Whilst we are busy protecting our small businesses from cyber threats and other digital attacks, it is still important not to neglect another essential aspect of our business: its physical security. Securing your premises is essential, especially if you have a lot of stock and other items and assets which, when lost, may compromise the future of your establishment.
A security alarm system is therefore necessary, and so are well-built, solid doors and windows, durable locks, and secure walls and fencing. But aside from this, you can minimise the threat of break-ins or burglaries by always remembering certain rules, as listed below:
Do not hold cash or stock in your business premises
The most common mistake that some businesses make is keeping cash or stock in their premises, especially at the end of the day. The cash is usually stored in a safe, but remember that safes can be broken into, especially if a burglar with the right equipment has already secured access to your establishment. Make it a rule to deposit cash at the bank at the end of the working day, and to never leave cash or stock during long holidays or when the premises will be left unattended for a certain period of time.
Have someone make periodic visits to your unattended premises whenever possible
If your business will be unattended for some time, it would be wise to arrange for someone to make periodic visits to it, perhaps once or twice a week. Burglars usually look for places which do not seem to be occupied, and the first sign that a property is unoccupied is mail that has been uncollected. Have someone collect the mail, sweep the walk, turn on interior and exterior lights, and perhaps stay for an hour or two just to have observers note a presence in the property.
Test out your security system
If you have security alarms installed in your business premises, test them out occasionally to make sure that they are working well. Those who have wireless alarms should check their system’s remote access and have those who are authorised (keyholders of the system) check their access and control as well. Inform your security provider about your business hours so they will be more vigilant when your business is closed. Aside from making sure your security system works well, you should also test your physical barriers against intruders, which include your entry doors, windows, cellar, roof, and fencing. Check them regularly for holes and vulnerable areas, and make sure doors and windows have no broken locks or fastenings.
Inventory the contents of your premises
As much as it is unpleasant to think of, you have to be prepared for any eventuality. So in the event of a burglary, you would want to know what was taken from your property. Keep a regular inventory of all your supplies and assets, and avail of business insurance so that, if a burglary occurs, you can still recover some of what was lost.
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