There are a considerable number of factors that determine what type of crime a business might be at risk of. For the most part, the threats can be linked to the location, size of the business, industry and of course their accessibility.
The one clear thing is that all types of businesses face security issues and for this reason, it is really important to ensure that no matter what sector you are in you follow best practise for security.
Here are 20 tips to help you improve the security of your business.
1. Appoint one person to oversee security
It is important that you identify one person who is trustworthy enough to be the project manager for your site security. This might be a longstanding, trusted employee, or it might be yourself. The person does not need to be an expert in all things cybersecurity, but they do need to be able to do a number of other things. These include being able to track and monitor access to the security information, being the point of contact for service providers. They also need to be responsible for both ensuring the maintenance of the security systems and updating keyholder information.
2. Have a maintenance plan
Having a maintenance plan in place will help you to avoid any inaccurate alarms. This is something that could cost you in unnecessary replacements.
3. Contact Tag Systems
While many companies believe it is unnecessary to have a contract in place with an installer for maintenance, here at Tag Systems, we disagree. A knowledgeable installer will be able to offer you invaluable expertise, ensure your system is up to date and that any issues are dealt with promptly before they have a chance to compromise your security.
4. Review your technology
Technology is constantly changing, and it is important to keep up to date so that you can take advantage of new products that can improve your security. If you have a contract with a security installer this is something, they will be able to assist you with if you are not sure which products are right for you.
5. Look out for site changes
This is especially important with larger sites. Any member of your staff has the potential to make changes to your site that may cause a security issue. This could be as simple as parking near a site fence and allowing others to gain access. Carry out regular checks to ensure you know what is going on and can do something about it promptly.
6. Check for planned system and IT updates
If you have remote monitoring stations of alarm receiving centres, then this is very important. Ensure that your alarm receiving centres are aware of any scheduled updates that are in place. Even if your network goes down for a moment, it could compromise your security when it cuts their connection to the site. Re-establishing the connection is not always easy.
7. Check CCTV footage
Look at your CCTV footage to see what is going on. If the level of detail you receive isn’t clear enough then you may need to adjust it.
8. Sort your security objectives
Be clear what you want to achieve from your security system. Some people want to implement number plate recognition, others want to monitor the flow of people to and from the site.
9. Don’t share security details with lots of people
Do not share your security details with a large group of people, keep it small. Think about who needs to know what, and don’t forget when someone leaves you will need to update any information, they had access to.
Have a list of keyholders and review it regularly because circumstances change. Do you have the correct contact details, have people moved further away? These are things that will matter in an emergency.
11. Consider the seasons
The security requirements of your site will change with the seasons. Daylight hours and weather conditions can have an impact on your CCTV and intruder alarm systems. In winter check your lighting is sufficient.
12. Remember the bills
Remember to pay your bills on time. If you delay your electricity or internet payments, you might find your security system and CCTV being cut of leaving your site wide open to security risks.
13. Crisis management plan
Security issues can happen, so it is important to have an effective crisis management plan in place. This should include details of the points of contact, how different scenarios should be dealt with and details of assembly point locations and how you will review a crisis later to stop it happening again.
14. Understand the performance of your current system
Ask for a report on how your security is performing from your alarm receiving centre and the remote monitoring station.
15. Be aware of what you share
The smaller your business, the more important this is, be careful what information you share with others. If your out of office tells others your entire office is unoccupied for a set period, you could be risking an opportunistic break in.
16. Talk to your remote monitoring station
Let your remote monitoring station know of any changes. This might be changes in work patterns, building work that will be taking place etc. This is information that can help when it comes to the accurate reviewing of CCTV footage.
17. Think outside your site
Not all security risks occur on your site. If you have employees working offsite consider their security. You may also want to consider other factor occurring close to your site such as a new company moving in next door or building work. Assess each situation individually and put appropriate measures in place.
18. Sector-specific risks
Different types of businesses face different risks. Look at the issues other businesses in your industry have faced and consider if these are things you need to be concerned about. This will help you to put measures in places that will help minimise the risks.
Display clear signage on your site that you have CCTV in operation. The yellow and black signs are a legal requirement, but it can also be a good idea to display ones that mention your CCTV is being monitored by security professionals live. This can be a great deterrent.
20. Consider access control
It is worth considering whether your site needs access control. If there are continually people coming and going, then this will give you real peace of mind. It will also allow you to know who is where and, in the event of an emergency you can also see who is missing.