It’s an unfortunate fact of life that we have to take steps to prevent our homes and business from being damaged, and our property was stolen.
Businesses, in particular, can be a target for thieves and vandals as they often have expensive equipment on-site and no one there overnight.
We’ve rounded up some tips on how to protect your business.
Secure All Windows and Doors
This might sound like a bit of a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many burglaries take place after someone spots an open window or door on-premises. Having a good, secure locking mechanism is important, but you still have to actually lock them first for them to really make any difference. You could consider using shatterproof glass film on your windows too. This helps keep the glass from falling out if smashed, making it much harder for thieves to get in. It’s also a good safety feature too.
Keep Expensive Items Out of Site
Some business equipment is too big to hide away but try and keep laptops, mobiles, and cash boxes out of sight when you lock up the office. Install a safe to keep them in when there’s no one there.
The costs of good cloud-based CCTV have reduced considerably over the past few years. People even have night vision, voice-activated cameras at their homes, connected to their Alexa speakers. The type of system you need will depend on the size of your premises and what kind of equipment you are protecting. If you have a small office with not many valuables in, a basic system that you can check from home might be sufficient. If you have a factory or a lot of expensive items on-site, then a specialist CCTV setup that is connected to an alarm or third-party security company might be needed to protect what’s yours.
Educate Your Employees
It doesn’t matter how good your security systems are if your employees don’t take security seriously. You need to incorporate it into any employee training and let them know that there are consequences for those who don’t follow policies. You might just think that it’s common sense but that’s a dangerous assumption to make. Ensure that everyone knows what the security processes are, where equipment goes, what the shutdown procedure is for the last person leaving the office at the end of the day. Review your procedures regularly and communicate them to your team.
Get the Right Insurance
Having the right business insurance is vital in case anything happens and your premises or equipment is stolen and damage. It might seem like an unnecessary expense to you, but you will regret not having it. Work with an insurance broker to get the best coverage for the best price. You should also get in touch with public adjusters to understand how to receive the best claim for your insurance.
Security is vital to the success of your business, be it cybersecurity or your physical premises. A little bit of planning and good employee communication can at least reduce the chances of certain types of damage and theft from your business.