For most small business owners, break-ins might seem nearly unfathomable; after all, don’t criminals exclusively target big companies with high-value assets within their premises? It would be such a relief for small business owners if this were the case; however, statistics beg to differ.
Criminals target all kinds of businesses, and unfortunately, small businesses are typically the least equipped to handle the reputational and financial impacts of theft. Thankfully, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. You can make your business less vulnerable to burglary by investing in the right security measures. Here are some strategies to help you improve your business’s security.
Limiting access to your business premises and valuable equipment is perhaps the simplest way of improving your company’s security. Here are a few ways you can regulate access to your premises:
- Hire an on-site security guard responsible for overseeing company security
- Distribute a few keys to trustworthy employees, and keep track of them at all times
- Install an access control system to ensure only a few authorized staff members can access expensive equipment or sensitive information
- Change your locks whenever you lose track of the corresponding keys
Unlike traditional doors, reinforced steel doors are sturdy and less susceptible to attempted break-ins. Installing such doors as well as high-security locks and windows at all entrances and exits will protect your business from ‘smash and grab’ – burglaries involving brute force to gain entry – incidences.
Thanks to advancements in security technology, modern alarm systems are highly sophisticated yet affordable. Consider purchasing an alarm system that provides round-the-clock coverage and preferably notifies the police of break-in attempts without human intervention. When combined with CCTV cameras, such a system would come in handy when a criminal gains entry to your business and makes away with valuable possessions.
What would you do if a security breach eventually occurred? Effective crisis management calls for planning different scenarios before they occur. Train your employees on their incident response roles, follow your after-action steps to learn from the incident and prevent similar attacks in the future, and, if necessary, initiate the insurance claims process.
While these tips might protect your business to some extent when implemented individually, a layered security strategy should be more optimal. Implement all these tips and more to deter potential intruders and frustrate those that dare gain entry to your premises.
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.