How often do you see a story in the news about a burglary or local intruder? You probably take extra precautions when it comes to keeping your home safe, but you need to ensure your business premises are as secure as possible too.
Keeping your property safe should be high on your priority list as a small business owner, we’ve put this security guide together with Locksmiths Corby, covering the top ten security tips to keep your property safe and secure.
Good Locks Are Fundamental
Whether you’re operating an office or a shop, it is absolutely vital to invest in good locks. A professional locksmith will be able to provide you with a full security review and the relevant advice to ensure that every point of entry is secure. That could mean changing lock systems completely, adding anti-snap locks or deadbolts for exterior doors, so that any external access is as secure as possible.
You should also ensure all windows have proper locks and are securely locked when the building is empty. Storage units and warehouses may require additional security if roller shutter doors are present; e.g. locking bollards.
- Review and Replace Locks If Access Could Be Compromised
If you recently purchased or leased the property, you never know who else might possess keys to your new business establishment. It’s advisable to change locks and it is likely to be an insurance requirement. Building a good relationship with a locksmith in the area will help you quickly gain access or resolve problems if you ever have an emergency.
- Smart Access
Consider smart locks and automatic door lock systems instead of standard locks. Although more expensive initially, they will give you an added element of control, making it easy to restrict or change access without needing new locks.
Smart keypad and fob entry devices can let you know who has entered a property, and when, as well as allowing you to quickly remove access if necessary. They easily allow you to keep an updated record of who has access to which doors and areas too.
- Light It Up
Intruders are fascinated by dark poorly lit premises, mainly because it makes them an easy target. Make sure you limit dark areas on your property by installing security lighting. Lights with passive infrared sensors have a huge deterrent effect, as they activate when they sense any movement, letting a potential intruder know they have been detected and can be seen easily.
- Fit an Alarm
The presence of a security alarm also is a big deterrent, letting potential criminals know you take security seriously. If you opt for a system that lets you monitor the premises whilst you’re at home, you will know if someone has entered your property and you will have peace of mind that your building and livelihood is safe.
- Secure the Perimeter
Fit decent gates and high fencing to deter would be intruders and make sure all gates are padlocked securely with high quality locks.
- Use Anti Climb Measures
From spikes to anti climb paint, these permanent measures will make it more difficult for intruders to enter the grounds or your premises. Often these passive security systems may be enough to ensure the opportunist burglar goes elsewhere.
- Hire a Security Guard
For high risk premises and 24-hour protection you might want to enlist the help of a security firm to keep your property safe and sound all night long. Although this might add to your costs, you can never put a price on safety. If part of a retail park or industrial estate, talk to the other businesses and the land owner, as they may be interested in sharing the cost of this or joining forces on security measures.
- Always Be Vigilant
If you notice someone acting strangely around your property or causing trouble, then don’t just ignore it. If you have implemented security guards or any sort of local group security measures, use them. Remember your personal safety should be paramount, if you feel at risk either stay securely in the building, or if necessary, contact the police for assistance.
- Think About Online and Cyber Security
Many business think that security stops with physical security. In the 21stcentury crime is often either linked to online or social media behavior. As an example, don’t post about going on holiday on a social media account managed and linked to your business pages, ensure that you restrict who can see your personal posts and details.
In many instances’ theft takes the form of a digital attack, make sure that electronic devices and computers are never left open to public access. Ensure passwords are never displayed or shared unnecessarily, and that systems are setup with proper encryption and security. To find out more there is a comprehensive small business cyber security guide produced by the UK government.