Most entrepreneurs pour their hearts and souls into their businesses. And for many owners, their businesses do more than support their livelihoods and provide sustenance for themselves and their loved ones. Often, they are also the embodiment of a long-held passion the owners have spent considerable amounts of time and effort pursuing.
So, of course, for business owners with a brick-and-mortar location, their storefront often represents much more than simply a building. It is the physical manifestation of all their dreams and hard work. And as such, they want to do whatever they can to protect their facility from harm.
Fortunately, today’s security technology (especially when combined with some long-standing, tried-and-true security tactics) provides a range of powerful ways to do just that. Owners looking to protect their facilities and everything inside from intrusion and other harm should consider these six highly effective ways to secure a business property:
- Security system: Crime statistics show that most of the burglary attempts on businesses happen outside business hours, after all employees have left the premises. But with a professional security system installed, the facility can be electronically monitored 24/7 and law enforcement can be summoned at a moment’s notice any time an alarm is triggered. And of course, once an alarm goes off, most burglars are unlikely to stick around for much longer. For these powerful reasons, many consider a professionally monitored security system to be the single most effective way to protect a business against burglaries.
To protect a business premises from intrusion, the types of sensors that can be installed as part of a security system include door and window sensors, glass-break sensors and motion detectors. Additional crime deterrents that can be implemented include key fobs with alarm-triggering panic buttons, outdoor sirens, and indoor sirens.
- Video surveillance: Professional video surveillance, which can include cameras set up both inside and outside, can add another layer of protection to a professionally monitored security system. In addition to providing video evidence of any burglar who might attempt to enter, video surveillance can also allow business owners to check in on the premises remotely via any internet-connected device at any time. This can deliver peace of mind around the clock by business owners to confirm from anywhere their premises are safe and secure.
- Fire protection: By installing a fire safety system inside a facility, business owners can harness the power of fire alarms and smoke detectors to protect their belongings. And further, by connecting the fire safety system to an existing security system, they can also ensure that the fire department and any pre-selected parties are alerted right away when any evidence of fire is detected.
- Good lighting: While not a high-tech solution, proper illumination of a business’s building and premises can go a long way toward making burglars think twice about attempting a break-in. And when the business is open during nighttime hours, good lighting can also make customers and employees feel safer about going in and out of the location. To help keep property well illuminated, business operators should consider installing flood lights, spotlights, outdoor wall light fixtures and other types of lighting on the premises. And to make break-ins less likely, it is a good idea to prioritize the areas of the building that might be particularly vulnerable to intrusion, such as doors and windows, along with any parking areas.
- Secure windows and doors: To keep intruders out, it is important for business owners to employ suitable locks that cannot be easily breached. (In some cases, specific lock types and features are even required for insurance purposes.) To make them harder to break into, doors can also be reinforced with steel strips placed along the door frame and around locks for added strength. Further, for businesses with glass doors, backup barriers that can be activated after business hours might be worth considering.
With windows, it is imperative to ensure that they are all closed and locked after closing. And in areas where crime is a particularly prominent concern, fitting windows with security bars can add an extra level of protection.
- Hidden and/or secured valuables: With expensive assets that can be easily hidden, such as laptop computers, tucking them away after hours or during long stretches when the business will be closed can make the difference between them staying safe and being taken if an intrusion does occur. Businesses that handle large amounts of cash should be sure that any money left overnight or over a weekend and holiday closures, etc. is kept to a minimum. And for especially valuable property such as cash and mission-critical assets, placement in a safe is also a great way to prevent intruders from being able to successfully make off with these items during a break-in.
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