Posted by : Amanda Stein Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Protecting your business is becoming increasingly important, especially following the violence in London last year where numerous businesses were destroyed and vandalised. With so many options available when it comes to securing your premises, it can get a bit confusing. The suggestions below might seem a little extreme but they are some of the best ways of keeping unwanted intruders out of your property. Security measures for business can be used in a number of different ways, from slowing the criminal down to being able to identify who they are.

When a burglar or criminal tries to enter your property, they will realise it’s not worth the effort when they see the numerous safety precautions you have in place and move on to somewhere else. The headquarters of many business can hold extremely valuable products and private business files that a definitely worth protecting. Don’t get caught out, make sure your business is protected by taking on board some of the suggestions below.

1. Locks

It’s a simple precaution, but ensuring all potential entry doors are securely locked is vital. If doors are not properly secured it may invalidate certain insurance policies. Check that all staff are briefed on the importance of keeping the building secure. Consider using heavy duty padlocks at key entry points that cannot be easily broken.

2. Security Gates

If you want to keep vandals and intruders out then security gates are crucial. Not only will they prevent people trying to jump over smaller gates at main entrances, they will stop any suspicious vehicles from entering the property and allow a controlled entrance. These gates are designed to keep people out, with a minimal gap at the bottom so people can try and squeeze under the gates.

3. Windows

Even windows need proper locks, especially those on the bottom floor or out of view. Invest in durable windows that are not smashed easily and fix any damages or cracks as soon as possible. A broken window is almost an invitation for a burglar.

4. Car Park Barriers

Car park barriers are usually used in staff car parks to monitor entry and prevent illegal parking. They are an effective way of deterring unauthorised members of the public from entering your property and keeping potential vandals away.

5. Lighting

This is probably the most obvious suggestion, but one that people can easily forget. If your property is does not have adequate lighting then it makes an intruders life much easier as they can creep through the dark undeterred. Take precautions and ensure your entire grounds are properly lit so that security guards can see what is going on at all times. Try and get hold of some vandal proof lights so that they can’t smash their way into concealed darkness.

6. Turnstiles

Turnstiles may seem a bit over the top in a staff car park, but the truth is many companies use them to not only protect their building but to keep staff safe. Some businesses can often be confronted with angry customers so it’s best to keep the general public out, and turnstiles are an effective way of doing this. They offer complete access control and can be operated in a number of different ways.

7. Fencing

If you want your property to be completely protected then you should have your entire grounds guarded by fencing. There are lots of different types of fencing so you can choose a level of protection that is relevant to your business. For example, if you need high security protection then you can get fences with barbed wire on top, preventing anyone from climbing over the top.

8. Alarm Systems

It is crucial for any business to have alarm systems to protect their property. It is the first point of deterrence and the sound of a loud alarm can often scare intruders away. You can get quite basic alarm systems for smaller businesses and there are lots of different options depending on what sector your business is in. For example, an IT company will have a very different alarm system to a jewellery shop.

9. Security Guards

It’s worth investing in security guards to patrol your property and watch for intruders 24 hours a day. You don’t want to make the criminals life any easier. If they see a business without security guards they might see it as an easy target. If you employ people to watch out for intruders and vandals then they should be able to describe and help catch criminals who damage your property.

10. CCTV

CCTV can be used as both a preventative measure and to identify suspects. You can catch criminals in the act on camera and use this to prosecute them, but best of all you can try and prevent anything happening in the first place. Monitoring live CCTV gives security guards the chance to raise the alert when they spot any unusual activity. They can they go and deal with the situation and remove intruders from your property.

This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are endless ways to protect your business and many different precautions you should take. However, if you can implement most of the above then you should be on your way to creating a safe environment for staff and protecting your valuable business property. Don’t get caught out, be confident that your property is well protected.

Neil Maycock writes articles about Barriers and Security Products for MDS Security LTD

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