The first step to a secure property is to make sure your windows and doors are strong, durable and resistant to potential attacks. A sturdy door doesn’t have to be an unattractive option, as many really effective glass and aluminium framed doors are now available, but they do require proper maintenance. Of course, make sure your windows and doors lock properly, and if you are having difficulties with locking, opening or closing doors then have them checked and repaired as soon as possible.
CCTV is a great deterrent of criminal activity, and if such activities do occur on your property it provides you with some evidence of the perpetrator – meaning you’re more likely to be able to reclaim the cost for the damages to your business. A simple motion-activated light can be an effective deterrent against property crime, and a well installed burglar alarm will notify you and the police as soon as there is any break-in to your property, so damage can be minimised.
Getting to know the local area is important in tailoring your security plan to the real risks that might come up against your business. Lots of commercial buildings and properties support others in close proximity, perhaps using a walkie-talkie or other contact system to warn and provide assistance against possible security risks. If a shady character is spotted near one property, then all buildings nearby can be alerted. Check with other businesses near you to see if they already have a system like this in place, and if they don’t then install it yourself. It’s a simple and cost effective way to greatly increase the security of your property and the surrounding area.
Introduce yourself to the local police force and ask them about any well-known security risks in the area. For example, if you’re aware that a particular stretch of properties are victim to window-smashing then you can prepare yours before any damage occurs, with strong, shatter-resistant materials.
If you take the time to make your commercial property resistant to criminal damage and burglary you may save your business a great amount of damage. Such security measures as these are a solid investment that will serve you well and ensure the safety and longevity of your commercial property.