Procurement 3 November 2016

Three ways to secure your business premises from intruders

Secure your business
All it takes is forgetting to lock a single window for your business to be left vulnerable

Writing for Business Advice, Andy Edser, engineering director of security manufacturers Bradbury Group, gives the owners of small companies three essential pieces of advice to how best secure your business premises from external physical threats.

The premises of even the smallest businesses can be filled with items that total thousands of pounds’ worth of value — not to mention any cash or confidential information you may store onsite.

As warehouses, factories, and office buildings are generally left vacant on evenings and weekends, they are particularly vulnerable to threat – especially if a thief is aware of any high-value items on your premises.

Read on to find out exactly how to secure your business from external threats, so you can rest assured that your staff and property are always kept secure.

While it isn’t nice to dwell on the negative aspects of life, if you make and maintain these improvements to your business premises, you and your staff will be able to perform your work without having to worry about external security threats.

Set up a security rota

An instant improvement you can make to your business’ security is to set up a rota among your workforce to ensure that the last person out of the office each evening locks and secures all doors and windows. This should be officially recorded – either digitally or on paper – to avoid any miscommunication.

The week’s rota should be emailed to all of the relevant members of staff at the start of each week to ensure they know when it is their duty to lock-up.

Creating a rota to make secure your business premises each evening may seem simple, but it will significantly improve the building’s security level, as all it takes is forgetting to lock a single window for your business to be left vulnerable.

Furthermore, as the Telegraph reports, if a thief gains access to your property through an open window your insurance may not cover any losses you suffer as a result of the theft.

Upgrade your windows and doors

After setting up your security rota, the first thing you should do is perform a survey of your site’s most vulnerable points. This includes all access points, as even the most amateur of thieves will be able to make short-work of a dilapidated door or window.

Inspect every window and door on your premises — if any of them are broken or look vulnerable, have them replaced immediately.

If you store confidential information or extremely valuable items on site, it may be worth swapping your standard doors and windows for their high-security alternatives. Buy from a certified manufacturer that produces doors and grilles that are LPS 1175-rated and you can be certain of the level of security you’re getting.

After you’ve upgraded all of the units that require it, you should schedule security inspections every six months to make sure your access points always offer adequate protection.

Install an intruder alarm

If you don’t already have one, the next step to secure your business premises is installing a security alarm.

If you ever leave equipment of any value unattended on your site, you should make sure to invest in an alarm system from a security that offers fully monitored alarms that notify the key-holders and the emergency services if they are ever activated.

This will go a long way to secure your business premises from theft and is an essential for any business that stores valuable items or confidential information on its site.

Make these simple upgrades and you’ll significantly improve the security level of your business premises, ensuring the safety of your staff as well as the items and information you keep on site.

Andy Edser is engineering director at Bradbury Group.

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