How secure is your business premises?
All businesses are susceptible to criminal damage such as theft, vandalism and arson.
A Home Office report issued in 2018 estimates the total cost of crime in England and Wales in 2015/16 to be approximately £50bn for crimes against individuals and £9bn for crimes against businesses. 1
To safeguard your employees and your business premises, you need to take a comprehensive approach to security.
Here are the key areas to prioritise:
1) Make sure all access points are secure
Access points include external and internal doors, fire doors, and windows. You may decide to have strengthened external doors fitted if your business is susceptible to attack.
All the locks you use on doors and windows should be highly secure and adhere to British safety standards. Check to see if your insurance policy mentions a type of lock. Some insurance companies will specify a certain standard of lock.
All windows should be closed and locked when the building is empty. If you are prone to break-ins, then fit burglar bars such as grilles made of steel as these will offer an additional layer of protection.
All windows should have locks, and you may want to install strengthened shutters to protect windows on the ground floor that could be vulnerable to attack.
2) Secure the perimeter of your property
As well as securing your building, you also need to control access to the perimeter of your property. If the nature of your business puts you at high risk of intrusion, it may be necessary to install ram raid barriers.
Regularly check your gates and perimeter fences and walls for any damage that could weaken them. You may also want to install anti-climbing measures such as barbed wire to stop intruders from scaling walls or fences.
Install motion detectors that set off lights in any areas where an intruder could hide. If you’re in a built-up area, putting lights at all entry points will soon alert people nearby to an intruder.
If you have security guards, CCTV will help them to monitor the whole building while alarm systems will alert them to any unusual activity on the premises.
3) Control who has access to your premises
In addition to securing access points, you should also control who has access to your business premises.
There are a few different ways to achieve this. You could install locks that have registered keys – duplicates can only be made with your consent. Or you could use a keypad system that allows access if you enter the correct PIN – you have control of setting the number, and you can change it as frequently as you like.
Alternatively, you could have an entry card system that allows access when you swipe a card. These cards should only be activated and deactivated by you or your security team.
4) Allocate areas of responsibility
Either the business owner or an appointed security officer should take responsibility for the safeguarding of the building. This means that one person sets security and alarm codes and keeps a register of who has access to passes and keys.
They should produce a comprehensive security policy that all employees must follow. Emphasise to all staff that they share responsibility for monitoring visitors and keeping access points secure. Any loss of keys or entry cards should be reported immediately.
During the day, you may have a receptionist positioned at the main point of entry, who can monitor visitors. At night, you may want to place a security guard in this position, especially if your business premises is used overnight.
Would you like free expert advice on how to secure your business premises?
Stuart will conduct a FREE security survey to assess your business premises and check for any points of weaknesses in your security.
To find out more, call Stuart on 07900 335525 or visit www.rocks-locks.co.uk