Security Mistakes Nearly Every Small Business Makes (and How to Fix Them)

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Opening a small business is no easy feat, regardless of where you are in the country. Still, in the vibrant and bustling city of New Orleans, small businesses are a cornerstone of the local economy. From charming cafes in the French Quarter (We do love our beignets and cafe au lait!) to innovative tech startups in the Warehouse District, these businesses contribute to the unique character and economic vitality of the city. However, many small businesses in NOLA are vulnerable to security threats. Here are some common security mistakes and practical solutions to ensure your business remains safe and secure.

Inadequate Lock Systems

Mistake: Using outdated or insufficient lock systems on doors and windows can make it easy for burglars to gain entry.

Fix: Upgrade to high-security locks such as deadbolts, electronic locks, or smart locks that offer better protection. Ensure all entry points, including windows and secondary doors, have strong locks. Regularly check and maintain these locks to ensure they are in good working condition.

Poor Lighting

Mistake: Dark areas around your business premises provide cover for intruders, increasing the risk of break-ins and vandalism.

Fix: Install adequate lighting around your business, especially at entry points, parking lots, and dark corners. Motion-sensor lights can be particularly effective as they only turn on when someone approaches, alerting you and deterring potential intruders. 

Lack of Surveillance Cameras

Mistake: Not having surveillance cameras can leave blind spots and make it harder to monitor and record suspicious activities.

Fix: Install a comprehensive surveillance camera system that covers all critical areas of your business, including entry points, cash registers, and storage areas. Ensure cameras are visible to act as a deterrent and consider using cameras with remote access so you can monitor your premises in real-time. 

Inadequate Alarm Systems

Mistake: Relying on an outdated or non-existent alarm system can delay your response to a security breach

Fix: Invest in a modern alarm system that includes sensors for doors and windows, motion detectors, and glass break sensors. Ensure the system is connected to a monitoring service that can alert law enforcement promptly. Regularly test and maintain the system to ensure it functions correctly. 

Overlooking Environmental Design

Mistake: The design of your premises, such as tall bushes or poorly placed signs, can provide cover for intruders and reduce visibility.

Fix: Use crime prevention through environmental design principles to enhance security. Keep bushes and landscaping trimmed to eliminate hiding spots, use low fencing that allows for visibility, and place signs strategically to ensure clear sightlines. Design the layout of your premises to maximize visibility and natural surveillance.

Lack of Access Control 

Mistake: Poor access control management or lack of access control system, such as not tracking who has access to what or failing to update and upkeep the system. 

Fix: Invest in a user-friendly access control system that integrates with your existing security system. Map out the access points for your employees and use your remote access management app on your smart device to never miss a notification.

Failing to Plan for Emergencies

Mistake: Not having an emergency plan for physical security threats can lead to confusion and increased damage during incidents.

Fix: Develop a comprehensive emergency plan that includes procedures for responding to break-ins, natural disasters, and other physical threats. Train your employees on these procedures and conduct regular drills. Ensure you have a communication plan in place to alert authorities and coordinate with staff during an emergency.


In a city as lively as NOLA, small businesses must be vigilant about physical security. By addressing these common mistakes and implementing robust security measures, you can protect your business, your employees, and your assets. Regularly review and update your security practices to stay ahead of potential threats and ensure your business remains a safe and welcoming place for everyone. 

ABC Fire & Burglar Alarm is ready to offer solutions for all of your security needs. For more information, contact us today to receive a free quote.

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