February 2022

No matter the size or shape of your commercial property, protecting those who work within your building as well as the contents inside is vital to creating a safe and secure working environment. There are a variety of fundamental security measures that will ensure that your stock, equipment, premises and workforce are all safeguarded. In this post, we are going to explore the top tips to ensure that your commercial property is fully protected.

Running a Risk Assessment

Without understanding the weaknesses of your commercial property, it is impossible to understand the correct measures that need to be taken to ensure that your business is protected. That is why we recommend running a site-specific risk assessment. It is recommended that you also involve your workforce in the risk assessment as they will be able to identify risks that perhaps only they deal with, allowing you to source important feedback.

Install an Intruder Alarm System

Commercial intruder alarm systems can help to reduce your property's security risk massively. Intruder alarm systems are designed to alert intrusion. Devices can be connected, wired or wirelessly, to a control panel (the brain of the system). If a device is triggered an alarm will be set off, alerting you of intrusion. At best, intruder alarm systems will deter crime, however, even in the worst-case scenario, you will be alerted when your premises have been breached.

Lighting is Key

Proper lighting can prevent criminals from even attempting to break into your property. Thieves thrive in dark spaces as it means they can hide their activities. As a basic measure, you should avoid skimping on lighting in key areas, including cark parks, entrances and exits, windowed areas and inventory spaces. You could even ensure that the interior is well-lit outside of working hours, ensuring that there is nowhere to hide.

Install a CCTV System

CCTV (closed-circuit television) can be added to any commercial property to increase protection and security. CCTV footage can either be viewed in real-time or stored for later viewing purposes. The main goal of a CCTV system is to deter theft or other crimes from actually happening. However, if this is unsuccessful, then CCTV will still capture valuable evidence and could save you thousands.

Secure Entrances & Exits

Of course, for criminals to successfully burglarise your commercial property, they need to find a way in and a way out. Meaning that one of the most important aspects of securing your building is the entrances and exits. It is important to ask yourself how to secure entry and exit doors and windows are when they’re used and who has access to them. High-quality locks and door access systems are also advantageous for your property and offer high levels of security and access control. It’s worth checking that staff are aware of exit procedures too – ensuring all windows are closed and secure before they leave.

Layer Up your Security

Ensure that if a criminal does gain entry, you make it as difficult as possible for them. Lock away important documents and stock in a safe or room with additional security locks or access control keypads. Consider your data – thieves don’t just steal physical items – they might be wanting to steal digital information. Make it a priority that any computers and databases are password protected.

Take a Second Look

Sometimes it can be worth the time to step back and ask yourself one simple question –  ‘if I were to try and break in, how would I do it?’. Doing this exercise can often have some surprising results. Take a walk around your property and look for ways to access the building.

Regardless of the size of your commercial property, your budget and those who work within your building, there are a wealth of fundamental strategies that can be implemented to ensure that you are keeping your property as safe as possible.

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