According to a report on policing business premises, if you are starting up a business that has retail premises, you are more likely (as a new business) to suffer from commercial burglary than an established business. This fact shows that new businesses would be wise to concentrate on security for their premises from the start of the venture. The belief is that as businesses become more experienced, they become more aware of the need for security and its effect on profits. However, a new business need not be at more risk, and if you are contemplating starting a new business, here are a few ways that you can keep your premises more secure from attack.
An alarm system is a vital part of your premises’ security, and having one installed will deter most casual burglars simply by being in place. Fitting a system that goes to a central control room will mean added security and quicker reaction times to any break-in, and that it has been professionally installed. A badly fitted alarm system will give you a false sense of security, and is a false economy, so make sure you only fit quality.
All of the doors on a property should be fitted with high quality commercial door locks as a minimum, and the fitting of locking bars should be considered on as many doors as possible. Obviously, a lock is useless on a poor quality door, so you should fit reinforced doors with strong frames, and make sure that the hinge pins cannot be removed. Windows and shutters also need locks of the highest quality, and deadlocks all around the property are a must.
Criminals like the dark, so you need to have lighting fitted all around your premises. Your security lighting needs to be carefully considered, especially as lights are so fragile. Your lighting needs to be professional, so that it is difficult to break or disable, and strong enough to penetrate every doorway or recess that could be vulnerable. Fitting sensors is usual on a commercial lighting system, but you should make sure that the sensitivity is set correctly, and you must keep up a maintenance and testing schedule if you want good lighting security.
Shutters fitted to openings around your premises are a great deterrent to any would be burglar, and for a lot of potential break-in’s a deterrent is often enough. Windows and doorways should always be completely enclosed, as an open pane of glass is an invitation to a burglar. Your premises may not be the most beautiful business building on the block, but at least it will be secure
A security guard at your premises is obviously a great way to improve your security, but not all companies can justify the expense, and many business premises are too small to warrant it. However, employing drive by security is often a possibility, and many small businesses share the cost of employing a security firm to cover a few properties. It could be worth talking to other businesses in the area to see if anything is already in place, or whether you can find some other like-minded businesses to share the cost of the security. Whatever security you have in place, make sure it is well advertised, and can be seen. The fact that you have security will help to stop many criminals, and the more security measures you have in place, the less likely you are to be broken into.