Don’t make the mistake of exposing your business to risk during these unconventional times
According to the Home Office’s Crime Against Businesses survey of 2018, 18% of businesses across the UK fall victim to crime every year.
The survey was collated over 12 months ago when business life was considerably more ‘normal’ than now so it’s easy to imagine that figures for this current year will show a significant increase.
One of the most obvious effects of the pandemic has been the number of business premises left empty – initially during the strict lockdown, but even now as employees are still working from home to at least some degree. With reduced on-site activity comes the potential for increased criminal attention as thieves and intruders take advantage – and benefit from – the disruption.
What can you do to ensure that you keep your business secure?
The main thing to do is to maintain and check any existing security measures.
Don’t let the current situation distract you from diligently protecting your assets.
If you are leaving your premises empty for any length of time you must ensure: –
- All windows and doors are secure
- Nothing of value, or anything which suggests the presence of valuable items, is on show
- Alarms are activated throughout site
- Any security cameras are operational and positioned to view ‘weakest’ points
- Security lighting is functional and will illuminate any secluded areas
Physical presence is still one of the best deterrents
Sites most at risk are those where there is no activity at all for prolonged periods of time. So, arrange to visit and walk the perimeter of your site as often as you can. This will not only ensure a visible presence, but it will give you an opportunity to check for signs of attempted entry and highlight any points of concern.
Of course, this should only be undertaken when it is entirely safe to do so.
You may prefer to enlist the services of a security guard to patrol your premises regularly (or indeed to man the site permanently). Having a professional involved with your security can also provide additional peace of mind when it comes to responding to any events, caught remotely on camera.