In 2016, nearly 9 percent of all small businesses were burglarized, according to Insureon, an insurance company.
Is your business as secure as it could be? Or is it time for you to reevaluate the measures you have taken to protect your business from criminals.
Read on learn these simple tips you should be considering during your evaluation.
Simple Tips to Improve Your Security
How much security is needed at a business varies greatly. It depends on the type of business and what is stored on your premises. But no matter what type of security you need, you need to have it in place before someone comes to try to steal from your business.
Take a look at these simple tips on ways to make your business more secure.
Install Electronic Surveillance
Closed-circuit television surveillance cameras make sense for small business security. They are a cost-effect way to monitor your premises. They can be set up so they can be monitored on-site or remotely.
Install an alarm that will sound whenever an intruder enters an area they aren’t meant to be. This could be the perimeter of your building, certain offices or storage areas, or anywhere else that you don’t want people going – even some employees who shouldn’t have access to what’s inside.
If you store work trucks or inventory on your premises outside of your building, you may need a perimeter alarm system as well.
Criminals love areas where they can hide or that makes it harder to identify them as someone who shouldn’t be on your premises. Use lights to lights to brighten up the areas around doors. Also add lights to any dark areas or spots inside and outside your buildings that might be blocked by inventory, shelving or landscaping.
Cut back any trees, shrubs or hedges that limit your view. Keep your landscaping tidy so criminals know you care and regularly inspect your premises.
Add motions lights to any areas that don’t require constant lighting but will light up the area if someone passes by. This will provide security to you and your employees when you’re walking around but it will also help your cameras take better footage of intruders.
Hire a Security Guard
If your business is located in an area prone to break-ins or your business has a lot of expensive inventory, trade secrets or technology, consider hiring for building security to stay on-site (during business hours or around the clock). If on-site security isn’t within your budget, consider a security service that can do regular drive-by inspections during off-hours.
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