Burglary is expensive, and it can happen to any business, large or small. You don’t want to bear the burden of burglary expenses; fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep the bad guys away from your livelihood! From simple fixes to updating your locks, here are four steps you can take to prevent theft.
Light in Every Corner
Burglars won’t go near a well-lit building. They prefer to lurk in the dark where there is less of a chance that someone will see them. It’s best to keep the lights on inside when you leave for the day. Check around the outside of your building too; burglars will scout out the dark nooks and crannies to determine a safe point of entry. If you find any dark places that a crook could hide, be sure to illuminate them with the proper type of lighting. You may want to look into motion sensing lights or solar lights if the cost of running electric lights all night is a concern.
Invest in a Safe and an Alarm System
Some burglars may be able to pick the locks on your building or try to climb in through an unlocked window. To eliminate those possibilities, it’s wise to install an alarm system that you can turn on before you leave. If someone is lurking around after hours or manages to break an entry, the alarm will sound off, notifying you and the police. Your most valuable items should be kept in a disaster-proof safe; if all else fails, the burglar won’t be able to steal your important documents and cash. Your items will also be protected in case of a fire.
Install Security Cameras
Security cameras will catch the bad guy in action; you will be able to show the footage to the authorities, and they will know who to look for. In case the burglar manages to steal something, the security footage will serve as valuable evidence in court. You can install cameras on the exterior of your building as a deterrent to burglars.
Rethink Your Door Locks
One of the best ways to protect your business from intruders is to swap out your door lock for a keyless entry. A keyless entry uses a code instead of a key to unlock the building; only those who know the code will be able to enter. Not only will a keyless entry keep out lock-picking burglars, but it will also prevent you from having to collect keys or change locks when you terminate an employee. Simply change the code, and you are safe from anyone seeking retribution.
Guest author, Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. @LizzieWeakley