10 ways – To Better protect your business from crime
24 May 2018
Crime remains a big concern for many small and big firms. Offence’s against business are on the rise. Meanwhile criminal / shop lifters are continually looking for more ingenious ways to rob honest, hardworking business owners. So here are some tips to show you how can you limit the risk you face?
1. Locks and Padlocks – Locks on all outside entrances and inside security doors should be double cylinder deadbolts with removable collars. Serial numbers should be filed off to prevent new keys from being made.
2. Doors – all outside and/or security doors should be of solid construction, metal lined and secured with heavy metal crossbars. Jams around doors must be solid.
3. Windows – should have secure locks. An eg would be the installation of polyester security. However, this must be used together with the alarm’s glass break sensor.
4. Lights – must provide optimum visibility, both inside and out, with outside lights having vandal-proof covers over the lights and power sources. Your entire perimeter must be well lit, especially around doors and other possible entries.
5. Alarm System – should be installed by a licensed alarm company with a central monitoring station. Check the alarm system on a daily basis, and advertise its presence to deter break-ins with the company’s sticker or yard sign.
6. Cash Register – should be kept in plain view from outside the building so it can be easily monitored and should be left open when empty and not in use.
7. Safe– must be fire proof, burglar resistant, anchored securely & in plain view. Leave it open when it is empty & use it to lock up valuables when business is closed
8. Building Exterior– should be checked including the roof, basement, and walls. Secure all openings. Maintain good visibility by not allowing landscaping, boxes, trash bins, vehicles, or equipment near your building where they might provide concealment or access to the roof.
9. Perimeter Fences – need to be adequate enough to keep intruders out, and at the same time allow good visibility of your business by neighbors and police.
“All outside and/or security doors should be ….”
“…at the same time allow good visibility of….”
“do not allow employees to leave them lying around…”
- Key Control and ID Numbers– A master key system where one key open all locks may be convenient, but it may not be the best for security. Code all keys, keep them securely locked when not in use, and do not allow employees to leave them lying around or make duplicates. Marking equipment with ID numbers should be displayed to make this plainly evident to would-be thieves.
Crime changes because criminals know they need to find different or more sophisticated methods if they are in to stay ‘in business’. Make sure that your security measures remain up to the challenge. Do this at least once a year and always remain open to suggestions from your staff about how you can better protect your businesses.
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