While every business is different, with varying needs, the truth is that every business requires some level of security. Your stock and assets need to be protected, and while alarms can alert you or your security company to a breach, there are some ways to deter burglars from trying to breach your security in the first place.
Protecting Your Assets Against Security Breaches
Business equipment, such as vehicles, computers, paper or electronic personal organizers, printers, specialist equipment and other similar items are your company’s assets. With a number of employees using these items every day, it can be hard to keep a track of all of the assets. However, it is important to ensure that each one of your assets is listed, along with its model and serial number, especially if items are sometimes carried off site.
Be sure to store your high-value equipment in a secure room with access control. Remember that the data stored on the equipment may be even more important than the actual hardware.
Furthermore, you can put a security plan in place to protect the equipment and the data stored on the equipment by:
putting password protection on all computers;
carrying devices in the trunk of a car, instead of in plain sight on a passenger seat;
never leaving equipment in a vehicle overnight;
storing equipment securely;
locking doors of rooms in which equipment is stored;
encouraging your staff to remain vigilant when they use the equipment.
Expert Tip: Make a note of mobile phone International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers, which you can obtain by typing *#06#.
Securing Your Stock Against Theft
Regular stock checks will help you determine whether stock is going missing, which is why it is so important to keep records and take preventative measures to avoid theft:
- Keep stock away from windows and doors.
- Where possible, place stock in places where it would require noticeable action to reach.
- Install mirrors and CCTV in your storefront and store rooms.
- Keep small, valuable items in glass display cases.
- Consider keeping stock in the storeroom, and display boxes or demo items only.
- Limit the number of people who have access to your stock.
- Ensure that delivery notes match the stock delivered.
Install Security Devices
Most businesses have intruder alarms, but they don’t always work, and are not always armed or regularly serviced. You could work with a professional locksmith who also installs alarms to help you design the most secure security system that is effective against breaches. Other security devices that might work alongside intruder alarms for your company, include:
- high-security locks;
- access control keypads;
- smoke generating devices;
- chemical marker systems;
- safes, etc.
It is important to have all these devices professionally installed, and regularly maintained. Obviously, it is important to use the devices responsibly. Each device must meet legal requirements, by-laws, health and safety guidelines and building regulations.
Finally, it is important to follow safe and proper business processes and safety procedures. Be vigilant for suspicious behaviors and report them immediately. When a certain security breach occurs, be sure to take immediate action against a recurrence by eliminating the risks in future. If you don’t know how to do that, get in touch with XXX Locksmith for obligation-free advice.