Maintaining Your Roller Shutters

Installing industrial roller shutters at your premises can be a good move to ensure that your building is as secure as it can be. However, once they are in place you will want them to last you for as long as possible in a sufficient working manner. This is why it’s so important that you take care to regularly check your roller shutters, have them maintained professionally and repaired if necessary so that they look and work correctly and safely.

The chances are that at some point, your roller shutters will become damaged. This could be due to a number of reasons including vandalism, accidents or general wear and tear. A damaged roller shutter will not only fail to offer the level of security it should, but it can also pose a health and safety risk if it is not operating correctly.

Accidents in the workplace can occur if your roller shutter is not properly maintained. If you have an electric roller shutter, you should make sure that you check the parts and motor regularly. If the safety device were to fail, and the shutter were to close prematurely, then this could have serious consequences, especially if a person were passing through. This also applies to ensuring that your roller shutter is fitted correctly so that it works properly. Poorly fitted roller shutters can be potential health and safety hazards. It is natural that over time parts will become worn and work less effectively, which is why it’s vital that you get your shutters checked over on a regular basis. The best people to do this are professionals. Hiring a professional company for your roller shutter maintenance may seem like an added expense but they will know what they are looking for, they will be trained in how to examine the roller shutters, how to recognise signs that parts are not working to their optimum standard, and they will also be able to carry out any repairs that are needed. This will be priceless in the long term if it prevents an accident occurring in the future.

There are also a few additional things you can consider when looking at the safety of those coming onto your premises. Choose a shutter which is operated via a switch. Throller shutter maintnenacee switch should be located so that the person using it can see the shutter clearly. This will prevent them from closing the shutter when a vehicle or a person is trying to pass through. Those who will be utilising the switch should be trained to check that it is safe to close the shutter before doing so. You could also consider installing a bottom rail safety edge. Most electronic roller shutters do not have these in place but you can attach them afterwards. This is a safety feature which means the shutter will stop as soon as it comes into contact with an object or person. It is fairly self-explanatory why this is safer than one without!

It is now a legal requirement that all industrial doors are checked and maintained, so don’t hesitate to call IDS today for peace of mind that your business is kept as safe and secure as it can be for those entering and exiting via roller shutter doors.

Is Your Retail Store Safe and Secure?

retail securityThe safety and security of a retail store reduces stock loss and is therefore paramount to the store’s success.  However, far from being just an issue with shoplifters when the store is in operation, safety and security includes aspects such as vandalism and break-ins when your store is closed.  Therefore, having adequate safety measures not only deter would be shoplifters, it also sends a clear message to all that your premises is not an easy target for any unwanted behavior.

So what can you do to make your store safe and secure?  There are in fact many things you can do, many of which are not particularly costly to implement.

Increasing visibility within the store

One of the best ways to deter shoplifters is to increase visibility within the store, so that staff will have the best chance to see who is in the store, where they are and potentially what they are doing.  Consider reducing the height of shelving, and where this isn’t possible, or for any blind spots within the shop, position security mirrors so customers become visible to your staff.  Ideally, the layout of your store should enable aisles between shelves to be seen by staff at the cash register.

Lighting would obviously play a part in helping visibility.  However, this should not be limited to inside the store; car parks outside the store should also be well lit, thereby reducing unwanted behaviour anywhere near your premises and enhancing security for your customers.  Apart from installing more or brighter lighting, keeping your windows relatively clear of signage would enable natural light to come in.

Positioning your products

Continuing with the point on visibility, positioning expensive items where they can be seen will help staff to monitor them more closely. These days, most retail stores will attach security tags to their products where possible. Particularly on clothing and expensive electrical equipment. Again, these serve the purpose of deterring thieves away from items, and will sound an alarm if they pass the doors security system.

Knowing who is in your store and offering to help

An old fashioned approach would be to hang a bell over your front door, or you could invest in a sensor that sends out a chime when a customer walks in.  This alerts your customers that you are aware of their presence and gives you an opportunity to offer help.

Help from staff

Make sure you have an adequate number of staff on the shop floor at all times.  Educate them on theft prevention, and let them how know they can help.  Greeting customers (therefore making them aware that their presence has been noticed) and looking around the store at busy times are certainly things that the staff can do to help reduce incidents of theft.

Securing the premises

Theft and break-ins can occur when the store is closed.  Making sure all entrances and windows are locked is a must.  The ultimate solution however, is to install industrial grade roller shutters over entrances and windows.  Hard wearing, long lasting and can be tailored to suit individual openings, not only will roller shutter doors ensure maximum security against unauthorised entry, it will also reduce the issue of vandalism on your shop front. If you do choose to use industrial doors, regular security door repair and maintenance is now a legal requirement.