Business Security: Keep Sites and Empty Premise’s Secure
There are likely many times throughout the year where you may find your building or site vacant for an extended period of time, or even just over the weekend. Whilst it is vacant it is particularly important to ensure your business security procedures are up to scratch to avoid any break ins. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light this issue even more, having shut down many businesses, buildings and work sites whilst the country went into lockdown. Whilst these businesses are now opening up once again, it has proven the importance of ensuring your business security is up to scratch for when your premises is vacant.
Perform a Risk Assessment
The first step to improving your security is to perform an in-depth risk assessment to identify any weak points. During this assessment, make sure to discuss with staff if they have noticed any weak points and make sure research crime in your area. Through performing a risk assessment, you will be able to identify where your security can be improved.
Strengthen Entry Points
During your risk assessment make sure to identify all possible entry points; there are likely several ways to get into your property. Make sure that all the doors and windows are of high-quality materials and have appropriate locks. Then, make sure these are enforced when leaving the property.
CCTV and Alarm Systems
Having CCTV and alarm systems in place is a must on any premises, it not only helps to identify any intruders should the worst happen, but it actually works to deter them in the first place. With any business alarm system, make sure you are changing the code on a regular basis particularly if you have a high staff turnover.
Store Valuables Safely
Valuable equipment such as laptops as well as confidential documents should be stored in a secure location and locked away securely. Having extra security measures for expensive equipment will help deter anyone who does enter the premises from taking valuable items.
Fencing and Barriers
Ensure the perimeter of your property is secure is one of the best ways to deter potentially criminals. Having fencing and barriers will deter thieves from even attempting to enter. In addition, security lighting can also help deter people from attempting to enter the premises.
In addition to physically protecting your business, make sure your firewall and anti-virus systems are installed and up to date. Cyber crime is constantly on the rise and whilst you may be protected physically, you should ensure you are also protected online.