There are some practical and simple steps that can be taken as part of your “security housekeeping” which we have listed below.
Forward thinking can be a less costly option than loss of assets, damage to premises and the downtime associated with business crime so don’t operate a “wait and see” policy.
Some of these may seem obvious but who do you have within your company who takes an active role in ensuring these boxes are ticked?
- First things first, carry out a risk assessment of your site to identify potential risk.
- Carry out regular checks of the security of your doors, windows and other entrances as these are “weakspots” in your organisation for criminals and internal theft.
- Stengthen doors, improve external security lighting and fit suitable window locks and ensure service doors are locked when not in use.
- Make sure wheelie bins and other items around site are stored away so the cannot be used to climb to areas for easier access.
- Train your staff on how to spot suspicious activity and who they should report it to.
- Warehousing buildings should have strengthened loading doors to prevent ramming and shutter contacts linking to your intruder alarms.
- A high fence around your perimeter is good first line of defence against intruders.
- Don’t leave valuable assets or off cuts of metal on view externally around your business premises.
- Regularly check that your monitored intruder alarms and monitored CCTV are in working operational order.
- Signage on fencelines or gates warning that your premises are protected by electronic security measures can be an effective deterrent.
- Consider automated barriers or gates at the entrance to your premises to stop vehicles entering site looking for opportunistic theft.
- Have a communication strategy with other local businesses to pass on best practice ideas and threats in the area (and always report incidents to the police).