To protect your investment as a property owner, your place of business needs to have the right security measures in place.
It’s not until things go wrong that you realize you should have made security a priority from the beginning.
While it is possible to take care of some security measures yourself, calling in the help of a professional is first prize.
So, how do you know whether your business premises is secure enough?
Start with an Audit
Most people have a general idea of how to secure a property or building. However, a professional has an eye for security weaknesses and could help you prevent break-ins and other crimes.
What’s more, professionals know more about the latest equipment and what is best for your building or property.
Scheduling a security audit is the first step in making sure your building, assets, and employees are protected.
Let’s get into the specifics of what makes a business secure.
Review Building Security Features
The security you require depends on the type of business you operate. Some of the most common building security features include:
- Steel doors in areas customers don’t access
- Metal security gates for storefronts
- Alarm systems that are linked to motion sensors, breaking glass detectors and windows and doors
- Deadbolts and double cylinder deadlocks
- External and motion lighting
- Fencing around parking areas
- Security cameras that record video
- Secure safes
- Bullet-proof security glass
Along with deciding which of these security features might be right for you, there is also the option of adding security guards as an additional measure. You can employ guards directly or hire them via a security company.
Controlling Building Access
How accessible your building is also plays a crucial role in security.
Issue as few keys as possible and take sporadic inventory of these keys. It is also recommended that you limit the number of key copies and assign this task to no more than two staff members. If you want to prevent employees from making unauthorized key copies, there are two other options:
- Install high-security locks. These specialized locks are made with high-quality material and are drill resistant. You also need very specific equipment to make copies, so you can’t always go to a small locksmith around the corner. You can read more about high-security locks here.
- Go keyless. Switching to keyless entry is another option. It is next to impossible to duplicate a keycard unless you have access to advanced equipment. There are several other reasons why more businesses should make this switch – read more here.
Make sure that any direct or third-party employees immediately return their key copies and access cards if they are no longer in your employ. If there are cards and keys you have lost track of, it is best to change building locks and update access points.
Being more organized can also help prevent theft and reduce security risks.
Start by creating a written security policy – you can even include these rules in your employee handbook if you have one. The policy can address as many security topics as you want, including area access, visitor restrictions, security guards, removal of company property, and the security committee.
Another way to enhance business security is to take stock more frequently and secure your equipment. This is one way to keep your finger on the pulse of discrepancies and even reduce insurance costs.
Business security doesn’t need to be a complex process, but it does help to have professionals you can rely on. Contact Quickly Locksmith to arrange an audit of your business premises.