Business Advice

Effective Security Measures for Small Businesses

Craig Upton | 25 June 2021 | 3 years ago

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Safety and security are a top priority for all businesses. Safeguarding staff, merchandise and valuable equipment means being mindful of all possible threats and focusing on proactive risk mitigation.

Conducting regular risk assessments holds the key to accurately identifying threats and ensuring protocols are in place. This is something small and large businesses alike must prioritise, in order to avoid falling victim to criminal acts.

For the smaller business, ensuring adequate security coverage with limited funds available can be particularly challenging. Safeguarding small business premises therefore means considering the smarter security options available, which provides peace of mind without breaking the bank.

Where extensive investment in the most advanced security technology simply isn’t an option, the following six small business security measures can be effective:

  1. Robust Locks
Addressing vulnerabilities around the workplace can often be as simple as fitting an additional lock to a door or window. Likewise, replacing locks at the right time can help reduce the risk of unauthorised access to the business premises. All locks have a limited lifespan, which can be shortened through exposure to the elements and excessive wear and tear. Security experts therefore advise all business owners to inspect and assess the effectiveness of their door and window locks on a regular basis.

  1. A Simple CCTV System
A rudimentary CCTV system can be installed these days for a surprisingly low price. Many now feature IP technology, allowing the feed to be viewed in real-time and recorded using any connected mobile device. CCTV is one of the most effective of all deterrents, making business premises significantly less attractive as targets for criminals. The installation of just a few basic interior and exterior cameras can therefore afford a business an effective layer of protection.

  1. Monitored Alarm Installation
This is a type of system that goes beyond the coverage of a basic burglar alarm, issuing an alert to the owner of the premises (or the relevant authorities) in the event that it is triggered. A major deterrent for opportunist criminals, who are far more likely to set their sights on premises with passive alarm systems. The installation of a basic monitored alarm system is simple enough to handle in-house, without the need to hire a professional contractor.

  1. Blackout Blinds
Simply by impeding visibility from outside the property, it is possible to deter criminals from targeting business premises. Blackout blinds can therefore represent a surprisingly effective deterrent, particularly when installed in premises with glass windows, doors and exterior walls. Intruders are inherently less likely to break into buildings where the interior is hidden from view.

  1. Security Lighting
High-power lighting fixtures combined with motion sensors can serve as a powerful deterrent, while at the same time boosting the effectiveness and coverage of a CCTV system. This is by far one of the most affordable and effective of all small business security measures, particularly where automated exterior security lighting is concerned. As the overwhelming majority of burglaries and security breaches take place in hours of darkness, security lighting is essential for the safety conscious business.

  1. Security Shutters
Lastly, high-quality security shutters can be used to safeguard a business with an extra layer of security, without the need to install window bars, security grilles or traditional roller shutters. The combination of robust materials and market leading in-built locking systems makes for an effective yet surprisingly attractive deterrent, boosting the visual appeal of the premises while deterring would-be burglars.

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