Much like a home needs to be insured against the threat of burglary or damage, businesses need to be protected in the event that theft leaves them exposed to losses and a drop in productivity. Indeed, from clothes and shoes to computers and smartphones, commercial premises are goldmines when it comes to expensive goods that criminals may be looking for the opportunity to get their hands on – and this is something that has to be taken into account.
This means that in addition to taking all the physical security measures, it’s also vital for businesses to invest in the relevant insurance policies to ensure they aren’t left counting the costs of illegal activity. But it’s important to remember that such a factor isn’t something only major retailers need to account for, as the same applies to independent shops and even companies which operate out of an office.
For example, when a newsagents was burgled in our city last year, the offender made off with alcohol, food, cigarettes and scratch cards. These goods can be the difference between a small businessperson enjoying profits or suffering losses, and the incident demonstrates the need to take the necessary measures in safeguarding your assets.
Yet as well as buying insurance, there are ways to boost your security and reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to call on your policy – but it’s still vital that it’s there, just in case the worst does happen.
Here we’ll take a quick look at a few simple measures that can improve the safety of your assets and deter thieves from trying to pinch your goods.
Whether it’s locks on the doors or padlocks on cases, it’s vital that you have hardware in place which makes it difficult for burglars to make off with your firm’s property. This can stop thieves from gaining access to the building, as well as preventing them from getting their hands on valuables that they may be looking to steal. Windows are important too, so having double glazing fitted and ensuring they’re all fitted with locks is a sensible tactic.
Have A Security Policy:
Promoting safe and secure practices among your staff is a good way to get them thinking about the need to protect your assets.
The good news is that there are myriad techniques for educating them about the importance of security – posters in the kitchen, signs on doors and reminders on notice boards can prompt them to ensure they lock windows and doors before they leave at the end of the working day. Additionally, the training they receive when they join the company can detail the firm’s policy on safeguarding property and reducing the risk of theft.
And while a disciplinary process to address any oversights may seem harsh, it can emphasise just how seriously your business takes security – as well as be the difference between keeping your assets and watching them disappear with a light-fingered opportunist.
Having an alarm on your premises is a brilliant way to deter thieves – the second it starts sounding, people are going to start wondering why, so the likelihood is that any criminals will quickly bolt in a bid to avoid being caught. Sometimes a visible alarm can be a good idea as just the sight of it will make potential burglars think twice about trying to break into your property and steal your goods.
Much like alarms, CCTV cameras can act as a fantastic deterrent – if people know they’re being filmed, they’re going to be less inclined to break the law in such blatant ways. What’s more, if a thief goes ahead and tries to steal something in sight of the camera, having footage of the incident can help the police discover the culprit and increase their chances of returning your assets.
These are just a few examples of the many tactics you can employ in a bid to keep your business secure, but it’s important to remember that none of them will serve as an absolute guarantee that you won’t fall victim to theft – that’s why insurance remains a necessity.