Studies suggest that criminal offences against businesses could account for a staggering 20% of all recorded criminal acts in the UK. Criminals are committing premeditated robberies with meticulous planning every day, so it is imperative that business owners take precautions to avoid falling foul of these predators.
When considering methods to protect your business from criminal offences, you will need to look at your business through the eyes of a criminal. Carry out a detailed risk assessment of your business site, are there any weak spots in the building such as a window that does not shut correctly or a damaged panel or door? Criminals will study your site carefully to identify any vulnerable areas and once found they will act quickly.
Securing your premises may seem like an obvious requirement, however many buildings are not as secure as you might think. Consider the age of your windows and doors, are they in good working order? Do they show signs of wear and tear or have significant damage to them? Are the locks heavy duty and in full working order? Your door is not only the gateway through which your customers enter and leave, but it also provides access to the more unsavoury visitor and by having an old, weakened or damaged door you are risking the safety of your employees and your stock. A correctly fitted, heavy duty industrial security door with automatic locking system and strengthened UPVC double glazed windows are the ideal solution to provide maximum security for you and your business.
Don’t forget, any security doors need regular maintenance, and if repairs are needed these should be carried out asap not only to prevent crime, but to prevent serious accident and injury also.
You may also consider fitting an alarm system or updating your existing one if it is more than 10 years old. Alarms deter criminals who are looking to get in and out as quickly as possible with minimal fuss and effort and offer peace of mind to you as the business owner. Depending on the size and purpose, it could be worth installing rolling steel shutters or grills that will cover and protect your windows and doors, especially for businesses on busy high streets in towns or cities.
Staff safety is of utmost importance, and all employees should know the protocol to follow should a criminal offence or threat to their personal safety arise. Security training and self-defence classes can prove to be invaluable tools to employees who work alone in an isolated area.
Keep as little cash on site as possible and publicise this fact. Thieves are looking to get as much as possible as quickly as possible, so if you ensure that no cash and limited stock or power tools are readily available then criminals will be reluctant to target your business. If you do have to store equipment or large amounts of stock on site, please ensure that audits and stock takes are completed on a regular basis and ensure that all equipment is tagged with individual serial numbers that can be easily traced in the event of a robbery. Lastly, review and update your security measures and passwords regularly. Thieves are creatures of habit, and they will try to access your business again in the future so make sure you are always one step ahead of them so that they cannot figure out your tracks.