Our ‘festive five’ to protect your business
As we get closer to Christmas there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to how the festivities might look. Whilst we can’t change the restrictions which Coronavirus will bring, we can make sure that our businesses stay safe and secure when we take this much-deserved winter break.
What should we be doing now to avoid last minute preparation for Christmas security?
Here’s our quick guide to the areas you can address to protect your business – our ‘Festive Five’ if you will: –
1. Prepare your people
It’s wise to review your security polices with staff, ensuring that everyone understands exactly what is expected of them when it comes to access, locking up and keeping equipment and information as secure as possible. Make sure that individuals’ responsibilities are clear, and that key holders and alarm responders are available when needed – even if adverse weather makes travelling difficult.
2. Keep things tidy
Opportunistic thieves love nothing more than a display of valuable equipment ‘there for the taking’. Make sure all valuables, including computer equipment and phones are locked away out of sight or, if the premises are to be left empty for a significant time period of time, perhaps even taken off-site to a secure location.
Cancelling any unnecessary deliveries of stock or supplies will also help to minimise temptation, as well as reduce the possibility of drivers turning up unexpectedly when no-one is on site.
3. Think ‘lights, camera, action…’
Security equipment, such as lighting or CCTV cameras should be serviced and thoroughly checked to make sure they are in good working order. These not only serve as an excellent deterrent, but they will also be the first line of defence should an intruder decide to pay you a visit. After all, those with malicious intentions prefer to work in the darkest places and do not relish having their actions caught on camera.
Why not consider the use of internal ‘smart’ lighting to mimic normal business activity and suggest staff are present throughout the day and night? Again, most thieves would rather break into premises where there is no risk of being confronted by employees.
4. Invest in Security
You might be tightening the belt around Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your business’s security.
Mobile Patrols are not only affordable, but they can cover multiple location in one patrol. So, if you have several warehouses that need protection, this service allows each premises to have the same high level of security without having to pay additional costs.
5. Don’t be an easy target
Let potential thieves know that you take security seriously. Show them that you are no easy target by having clear signage of the security measures you have taken and the professional services you have enlisted.
If security patrols aren’t already something you have in place, consider adopting a regular visit and check by someone who is trained to spot the signs of attempted entry – and trained to deal with any intruders they discover.
Our final tip – and one which many people overlook – is to avoid any mention of shut down or break across social media as your audience may include those who find that information of value.
For more advice on how you can keep your business safe this festive season, contact our security experts for a FREE Security Audit and Risk Assessment. This allows us to identify potential threats and determine the most cost-effective solution for your business this Christmas.