Protecting your Business from Crime
Whether through damage to property, theft, arson or violence, many businesses suffer the effects of crime – some of which can have long-lasting consequences on profit, morale, and operational procedures.
With over 20% of all recorded crime statistics in the UK accounted for by offences against businesses and their premises, it is more important than ever to ensure that yours is fully protected against any such unfortunate attacks.
Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to do so.
Check Doors/Windows/Access Points
The majority of thefts against commercial organisations (outside of cybercrime) occur through opportunism, such as an unlocked door or an open window. While we can’t always accommodate for mistakes or forgetfulness, incorporating some form of daily routine to check for easy access points can avoid these frustrating break-ins. Consider performing a risk assessment on a regular basis to identify vulnerable areas in your building, focusing on any windows or doors that may need reinforcing through stronger locks, shutters or strengthened glazing.
CCTV is a hugely beneficial component in the fight against crime. Not only does it act as a clear visual deterrent to opportunistic burglars, it also provides evidence should an incident occur. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a break-in; if a physical attack has taken place, or some form of intentional vandalism (such as arson) CCTV can be used as evidence in determining the nature or cause of the event and in corroborating the accounts of victims or witnesses.
As with CCTV, alarms are another hugely effective visual deterrent for would-be criminals – particularly when they are alerted to their presence. Similarly, a loud alarm call will usually cause a hasty exit for anyone trespassing on a property for illegal reasons. A professional security company, such as AAI Security Systems, will be able to create an alarm network that meets the specific needs of your premises, and having one fitted will also help to bring your insurance costs down considerably.
A good method of avoiding equipment theft, whether from an external break-in or from inside your own company, is to apply some form of security tagging, making them hard to remove from the premises without being tracked. Use caution when granting access to employees, particularly to areas of the business that contain sensitive equipment or large amounts of money. Keep a record of all serial numbers for equipment that could be targeted by thieves.
Not all crime against businesses is related to theft or vandalism; attacks against staff members, either by other staff members or outside visitors, is not uncommon. CCTV will help here, but also sufficient security training for anyone involved in the handling or transferring of cash or equipment.
AAI Security Systems have over 50 years of experience when it comes to helping businesses to stay safe and secure from the threat of crime. With full design, supply and installation of our range of burglar alarms, door entry systems, CCTV systems and fire protection equipment, you can rest assured that you’re in capable hands with us.