Recent studies show that crime against business makes up 20% of all recorded crime in the UK. As some of us are now working from home again, our business is closed, empty and vulnerable. So how can you keep buildings safe and secure during this period?
Here are some good reminders from CSGUK:
The first step is to identify where you are most vulnerable, this can be done by carrying out a risk assessment of the premises. This is because most burglaries are unplanned and criminals usually look for a lack of preventative measures and procedures. By strengthening doors, fitting locks, shutters, grilles, security lighting, Access Control, CCTV, Intelligent safes or an intruder alarm you can deter burglars.
Secondly, it is also advisable to install signs warning the public that CCTV is in operation. Why? Well, it is a good deterrent but will also help with data protection, should you ever have a situation where you need to provide footage. CCTV can provide vital evidence to the police, or insurance company whilst allowing you to monitor who is accessing your premises. Taking extra measures to secure your premises will help reduce insurance costs too - in fact,
most insurers will ask if your property is covered by CCTV.
Third, you should also ensure that your security systems are being maintained, serviced and checked regularly by site qualified people, they will have polices and procedures that are documented, regularly maintaining your equipment can reduce potential faults and increase the lifespan of your system.
Fourth, It is also worth making sure your staff have received awareness training and are able to identify suspicious behaviour and know how to report it.
And Finally, carrying out a regular stock or inventory audit is a good way to find anomalies before it's too late. Remember, if you do have an incident, involve the police and your insurance company immediately, and ensure any broken entry points are secure as you are more at risk immediately after a break-in or a theft.
So keep your business safe and look out for your community. If you have any concerns or want to check your security, CSGUK offers a free security consultative service where we will happily visit your premises and a perform a complete security check, provide you with an estimate and help define what you need at no obligation.
If you’d like to talk to us about specific security products or ask a question about any of our services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us +44 (0) 844 8000 448.
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