What Are the Differences between Commercial and Residential Security Systems?

Do you know the difference between commercial and residential security systems? In theory they may seem similar. However, there are a number of variances between the two that you should be aware of before buying a security system for your property. To help you decide what type of system you need for your space, we look at the main distinctions below.

Access Control

Residential areas rarely need access control unless they’re part of a gated community. In that case, the points of entry will be either manned or under surveillance, or both. Otherwise, residences will only need to protect their individual points of entry which include doors and windows. When it comes to commercial buildings, it’s an entirely different scenario. Office buildings, for example, will have security protocol in place to ensure that only those who are authorized can get access to specific parts of the building or lot. This can include the use of security patrol guards, extensive alarm systems and cameras, elevator monitoring and the use of key cards to open doors and to access certain floors for example. Industrial buildings will often have gated protection for the entire lot, along with security cameras all around and inside the property to ensure the assets are kept safe and that unauthorized individuals are kept out.

Security Threats

Commercial buildings and residences need protection and security for different reasons. Commercial properties are usually protected from break-ins, employee theft, inappropriate employee behaviour, shoplifting, vandalism, fire, natural disasters and even terrorism. Residential areas, on the other hand, are protected mainly from theft and fires. So where you would typically have cameras inside of a commercial operation, you wouldn’t often see this inside a home.

Data Breach

While you may have some important files and documents that you want to keep safe in your home, such as credit card details and SIN numbers, you can simply use a safe to keep these protected. When you own a commercial business, it’s crucial to keep the private business data, inventory, and personnel records safe. These are often not in one singular location, so the need for a comprehensive security system becomes a necessity to keep sensitive and private data protected and out of the hands of criminals.
Knowing about the differences between commercial and residential buildings will make it easier for you to pick the right security system for your home or business. If you’re planning to install an alarm system, reach out to our team at Bee Alarmed. We understand that every home and business has unique security needs, which is why we take the time to access which type and level of security system are most suitable for your property. Then we’ll tailor a system that provides you with your exact security needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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