The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on our everyday lives.
Businesses and consumers alike have had to make sacrifices big and small to help prevent the spread of the virus, save lives and protect our NHS.
Lockdown restrictions have led to many businesses having to find new ways of working.
Over the past few weeks, more and more businesses of all sizes have taken the difficult decision to close their doors, ‘furlough’ their staff, or allow them to work from home.
While this will have no doubt created extra disruption to day to day operations, if you’re a business owner, you may also have the added worry about your premises laying empty during the lockdown period.
If this is the case, and you’re concerned about your buildings, equipment and stock becoming a potential target for criminals, here are a few crime prevention tips for you to consider…
This one might sound obvious, but if you have an alarm system, make sure you use it.
If you’re able to, it’s worth paying a quick visit to your premises (provided you follow the Government’s safety guidelines) to check it to ensure it’s working properly, switched on and protecting your business as it should.
Again, if you have a CCTV system or security cameras in place, you should carry out a quick check to ensure they are switched on, working properly and are set to capture any areas of concern.
Although security cameras won’t physically prevent a crime from being committed, they provide a great visual deterrent to would-be criminals and will make them think twice about breaking in.
Another crucial element of business crime prevention is exterior lighting. You should make sure that any non-functioning bulbs are replaced and that any dark or unlit areas are addressed, as this will make it harder for criminals to lurk around your premises undetected.
If you have motion-activated lighting, that’s even better – again, it won’t physically prevent a crime from taking place, but it will act as a great deterrent.
High value items
It might not be possible to remove any or all high value items from your business premises during lockdown. If you can’t, then taking extra steps to secure them within your business will pay dividends.
That means moving them from high-visibility areas and away from prying eyes, covering your windows and doors so people can’t see in and even locking them up in safe storage, if you have it.
This is again where your alarm system might come into play, if you can set it to cover any internal doors or rooms.
If your business has closed its doors temporarily, you might not want to advertise the fact.
However, if it’s going to remain closed for long periods at a time, then adding signage such as ‘No cash kept on premises’, ‘Business monitored by CCTV’, ‘Covered by 24-hour surveillance’, or similar may provide another visual deterrent to would-be thieves.
Security policies and procedures
How many key holders does your business have, and do they have any obligations in terms of checking in on the business?
Do you use a security company and if so, do they know who to contact if needed?
And do you have a process in place in case there is an incident?
It’s worth reviewing your security policies and procedures in light of the current situation, just to make sure they are as effective as they can be.
You might not be in a formal ‘Neighbourhood Watch’-type security scheme, but if you have a friendly business neighbours, or people you trust who live nearby and don’t mind checking in, then ask them to keep an eye on things. It will add another level of peace of mind to know that there is someone looking over your property.
Give Grays Locksmiths a call
When it comes to business security, prevention is usually better than cure.
However, the coronavirus crisis is unprecedented and has taken many businesses by surprise, which has made planning ahead almost impossible.
So, if you are concerned about protecting your business premises while they are in lockdown, or simply want some security advice for a bit of peace of mind, we are here to help.
We care about all our customers and are happy to support you in these uncertain times, to help you protect your business during the coronavirus crisis as best we can.
So, give us a call on 0115 942 2315, even if it’s just to ask us a question or talk about any security concerns you may have. We’d love to hear from you.