Security Tips for Businesses
Any business with a physical location is exposed to physical security risks. But with the proper security measures, you can prevent (or minimize) the risks that your business, your employees, and your customers are exposed to.
Here are 7 top tips to secure your business from Emergency Locksmith, the commercial and business security experts.
1. Install high-quality locks
Having high-quality locks on your business premises is important for maintaining security. There are various locks available in the market, each offering different levels of security.
Anti-snap or snap-safe cylinders provide different levels of security and incorporate advanced features to prevent cylinder snapping and other attacks. These locks are made of high-security euro lock cylinders that have been specifically designed and tested to safeguard against unauthorized access.
Properly fitting your locks is crucial for maximum protection. Even if you have high-quality locks, if they are not installed correctly, your premises can still be vulnerable to break-ins. Our team of local locksmiths is here to assist you and provide advice on keeping your business safe. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the peace of mind you deserve.
2. Secure glass doors and windows
Having a high-quality lock is not enough to ensure the safety of your business if your doors are made of glass or if there are easily accessible windows for intruders.
Security grilles and window shutters are an effective method for securing glass entry points, as they create a physical barrier that intruders cannot breach.
3. Deter criminals with CCTV
CCTVs are highly effective in deterring crime and aiding in the identification of criminals. Studies show that the use of CCTV can significantly reduce crime rates by up to 51% as offenders are less likely to target establishments that have surveillance systems. Additionally, CCTV systems offer additional advantages to businesses, including the ability to monitor employee conduct and potentially lower insurance costs.
CCTV is advised for most businesses but is especially important if you have
4. Secure outside your premises
To enhance the security of your premises, it is advised to install security lights, eliminate any tools that can be used by criminals, and make unauthorized entry as challenging as possible (such as over fences and hedges). Similar to CCTV, security lights serve as an effective deterrent for potential trespassers and allow for better visibility of anyone approaching as they are activated by nearby motion detection when installed on the exterior of your building.
Security lights can provide a sense of security for visitors or customers on your premises during dark hours, allowing them to see outside the building. Additionally, implementing tall spiky bushes or high fences around your premises can act as a deterrent for potential intruders, making it more difficult and less enticing for them to break in.
Burglars typically seek out tools and aid to assist in breaking into a premises, such as ladders to access unlocked windows on higher floors or tools and gardening equipment to break locks or glass window panes.
To ensure security, it is recommended to store tools securely and anchor furniture or bins to the ground in order to prevent potential burglaries.
5. Install an alarm system
An alarm system will notify you when an unauthorized person enters your business premises, enabling you to promptly seek assistance. Alarms also serve to minimize the potential damage caused, since intruders typically aim to escape swiftly and spend minimal time at the crime scene.
Installing an intruder alarm system deters intruders effectively. Alarm systems have sensors that notify you or the police of break-ins. The sensors are located within the secured space and monitor movement. When triggered, the motion sensors send a notification.
6. Implement access control
Access control systems, whether mechanical or electronic locks, can prevent theft of cash or stock by requiring a specific code or fob to access designated areas of your business premises.
Access Control Systems provide valuable data to track movements in the vicinity in the event of a security breach, employee incident, or emergency. While primarily used in larger buildings, all companies can benefit from access control systems.
7. Use a safe
Safes, like access control systems, can be effective in limiting access to valuable items, thereby reducing the risk of employee theft and making your premises less appealing to thieves. Freestanding safes, wall safes, and underfloor safes are among the recommended methods for securing cash and smaller valuables such as jewelry, specialized tools, and confidential documents. The loss or damage of these items can have severe consequences for small businesses, so it is important to take measures to protect them.
Safes provide protection for your valuables in the event of unauthorized entry, can potentially lower insurance costs, and offer peace of mind when leaving valuable items unattended.