How do I protect my business?
Now the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and opportunist thieves and troublemakers are rubbing their hands together with glee. With the cover of two extra hours of darkness comes an increase in crime and property damage.
But not to worry, we have put together some top tips to help prevent your business from becoming prey to those prowling the streets:
- Invest in a monitored alarm system, if you already have one ensure that it is fully operational. The alarm should be set at the close of business every day. It would be wise to keep the number of personnel with access to deactivation codes and fobs low. Keep a record of who has been entrusted with these.
- Examine the outside of your premises. Is there anything that could assist someone hiding from view or help gain access? Try and keep surrounding areas as tidy as possible for example trim any bushes or install gates around refuse bins or exterior storage.
- Identify vulnerable areas around the premises. Doors and windows are particularly easy to breach if not protected properly. Installing high security locks and grilles will help prevent forced entry. Use high security rated products and make sure all doors are locked and secure when not in use.
- CCTV is highly recommended. If you already have a CCTV system, review it regularly to confirm that it is operational, provides good quality images and covers vulnerable areas.
- Consider moving high value goods away from display windows overnight and securing them in discreet storage. If possible, remove any cash from the building but if not installing a fire safe is highly recommended. It is also wise to keep any important documents in a secure place too.
- Ensure there is sufficient lighting around the premises, especially in loading bays.Not only will lighting deter any burglars it will also assist CCTV footage.
- Consider using a professional keyholding service, as using staff as keyholders has serious Health & Safety implications. Employers are directly responsible for their staff’s safety. Should staff encounter an intruder or a life threatening situation, the employer is directly responsible.
If you require help in assessing the security of your property we offer a no charge, no obligation survey. You can contact us on 020 7622 5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org