Criminal damage to your businesses premises can prove quite expensive. When burglary happens in a business setting, you not only lose objects or money but also the confidence and sense of security among your employees.
Vandalism, burglary, and arson are risks that you must closely guard against to make sure that you, your employees and your business remain safe and secure at all times.
Due to the fact that office buildings, factories, and warehouses are left vacant on weekends and during the evenings, they become vulnerable to threats, especially if would-be burglars know of the high-value items in your business premises.
Although you can’t totally eliminate the risks, there are courses of action you can take — from doing a site survey to installing commercial fire alarms — to protect your business premises from the most potent dangers.
Read further to learn more about how you can secure your business site from external threats:
1. Site survey
A site survey is crucial for identifying any issues and developing courses of action required to keep your commercial property safe and secure.
Though you can personally conduct this check on the vulnerabilities in your business, it is highly recommended that you let a reputable security company carry out a risk assessment or site survey. These professionals know exactly what to look for as well as provide you with possible solutions to keep your property more secure.
2. Staff training
You and your employees must know what to do in cases of serious threat. You must have processes and systems in place for effectively dealing with any security breaches or risks.
Train your staff to recognize any threatening or suspicious behavior so they can prevent the situation from ever taking place.
You should also set up a routine for your employees. For instance, the last person to get out of the office after work must ensure that all doors and windows are locked and properly secured. To avoid miscommunication, this must be officially recorded in a logbook or an end-of-day report, for example.
This procedure may seem simple but it can dramatically enhance the security level of your building.
3. Control access to your premises
As the business owner, you need to have full control over who gains entry into your business site. The best way to do so is to install the latest access control systems.
These tech innovations will also help you in monitoring staff punctuality and absences. Access can be granted through audio, video, access code, fingerprint or a proximity key fob.
Moreover, it can be linked to the barriers and gates which ensure that only your employees can have access to your parking facilities. In other words, it stops unknown people from gaining entry.
4. Install electronic security measures
Make your businesses more secure by installing the following electronic security measures:
CCTV Security Systems
CCTV security systems will provide you with a myriad of advantages in the building in which it is installed. Make sure to opt for bespoke systems as these will meet your security and insurance requirements. More importantly, only reputable CCTV installers must set it up.
If you have high-value equipment onsite, you need to invest in an intruder alarm system. Get this only from a dependable security company that offers 24-hour fully monitored alarms which then notify emergency services and the key-holder once they’re activated.
Fire is considered the most serious and destructive threat that anyone can encounter.
Devastating consequences include crippling financial losses, loss of equipment and the business itself, and worse, loss of life. Thus, you need to prioritize fire safety in your business premises by installing a fire alarm system.
In addition, you should also have smoke detectors in place. This is the best way to detect the occurrence of a fire at its earliest stages. They give a warning before open flames start to blaze, allowing for rapid and critical fire response. Indeed, these are vital devices that can save both your business and your life.
The key to protecting your business premises is to have these security measures in place.
If you haven’t implemented any or most of these measures, contact a reputable security company now!
Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.