Safeguarding your business premises from burglary
It is safe to say the last year of COVID-19 and on and off lockdown measures has presented challenges none of us could have foreseen. However, despite the numerous worries presented by lockdown, a drop in crime was a welcome positive effect of the situation.
Unsurprisingly there was a large reduction in burglaries, with ‘stay at home’ being the message. Whilst this has been great for homeowners, businesses have faced having empty premises for months on end, leaving them vulnerable.
Here at Foremost Security, we’ve seen a big increase in enquiries from businesses looking to protect their premises from burglary. So, what are the key things to remember when safeguarding your business?
1. Install security systems
Installing CCTV and security lighting is one of the best deterrents to a potential burglar. If your property has a surveillance system, you are required by law to have signs up declaring that you are filming and as most burglaries will take place in the dark, having security lighting that triggers when motion is detected is a fantastic deterrent to criminals.
Not only does CCTV and security lighting protect personnel and property, it means if somebody does break into your property, you may catch the offender in the act and will have evidence for insurance purposes.
How often do you replace your locks? Especially in businesses where there is a high staff turnover, smart locks may be the best option. Smart locks allow access control so if somebody who shouldn’t still has access, they can be easily removed so access is kept to current staff only.
A Lock and Unlock service also provides an additional level of security during the times staff members and your building, are most vulnerable. By having a dedicated security officer on hand during these times, you can be assured that your building is fully secure, and your people are protected during these periods. It also ensures your premises are protected by setting alarms, turning off equipment, and closing blinds.
3. Alarm systems
Installing an alarm system shortens the amount of time intruders have to do damage. Nominated users will be notified of a trigger through their phone so the situation can be quickly reacted to. Key fobs can be tracked so it is easy to identify who locked and unlocked the door at certain times. A Keyholding and Alarm Response Service is recommended, As your keyholder is triggered by an alarm response, it means that you are covered on a day to day basis. Break-ins can result in significant costs, keyholding helps to prevent these issues from happening and can be a suitable addition to your existing policies.
Your staff are likely to be your most valuable asset and you have obligations to ensure they are safe. Make sure you have a lone working policy in place to protect your employees who work alone. It may make sense to outsource the attendance to alarm call outs to a security professional or have a guard stationed at your premises, so there is a security presence 24/7.
5. Vacant property inspections and mobile patrols
Vacant property inspections and mobile patrols are also good ways to ensure business and employee safety. Having a regular visible security presence is not only a deterrent, but they will monitor potential issues so they can be addressed before they escalate.
Want to know more?
Putting these simple measures in place will make a huge difference to the protection of your business and staff during lockdown and afterwards. To find out more about our services, please navigate around our website: www.foremost-security.co.uk or call us on 0115 911 0213