You should consider adding security features to your premises, such as alarm systems, and security lighting, as well as door and window security glazing, locks, latches or shutters.

Peaceforce Security Group offers a comprehensive risk assessment of any premises and can recommend security measures to meet the risks faced.

 

Carry out a risk assessment

Start with identifying where you are most vulnerable. Perhaps you are already aware of where your business has been the victim of crime, but that might not tell the whole story. Carry out a thorough assessment. Involve others within your business if applicable.

 

Secure your premises

If need be, strengthen doors, fit window locks and install security lighting. If access points are vulnerable, install CCTV. If you don’t have an alarm, get one fitted and put up signs to warn of its presence. Although it involves cost, your insurance premiums could go down.

Consider whether shutters or grilles should be installed, although you might need planning permission from your local council. Internally, you could put up security mirrors to cover any blind spots.

 

Protect yourself and your staff

Make sure necessary security training is available and that everyone knows what to do in the event of a serious threat. It’s better to give up goods or cash than get hurt trying to defend it. Additionally, train your staff to recognise suspicious behaviour. Your staff should also know how to report a crime. Keep as little cash as possible on site and routinely empty tills. Take any excess cash to your bank. Put up signs warning that certain parts of your premises are only accessible to staff members.

 

Secure your equipment

Carry out regular property and equipment audits and allocate responsibility for particular items to individual employees. Tag computers and record serial numbers. Consider securing expensive equipment to floors or walls. Also make sure any bikes and vehicles are kept secure.

 

Protect your stock

Being organised will help you identify any discrepancies in your stock count early on. Keep on top of paperwork and question excessive amounts of voids, credits or damage claims. Make time to carry out regular stock takes.

 

Seek advice

Speak to the crime prevention officer at your local police station or council. Find out what forms of crimes businesses in your area are most vulnerable to and how you can better protect yourself. Forms of online or cybercrime continue to affect many businesses these days. Speak to your IT provider about how you can protect your business from this type of crime.

 

Undertake regular checks

Crime changes because criminals know they need to find different or more sophisticated methods if they are to stay ‘in business’. Make sure that your security measures remain up to the challenge. Do this at least once a year and always remain open to suggestions from your staff about how you can better protect your business.