Insurance 15 January 2019

How to protect your business premises from intruders

When it comes to intruders, even one extra security measure is better than none

The threat of theft within your business is enough to keep you up at night. How well do you sleep these days?

The possibility that intruders could gain access to your premises should be absolutely unacceptable to you.

Luckily there are a number of attainable means to better protect your merchandise and property. The money you’ll save thanks to these items will quickly make up for the initial capital investments, so read on for your best solutions for 2019.

Your business and security

So how can we comprehend the nature of intrusion anyway?

The reality is that bigger cities tend to house more people. Where there are more people there is usually more suffering. Poverty always has a direct correlation to the amount of crime within a city or town.

When people are driven to desperate measures they, unfortunately, end up taking what doesn’t belong to them. More often than not this emerges in the form of business premises intrusions.

If you know this is a reality in your area, securing your business should be your number one priority after making profits. It doesn’t only provide you with peace of mind but it’s how you ensure the continuation of profits in the future.

There are both internal and external ways of securing your premises. For businesses located in bigger shopping centres, external measures will usually be taken care of by the property owners in the form of:

In the event of any of these methods proving faulty, your business interior needs to be protected equally well.

Access control devices you need

There are a number of measures you can implement today that will instantly take your business security to the next level.

When it comes to intruders, even one extra security measure is better than none. Carefully consider each of the following and identify areas where you could improve.

Sensors

Sensors and alarm systems are the most popular means of controlling intrusions. They’re usually once-off investments and require little maintenance even after long periods of performance.

Sensors will usually be placed around any possible access points within your business. They can be enabled and disabled as needed. Your closing manager could ensure that they’re turned on every evening just before the premises becomes vacant.

Should any of the access points be breached during the night, the sensors would detect this and sound an alarm. Law enforcement could be on the way in a matter of minutes.

Usually, the wild ringing of the alarm is enough to make most intruders flee the scene.

Fencing

Fencing is the more old-fashioned route to better security within a business, but it still works.

Installing fencing around the premises, or up against the doors and window fronts, can do well to keep most problem causing individuals out. Getting through even the thinnest fencing is a time-consuming activity and one not likely to be attempted by intruders. Your business and stock will be safe during the twilight hours.

The only issue with fencing is that it’s bulky and exceptionally noticeable. It can ruin aesthetics. If this is not of concern to you then fence away.

Security bollards

To further secure your building premises you could look to having security bollards installed.

This method would likely have to be taken up with the building owners and would require a bit of time to put into action.

Security bollards act as giant space eating devices that essentially prevent any unauthorised vehicles from getting within your vicinity. This could do wonders in adding one extra barrier between your business and intruders.

Getaway cars are key instruments in any successful business heist. By preventing the vehicles from getting close enough to the property one could possibly ensure that no criminals ever bother with your store at all.

Security bollards come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Advance Access install thousands of quality bollards each year, giving business owners some peace of mind.

Stock protection

In the event that an intruder is able to gain access to your premises, it becomes necessary to have your stock further secured on the inside.

Yes, this does add just another thing to remember before closing each day. But it could mean the difference between you losing thousands or just a few hundred. The choice is yours.

Secure your stock on the inside of your business using devices such as cages, chains, locks and exploding ink tags (where possible).

Making it harder for the intruders to successfully escape with stock could buy law enforcement valuable time in getting to the premises before they can flee. Making stock unusable once stolen (exploding ink) will also lead intruders to look elsewhere for goods to take.

Who benefits?

A shorter list would be who doesn’t benefit from increased business protection; the intruders, to be specific. Those who benefit include:

  • Business owners: Sleep easy and rest assured that your business is more secure than many of your competitors’ spaces. Knowing that you aren’t at risk of losing your livelihood should be worth the cost of security installation alone.
  • Customers: Creating safe and secure premises in which your customers can rely on consistent business is invaluable. It shows you not only care about your business but about them as well.
  • Building owners: Building owners will be pleased about the enhanced security of their properties.
  • Employees: Your employees will feel comfortable knowing that their place of work is not in jeopardy. Relaxed workers will lead to more productivity and job satisfaction.

Protecting your business from intruders is a sure way to a long, successful journey in the retail industry.

It brings benefits to more individuals than you might think: And only really inconveniences one group of people. The thieves! We’ll take those odds any day.

Access control is a critical point of concern in any big city and should be addressed accordingly. In which areas do you realise you need to improve?

Secure your premises today and thank us later.

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