Top Tips For Business Travel Safety

Do Your Research

If you’re going abroad, do some research on the country before you go. Make sure you have any vaccinations you may need and all the correct documents, and are familiar with the laws of the country. It’s also a good idea to keep up to date with any political disturbances to avoid dangerous situations.

Electronics

You can never be too careful when using electronics. If you’re working whilst travelling, ensure you have arranged a data plan before you leave so you don’t have to use open Wi-Fi connections – these are not always secure and could result in data loss for your company. It’s also not a great idea to use public computers as again these are usually pretty simple to hack.

Watch your Luggage

Throughout your journey, always keep an eye on your luggage. If you are taking a carry-on, choose a bag that fully zips up and if any of your luggage contains important documents be sure to use a coded padlock. When taking a laptop, avoid putting it in the overhead as it could be stolen or damaged; instead keep it on your lap or place it under the seat in front of you. As long as you’re careful with your items you should be fine.

At the Hotel

One of the first things you should do when you get to the hotel, is check that there is security available 24/7 – available by phone and there should also be a patrol. You should also always leave the “do not disturb” sign on your door to stop anyone from coming in, and only answer the door if you are expecting someone. If you have booked the hotel independently, make sure your company know where you’re staying.

Business Travel Security

Business travel security is available; this can be especially useful if you’re going to a high-risk area or carrying out important work that you could be targeted for. They can provide risk assessment and management, travel training and close protection amongst other things. If you work for a company, you could suggest they look into this for all staff to reduce the risk of any issues and make staff more comfortable with travelling for work.

Avoiding any threats to yourself and your work should be your biggest concern when travelling. By taking small precautions you’ll make your trip run smoothly and ensure your security, leaving you to focus on the work at hand and come home safely.

5 Reasons Top Business Owners Swear By Security Cameras

Joe was a great customer of mine, who purchased security cameras from me some years ago, and he was your typical small to medium-sized business owner. He had to keep an eye on payroll, operations, marketing, sales, hiring, firing and, generally speaking, keep the company moving forward.

When Joe came to me about security cameras, he was mainly focused on watching the outside of his building to “catch someone” if something were to happen on his property. We discussed many different options, went over different types of cameras, the number of cameras needed, what areas of importance he wanted to cover, and of course, all within budget. We eventually came up with the perfect solution to watch the outside of his building. After so many months, he wanted the same type of coverage for the inside of his building and got indoor cameras, as well.

As far as we were concerned, he had the perfect security system to deter theft and protect his property and employees. Most business owners are looking for the same thing when they begin looking for security cameras. Either a product has gone missing off the shelf, your building gets broken into or you’re just in a bad area and are concerned. What Joe soon realized, is that these cameras offered more than security and safety.

One day, he called me and said, “Hey! You didn’t tell me these cameras can be us for more than security.” I wasn’t sure how to respond. Obviously, I replied, “Tell me more!” Joe told me how his cameras were being used for more than security by giving me 5 reasons on how they have saved him time, money, headaches and stress.

  1. Improved Employee Productivity – Employees aren’t surfing social media sites all day, because they aren’t sure if they are being watched or not.
  2. Reduced Liability Claims – Liability claims almost went away, from both employees and customers.
  3. Wrote Off for Taxes – The security system was able to be written off for tax purposes.
  4. Lowered His Insurance Rate – The security system helped lower his insurance rate.
  5. Gave Him Peace of Mind – As a business owner, this is priceless.

I’ll be honest; I wasn’t expecting to hear this. It makes sense, though. Ever since then, I have told his story to every business owner I have talked to that is interested in buying security cameras. They couldn’t agree more, and not only did my camera sales increase, these business owners got more out of their camera purchase than they were expecting.