app keeps you in control when you’re not in the office
  • Widely customizable to your unique business with additional cameras and sensors
  • DIY installation means you don’t need to make any appointments to get started
  • Wide number of integrations including smart cameras, doorbells, and sensors
  • High-quality cameras capture important details in the event of a break in

3. ADT

Because ADT has a long history of providing security and monitoring for homes and businesses—they’ve been in the game for more than 140 years—It’s little wonder that they are trusted by thousands of businesses across the United States. To this end, ADT offers businesses a range of services beyond simple monitoring. Options include monitored intrusion detection, video surveillance and verification, access control, cybersecurity, and fire protection and monitoring. 

These services are enabled by a range of hardware options, which include cameras, monitored sensors (such as door and window sensors, motion detectors, and temperature monitoring), access control (such as smart locks, keycard readers, and intercom readers), and business automation technology (such as climate control, lighting control, and smart plugs).

ADT does not offer pricing on their website, as packages are custom-built for individual businesses depending on the features and hardware required. To determine how much an ADT security system would cost for your business, you must request a free quote

Key Benefits of an ADT Business Security System:

  • Back-up batteries and cellular connection keep you protected during a power outage
  • Remote access through mobile app keeps you in control when you’re not in the office
  • More than 140 years of experience stand as a testament to the brand
  • Professional installation takes the guesswork out of protecting your business
  • Same-day or next-day service is available for most repairs or issues
  • Home security options are also available for businesses which operate out of a home

4. Simplisafe

Offering businesses 24/7 professional monitoring services and security hardware, Simplisafe, with an impressive A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, is a popular security option for many business owners. 

Simplisafe’s hardware offerings include everything from entry sensors and motion detectors to glassbreak monitors and panic buttons—on top of the cameras and keypads that you would expect from a security system. And other sensors (like for smoke, carbon monoxide, temperature, and water) are available to help keep your business safe from other threats as well. Choose from a predesigned bundle (at a cost of $184 to $392) or build a custom hardware package that meets your business’s unique needs. 

When it comes to business security, Simplisafe offers one of the most budget-friendly monitoring options out there. Plans start at just $14.99 per month, and signing up doesn’t require an annual contract. This means that you can cancel at any time if you decide that you want to try something else or simply no longer need security for your business.

Key Benefits of a Simplisafe Business Security System:

  • Back-up batteries and cellular connection keep you protected during a power outage
  • Remote access through mobile app keeps you in control when you’re not in the office
  • No annual contracts, unlike many other offerings, means you can cancel at any time
  • Easily transferable to a new location if your business moves
  • 24/7 professional monitoring ensures rapid response times
  • DIY installation means you don’t need to make any appointments to get started
  • Budget-friendly plans starting at $14.99 per month

5. Frontpoint

As with many of the other security systems on this list, Frontpoint offers a wide range of hardware options that business owners can use to customize their security package. These various devices are broken out by their purpose:

  • Intrusion: Including door and window sensors, motion detectors, glass break sensors, and garage door tilt sensors
  • Environmental: Including smoke and heat detectors, carbon monoxide sensors, and flood sensors
  • Cameras: A variety of indoor and outdoor cameras, including a doorbell security cam
  • Home automation: Including wireless lighting control and smart door lock

All of these various systems can be armed and disarmed via keypad, central hub, touchscreen, or mobile app.

Frontpoint’s hardware packages range from $369.93 to $599.88, depending on the specific equipment you prefer. It’s also possible to craft a custom hardware bundle that is specifically tailored to the needs of your business, which can be helpful if you operate in a unique space. Frontpoint offers two monitoring plans: One for $1.48 per day (or roughly $45 per month) and one for $1.64 per day (or roughly $50 per month), both of which are on the pricier side compared to other systems on this list.

Key Benefits of a Frontpoint Business Security System:

  • Back-up batteries and cellular connection keep you protected during a power outage
  • 24/7 professional monitoring ensures rapid response times
  • Remote access through mobile app keeps you in control when you’re not in the office
  • Wireless installation means you don’t have to drill holes or damage your facility
  • Easily transferable to a new location if your business moves
  • DIY installation means you don’t need to make any appointments to get started
  • Widely customizable to your unique business with additional cameras and sensors
  • Fully compatible with energy management tools such as your lights and thermostat to help your business stay green
  • No annual contracts, unlike many other offerings, means you can cancel at any time

Simple Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Business

A small business security system is an excellent way of deterring crime and potentially reclaiming lost cash or goods in the event that your business is targeted by criminals, but it isn’t the only way to protect your business. In addition to selecting an appropriate system, it’s also important that you take simple, common sense steps to reduce your chances of being robbed. Some ideas include:

  • Start by changing the locks. If you’re moving into a business or location formerly occupied by someone else, you don’t know how many keys exist or who has them. Changing the locks is a simple step you can take immediately to protect your business.
  • Limit the number of copies you make of your key. The more copies that exist of a key, the greater the likelihood that someone who shouldn’t have a copy will find one. Whether it is for your entrance, an office, or a storage area, make only as many copies of your keys as is absolutely necessary, and make sure you only give copies to trusted employees.
  • Consider burglar-resistant glass. Smash-and-grabs are incredibly common. Installing burglar-resistant glass on all doors and windows (or at least on those most likely to be targeted by a criminal) makes it that much more difficult for your business to be burgled. 
  • Use light strategically. Burglars are more likely to target businesses with entryways that are poorly lit because the darkness conceals their actions. Installing lights above your doors and windows can be an excellent means of deterring nighttime crime. 
  • Place registers within view of the street. If you own a customer-facing business where cash is openly exchanged (such as a corner market) consider placing your register within view of the street. This increases the likelihood that a passerby will witness a robbery if one takes place, and may also help to deter a criminal from targeting your business.
  • Embrace redundancy. Just as one lock is better than no lock, two locks is better than one. In addition to locking the entrance to your business, consider keeping valuables in a secure secondary location. Excess cash might be removed from your register and stored in a locked safe within a locked back office, for example, or valuable equipment like cameras and laptops might be secured in a locked storage cabinet. The more barriers between a thief and your valuables, the lower the chances that you will be successfully robbed. 

Read this article for more robbery prevention tips for your business.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, whichever business security system you choose needs to fit a number of criteria. It needs to fit within your budget. It needs to come with the specific hardware and monitoring options that you’re looking for. It needs to come from a supplier that you trust. And, ideally, it might just make your life a little bit easier by helping you automated non-security related tasks from afar. 

By selecting a business security system and monitoring plan that fulfills all of these criteria and pairing them with the best practices and easy advice outlined above, it’s possible to protect the business that you’ve expended so much time, effort, and money to build.

Tim Stobierski

Tim Stobierski is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at Pepperland Marketing, where he spends his days writing, editing, and strategizing content for clients in a range of industries. He is also a freelance writer and editor focused on the finance sector, and the founder of StudentDebtWarriors.com, a free resource for college students, graduates, and parents who are struggling to make sense of the complicated world of student loans. In addition to his work as a content specialist, Tim is a published poet and essayist. His first book of poetry, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, was published in 2012 by River Otter Press. Tim graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with his bachelor’s degree in English literature and a concentration in creative writing.

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