As a business owner, there are few things more frustrating than putting in your hard work building up your company, only to have something happen that makes you wonder whether it was really all worth it – one such situation is encountering a break-in on your premises.
The bad news of waking up one morning to find that a space you own has been encroached upon by an unwanted intruder can be truly devastating. Sometimes it can even be the difference between whether your business goes bankrupt or manages to keep its head above water. The good news is however that there are a few things you can do to prevent the break-in from happening in the first place – and it doesn’t need to be expensive!
Here, we’ll go through some security measures you can implement to help prevent falling victim to a burglary – if you’re still unclear after reading what you can do to up the security of your business, feel free to get in touch with our team on 01427 666111!
Reinforcing Entrances to Your Building
It seems obvious, but what constitutes a secure door? You might think that a standard Yale lock (one of the most popular types of locks for doors) should suffice, but this is seldom the case. Whilst they are excellent for most commercial properties, they won’t stand much chance against persons determined to gain entry.
When installing a new door for security purposes, it’s important to consider the following:
- Re-inforced steel will help keep burglars out if they try to enter by force
- Deadbolt locks are more tamperproof than other versions
- Securely placed hinges on the insides of doors to prevent removal from the outside
- Strike plates that protect the door from being kicked in
Adequate Alarm Systems
Sometimes, a run of the mill burglar alarm simply isn’t going to cut it. Oftentimes, businesses with high-value goods are targeted by criminals who know how to get in an out of a building far quicker than somebody noticing an alarm going off. That’s not to say that there aren’t solutions available to you to make sure you have an appropriate alarm system!
For example, we stock solutions that ensure your business is monitored 24/7, 365 days a year that will immediately notify quality security guards and keyholders who are ready to handle the problem as soon as it happens. Video footage is also important in being able to supply as much detail to the police as possible – which we can also offer.
Help From Your Friends!
As you would at home, it really pays to build relationships with your neighbours and establish a type of neighbourhood watch to help keep everyone safer and less vulnerable to theft. Everyone can benefit from this system, as it means that everyone has each other’s back, meaning that you should also do the same for them.
If there’s some local business around you, consider popping in to say hello and introduce yourself if you’re new in town – your neighbours will be far more likely to keep an eye on your business for you when you’re not there if they have a rapport with you.
You might not realise, but when your building is empty it can be just as important to have adequate lighting on your premises as it is when people are occupying the building. This is because if an area is well lit, there’s more chance that a passer-by might spot someone trying to break into your property, which can be very off-putting for them in choosing your place as a target in the first instance. Consider security lighting that can detect people entering your premises, or floodlights with a continual beam.
In the event that a burglar does opt for your business regardless of the floodlit external lighting, it’s important to make sure that there is some kind of lighting indoors – while this might seem subversive and might make you think it will lead to your building attracting attention, but what it actually does in ensure that any passers-by are more likely to notice movement through your windows, and might recognise that there has been a break-in.
At Tag Systems, we understand that every business and budget is different – if you’re unsure what your business needs are, you can always speak to our team for free advice and guidance. Call us on 01427 666111 or drop us an email to email@example.com. We’ll talk you through the next steps and suggest some products to help you increase your business security.