With expensive technology and other capital assets playing a large role in every business, it’s important you make sure that you have the right security in place to protect you and your company. You should also remember that you need to secure your premises.
1. Protecting your premises
One of the first points of entry into your property is the doors or windows. To ensure your premises are as secure as possible, have metal roller doors or bars fitted by Security Direct. These will deter any unwanted intruders from gaining access.
2. Fitting cameras
If you are going to fit a CCTV system to protect your business, you must by law make sure that you have sufficient signage showing that you have cameras fitted and who controls them. You should always keep the footage for 31 days and also keep the camera lenses clean.
3. External security lighting
The Surrey Police website has some basic ideas on how to protect your business and fitting external lighting is just one of them. You can buy permanent low-cost systems that will detect movement near your premises with the intention of deterring any burglars.
4. Fire alarms
A guide on the HMGovernment website explains how to protect your business from fire. There are certain regulations and fire risk assessments that must be adhered to, so fitting smoke detectors and alarms and liasing with your local fire service is important.
5. Protect your computers
In 2014 the Federation for Small Businesses estimated that cyber crime cost £785 million per year. Using the internet is a daily practice for businesses and it’s important that you protect your systems with the latest antivirus software.
6. Using safe passwords
Many companies tend to use the same password for all their computers, but to reduce the chance of being hacked each PC station should have an individual password.
7. Access control systems
Rather than having a basic lock fitted to your businesses doors, it’s worth purchasing an access entry system that requires a code number or pass card with an individual microchip. This not only deters criminals but also allows you to monitor the movement of staff.
8. Burglar alarms
Having a burglar alarm fitted is a standard requirement needed by your insurance company and the modern alarm system can do so much more than just ring an annoying bell. You can get instant alerts to your smart phone or home computer and the local police will also receive a warning.
9. Bank your cash
If you’re dealing with cash on a daily basis it’s important that no money is left on the premises overnight. Taking it straight to the bank is the safest method, but make sure you vary the time and don’t go alone. Leave the tills open and empty at night!
10. Smart sprays and smoke
Shoplifting and robbery is all too common, but technology is catching up with the criminals. Many shops now have a variety of security measures in place including smart sprays and smoke. These leave a colour or ultraviolet sensitive residue that can’t be removed from the robber or shoplifter.