Security Tips for Businesses from Nottingham Business Alarm Installer
The economy is in a precarious state, and many businesses across the country could meet financial ruin if there were to be a break-in or an intrusion at their premises. Costly insurance claims, loss of business, damaged stock and even injuries to staff members can all end up with businesses out of pocket due to criminal activity at their properties. Taking adequate security measures is paramount to ensuring a business can prevent a break-in, or at least catch the culprits and reclaim all expenses. Here are the top five security tips for businesses from Nottingham business alarm installer Mint Security, with advice on which security measures to install and the best working processes to implement.
1. Light It Up
All exterior points of entry to the premises should be lit up adequately, with security lighting and fixtures that are high up or tamper-proof, with a cage or protective barrier. Those attempting to force entry will be less likely to do so if they are in a spotlight as they do it. It is also useful to light the interior of the business during the night, even with dimmed lights, just enough so that someone standing outside of the building can see inside. Anyone interested in intruding will be put off by the fact that they will be in plain view whilst they are inside.
2. Install Alarms
Motion detectors and burglar alarms should be fitted throughout the premises, and all staff taught how to operate them properly to ensure they are set correctly when the premises are unoccupied – this goes down to ensuring the cleaners, who are often first in or last out, are also given adequate instructions and demonstrations. They should be turned on at night as the last person leaves the building, and they should be monitored if possible by a security operative on-site or as close to the premises as possible. Your local Nottingham business alarm installer should offer the option of having the alarm directly connected to a receiving centre or the police, which can take appropriate action should any alarms be triggered.
3. Fit CCTV
In conjunction with the motion-detection alarms fitted across the length and breadth of the business, CCTV cameras should also be fitted to provide an extra layer of security. Whether it is simply a few strategic cameras around entrances or exits, or a thorough system which encompasses every nook and cranny, any video footage captured will be of use in the event of a break-in or burglary.
4. Cards, Not Keys
If possible, install a card or key-pad based entry system rather than a traditional lock-and-key on entrances and exits. Cards are much less easily replicated or tampered with than keys and locks, and will reduce the risk of simple deception seeing burglars being able to get in. Key-pad entry systems also provide an extra level of security, especially when codes can be changed on a weekly basis and only distributed on a need-to-know basis.
5. Keep Staff Up To Date
Ensuring that staff is entirely aware of all security procedures and the correct protocol in the event of an intrusion is vital. In the development of the company’s security and safety plan, it is important to keep all staff in the loop and make sure they understand the ins and outs of the business security system. They should also be notified to be on alert for suspicious behaviour by anyone outside, or even inside the building, and be alerted to the presence of panic buttons or emergency procedures should they spot something amiss.