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Preventing Crime Within Your Business

Establishing any problem within crime and prevention towards your business is the most important factor for any company. You may feel that you have completed all of the precautions for your organisation, but have you thought in depth of the secretive ways in which thieves can find the holes in your security?

Here are the steps we recommend you take in order to remain protected-

Perform A Risk Assessment

The first step toward solving any problem is establishing exactly what is causing it. This is just as true when it comes to securing your business as it is in all other things. A risk assessment should identify vulnerable areas and weak spots, in order that they are addressed by any subsequent action you take.

It may be that you have already fallen victim to crime. If so, then learn from your mistakes and take action, so that the same vulnerability cannot be exploited over and over again. For example, if you have an employee who leaves a door open during the night-time shift while going for a cigarette break and thereby allows a thief to get in, the best way of stopping future attacks is to ensure that the door is never left open again.

A risk assessment may reveal many such problems. Many of them may be fixable with just a few changes put into practice – these changes can be put into effect without spending any money at all, but by instructing staff as to how these problems may, in future, be avoided.

While there are some problems which can be addressed with a few changes in practice, there are others which may require some further investment.

Secure Premises & Deter Thieves

When you have identified all of the potential weak areas of your premises, you should make sure that they are all properly secured

These are the ways in which your premises will remain secure-

  • Fitting additional locks and lighting.
  • Getting rid of certain doors and windows in order to bring in more robust replacements.
  • Purchasing an alarm system properly advertised with signs and flashing lights.
  • If you have a great deal of high-value stock, then a good investment would be to put up security shutters.

The best ways to deter thieves-

  • Ensure that the lights are kept on.
  • Install mostion-sensitive lights.
  • Consider the purchase of an intruder alarm.
  • CCTV or a dummy CCTV camera for effect.

Offer Safety Training

Undoubtedly, one of the best decisions to protect your company against any security problems is to ensure that every single member of staff has been trained properly in their prevention. This could be completed in the form of a formal course, which is organised by a specialist company, or maybe a more informal approach, where advice is given as work continues. Overall, this will make sure that the damaging impact of any incident is minimised.

For example, a securely-run shop might remind all of it’s till staff about the importance of regular safe drops so that the large amounts of it are not allowed to accumulate on the premises, as a result, the impact of a robbery is thereby limited.

It is especially important that staff members know how to cooperate with any criminals who threaten them in any way. After all, human life is worth more than whatever the thieves might intend to take off with.

Secure & Keep Track Of Your Equipment

As we have already mentioned, even if you do have the most rugged security arrangements and your equipment is kept under lock and key, it may be that it sometimes goes missing.

If you are in the habit of recording when and where all of your equipment is being moved around, and by carrying out regular stock counts in order to spot any inconsistency, then this danger may be reduced. Also, petty cash is particularly attractive to thieves, as it is portable and its absence can be disguised as, or mistaken for an error.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could keep track of all of your business’s assets so that they can be recovered if they’re stolen? Fortunately, there are technologies that will allow this, which mostly come in the form of special labels and miniature electronic GPS trackers. This technology is now fairly common in smartphones, many of which now grant their owners the ability to locate any lost or stolen property.

How To: Protect Sensitive Information

Today we live in a world in which information can be just as valuable as cash and goods. For that reason alone we should handle everything sensitively and in accordance with the data protection act. If your sensitive information is stored either digitally or physically, it is always important that access to it is always restricted.Meaning that every individual should hold strong passwords, that are memorable for themselves but cannot be easily guessed.

You should also make sure that malicious hackers cannot gain access to your sensitive data through the internet. This requires that security software, such as firewalls and anti-viruses are installed. And it also requires that they are kept up-to-date and equipped to deal with any new threats that may arise.

Time to Evaluate

Security is not something which can be permanently fixed and then forgotten about. The situation is constantly evolving, new technologies are becoming available which better protect your premises and new methods are being devised by the criminals.

For this reason, it is important that you undertake periodic reviews, which identify problems before they occur and take preventative action. These security audits should ideally be performed at annual intervals. Once done, they can hugely benefit the security of your business as a whole and its general performance in the long-term too.