In order to protect your business property from crime, first carry out a business premises security survey. Once you have determined the main security risks to your business, you can decide what actions you should take.
Which security measures should I take?
The basic idea is to introduce measures that will delay and deter potential offenders from seeing your business as an easy target for crime. We have outlined below security measures that you could apply to protect your business:
- Secure access points – have strengthen doors fitted, ensure all window have locks, install strengthened shutters and ram raid barriers if necessary.
- Secure the perimeter – ensure gates are secure and fences aren’t damaged or provide opportunities for access. Applying anti-climb measures can also be effective, however you must have signs to state you have them installed.
- Control access to the business by keeping a record of who has keys or passes and ensure employees that leave hand them back.
- Lighting – install security lights at dark points that will come on when movement is detected.
- Fit intruder alarms.
- Secure equipment with asset tags and record details of serial numbers. You should also consider securing devices such as laptops and tablets to larger equipment such as desks. Secure your business assets.
- Protect stock by keeping regular tabs on stock levels.
- Address IT security issues such as hard-drive encryption, off-site data storage, software security updates. Protect your business online.
- Shred sensitive paper waste.
- Install CCTV surveillance.
Any measures that you take should be legal, appropriate, realistic and cost effective.
For further guidance on securing your business property see PSNI advice on securing your business premises and download Secured By Design's security design advice for commercial property (PDF, 1.75MB).
Professional security consultants can offer a comprehensive risk assessment of any premises and can recommend security measures to meet the risks faced.