February 15, 2019
Is your Business Secure Out of Hours?
Most business premises aren’t open 24/7, and those that are won’t necessarily have anyone in their building. So how do you secure your business when no workers are present?
Unfortunately there’s no one-size-fits-all approach as every business, building and insurance policy has different requirements. However, there are things you and your employees can do to maximise your security efforts and limit the possibility of becoming a victim of crime.
Prepare Installed Security Systems
Setting your intruder alarm when you’re the last person to leave and checking your CCTV is in good working order may seem like obvious suggestions, but they can be easily overlooked if your mind is elsewhere. It’s surprising how often common sense goes out the window!
Make sure your keyholders and first ports of call are available during periods of lockdown. If your system sends your keyholders an SMS or pop-up notification when your security has been breached, make sure whoever is set to receive these messages will always be in in an area with WiFi/4G/3G and good signal coverage. If that’s not possible, we suggest you change who the notifications are sent to, so someone is notified straight away should an incident take place.
Changing Passwords and Passcodes
How often do you change your passwords and codes? Set a precedent of changing any associated with your security systems, safes, vaults etc. at regular intervals and it’ll soon become a habit. Once you’ve changed the details, keep them to yourself and only share them with keyholders and personnel who may need access if you are unavailable.
Don’t have a Security System? No Problem
If you haven’t got a security system in place, we urge you to consider installing one as statistics show properties with security are targeted far less than those without it. However, there are still things you can do to protect your property and assets if your business does fall into this category.
Invest in a few timer switches. They’re great for preventing intruders, they’re cheap and really easy to use. You can attach timer switches to lights, radios, TVs or any other device you have in your workplace that doesn’t need to be manned. The switches can turn these devices on and off during closed hours to fool potential intruders that someone might be inside.
Installing sensor lights above doors and large windows is another cheap and easy way to prevent crime. They work by illuminating the space around the light whenever someone passes by it. This will put off many intruders as they won’t want to be seen breaking into a property.
If you have any cash inside the building, lock it up in a safe and make sure the safe is hidden. After all, temptation is the root of all evil!
Don’t forget about garages, outhouses, gates and fences when you lock up. Choose good quality padlocks and chains where necessary, and make sure everything outside is taken inside and hidden from view.
We hope you’ve found these points helpful, but if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01908 483233, 01205 449399 or 01733 598039, or drop us a message via our contact page. Don’t forget, you can request your free, no obligation security audit from us at anytime online.
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