There’s no escaping it, certain premises attract crime and empty offices at night and on the weekends are just that kind of building. Hardware, cash and office equipment are all vulnerable to theft and vandalism, and while security should be embedded in our routine, the pressures of management often mean it slips down the priority list. We can’t allow this to happen. Follow these tips to protect your business and staff.
Secure doors and windows
It sounds obvious, but there are only two ways a burglar is going to enter your premises; through the door or through the window, so why don’t more people secure these weak spots? There are nearly 800,000 burglaries a year in the UK and doors and windows need to be the primary security concern. Security cameras may deter a thief or help catch a criminal after the fact, but secure doors and windows actually stop burglars entering in the first place.
Doors and windows may need replacing because they pose more of a security risk as they age. Many companies nowadays, such as Minster Windows, offer doors and windows that are certified Secured By Design (SBD), a police initiative that estimates this reduces burglary by 42%. While no product guarantees crime prevention, all businesses and managers should consider upgrading as a low-tech but highly effective security measure.
Once you have all your doors and windows secured, lock away valuables when the office isn’t occupied. Watermark everything of value and advertise this by placing stickers or signs on the window. Avoid becoming part of the crime statistics.
Once the windows and doors are secured, a CCTV system is the next step in office security as few burglars want to be caught on screen. Modern cameras have come down significantly in price and now look much sleeker than before. They are also much less intrusive.
Positioning is key. Cameras need to be visible, but they also need to be able to capture key entry points. Multiple cameras is also an option, and a necessity in some cases.
It pays to know who visits your business premises. Identifying, tracking, and documenting people who enter your office is an important security step. Security protocols are only as effective as their weakest link. Install a visitor management software to make the process more secure. Have a manual sign-in book as a back-up. Visitor documentation doesn’t stop just because the electronic systems are down.
Don’t ignore cybercrime
Cyber security is important and about to become more so. All computers must be password protected, and all passwords must be both long and strong. It is vital that your operating systems are up to date, and that anti-virus software is used and all files are backed up.
Nowadays thieves may steal a laptop because the data is more valuable than the hardware, so you must secure all devices if left on the premises overnight. You might also consider training your staff to censor themselves on social network. If employees post when they are ‘home’ or ‘at work’, then thieves will know when premises are empty or occupied.
Finally, consider isolating financials. If possible, do all your online banking on a dedicated computer to reduce the use, and therefore the risk, of a security breach.