When a business moves into new premises, it is usually because things are going well and more room is needed to expand. However, this doesn’t mean to say a different property is more safe and secure against the threat of theft and burglaries.
Offences against businesses are still responsible for 20 per cent of all recorded crime in the UK, while cyber crime costs organisations in excess of £21 billion a year. Therefore, all that success and growth could be undone when you move premises if the necessary precautions aren’t implemented.
With this in mind, here is some advice on how to safeguard your new property from Key Patrol, a leading building security services supplier.
Conduct a risk assessment
By identifying where the business is most vulnerable, you can choose the most appropriate and effective security solutions and services. If possible, find out whether the property or premises has been burgled before and go from there.
Address basic security
From strengthening doors to fitting window locks and installing motion sensor lightning, there are various ways you can improve basic security for common access points, as this will protect against amateurish unplanned burglaries. However, you may need to look at alarm systems and CCTV as well, which could be expensive but is much more effective and beneficial in the long run particularly to provide protection from well-planned burglaries or inside jobs.
Protect the workforce
Even though you’ll no doubt have lots of costly assets to protect, your employees should always be top priority. Therefore, make sure they are comfortable in their new surroundings and think about conducting some security training. Along with knowing what to do when a theft occurs, they may also be able to recognise suspicious behaviour and prevent crime form happening in the first place.
Secure equipment and stock
Although you might not like to admit it, employees may also be a security risk. Therefore, be organised with your stock, carry out regular equipment audits and make sure that members of staff responsible for opening or locking up can be trusted. If not, you may need to think about employing the services of a professional keyholding firm.
Prevent information theft
Apart from physical building protection from a security services provider, financial records and employee details are sometimes just as valuable as physical equipment and stock. What’s more, this information tends to be quite sensitive and could ruin the business if found in the wrong hands. Therefore, review computer access controls, install anti-virus software and always shred paper waste.
Seek advice from a professional
If you have concerns over the property’s security or don’t know where and how improvements can be made, contact a professional for help and advice. Building security services company Key Patrol was formed on a combined background of over 50 years experience in the industry and prides itself on delivering tailor-made customer solutions.
Carry out regular checks
Just because you have implemented a number of security systems and solutions doesn’t mean to say that the tactics and techniques used by criminals will stay the same. So, always carry out regular checks to make sure your property and business won’t become a victim of crime.