The loss caused by theft and robbery can be reduced or avoided if business owners take more precautions.
What security exists in your business against theft and robbery? Here is a list of suggestions you can follow, which will help thwart any “business” of the criminals!
Theft prevention measures
Business owners like you annually spend millions of pounds in hard currency for crime prevention and insurance policies. If a complete security strategy is not maintained, you will not receive a full return on your investment. For example, advanced concept door locks are useless if a ladder left outside against the side of the building provides the thief with easy access to a window or rooftop.
Oxford security services recommend that your security inventory for your business should include these checks:
- Make sure all the locks on the doors and windows are strong and adequate to do what they should do. If you have any questions, consult a trained locksmith, or security expert.
- Stay alert while you and your employees open and close the business. Be alert for any suspicious person who is loitering nearby.
- Keep a record of the serial numbers of all business equipment and merchandise.
- Carefully examine your future employees before hiring them. Check their references carefully.
- Keep only a minimum of cash on the premises. Frequently deposit the money in a safe or in the bank.
- If you have an alarm system, check it regularly to determine if it is working perfectly.
- Know at all times where all the keys are. A poor key control system leaves you in a vulnerable position. Change the locks if there is any doubt.
- Change the combination of your safe periodically.
- Park the company vehicles separate from the building so that they cannot be used to climb onto the roof, or they do not obstruct the view of the entrances.
- Make sure your employees have a safe place to leave their possessions (handbags, and coats) during work hours. The drawers or drawers of desks in offices that are left unlocked are favourite places to deposit bags, and a primary site for thieves.
- Install adequate light, inside as well as outside. Remember that thieves seek darkness or another way to hide. A well-lit property has much less appeal for the criminal.
Do not underestimate the value of good lighting, good visibility, strong locks, key control, an alarm system that works well and a thorough background check of employees. These points are vital to avoid the possibility of theft and is a part of being successful in your business..
If in doubt, consult a local security company. They will be aware of the latest threats and methods used by thieves to gain entry to business premises.