Security grilles are a great way to protect your business premises...
For many businesses, particularly those with retail, office or workshop premises, security is top priority.
However, with business crime on the rise, keeping your business premises and property safe and secure is becoming a real challenge.
The latest Government crime figures, published in September 2019, showed that around 240,000 incidents of burglary or vandalism were recorded against retail and wholesale businesses across the UK in 2018, which brings the issue into sharp focus.
Theft and vandalism don’t just have a financial impact on a business, they can also damage your reputation and, in extreme cases, lead to a data breach which will leave you exposed to potential fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
There are many ways to keep your business premises safe and secure, but security grilles rank as one of the most effective, simply because they provide a strong visual deterrent to would-be thieves, as well as making it harder for criminals to break into your premises through your doors or windows.
Here, we take a look at the benefits of security grilles and the ways they can help keep your business, your property and your all-important customer data secure.
What are security grilles?
Security grilles and retractable gates help you to protect the windows and doors to your business or commercial premises.
They create a fixed obstruction over your points of entry, which acts both as a strong visual deterrent to any potential intruders, but also makes it more difficult for unwanted visitors to gain access to your property, by adding an extra, robust layer of protection.
Whereas security bars are permanent fixtures, security grilles can be retracted out of sight when not in use, which helps to create a more welcoming impression for visitors to your premises as well as reinforcing the fact that you take your own – and their – security seriously.
While security grilles are intended to be a preventative measure, unfortunately around 80% of the ones we install are fitted after a break-in, when it’s too late.
So, if you are concerned about your business security, getting security grilles installed before you become a target is usually your best bet and can save you a lot of money – and potential heartache –in the long run.
What are the benefits of security grilles?
As with all security measures, there are a host of benefits that security grilles can bring to your business. Here are a few of them:
Peace of mind
While it’s virtually impossible to protect your business 100% against crime, security grilles provide an excellent way of preventing access to your premises via the usual weak points, which are usually its windows and doors.
It will take a burglar only a few minutes to enter and ransack your premises if you have no security measures in place, but security grilles will make it harder for them to get in and out.
It means you can lock your building up safe in the knowledge that your security grilles will be helping to keep unwanted visitors away.
Security grilles are relatively inexpensive to install, but more often than not, will help you to save money in the long run.
Not only will they help to protect your premises – and your valuables – against theft and the hassle of cleaning up after a break in, they may also help lower your insurance premiums.
So, it’s definitely worth considering investing in security grilles to keep your business safe, but also save money.
A visual deterrent
Burglary and theft is usually an opportunistic crime. A would-be thief will spot a weak point in your security and try and get in and out quickly without being seen.
Because security grilles are usually installed on the inside of windows, it makes it that much harder for opportunistic thieves to break in, as they will have to figure out a way to first get through the glass, before then breaking open the security grille – a major hassle.
So, as a preventative measure, security grilles are great because the intruder can see it will be that much harder for them to break in.
They also give the impression that you take your business security seriously and may have other measures installed, such as an alarm system or CCTV, which increases their risk of getting caught.
Easy to install and maintain
The security grilles we supply are designed to be maintenance free and easy to clean. They are also powder coated to industrial standards and come in a range of colours so can help enhance the overall impression your business creates.
Plus, unlike standard roller shutters which sometimes need planning permission or health & safety permits, planning officers won’t usually object to security grilles.
Easy to retract
Again, unlike standard roller shutters, security grilles are easy to retract and can be stored out of the way when they are not in use. This can be particularly useful if you have lots of customers or visitors to your premises, as they won’t be put off by really imposing security features.
This may also come in handy in the summer months, because it means you can leave your windows and doors open while its warm, and they will still be protected by your security grille.
Don’t leave it too late to get your security grilles
Security grilles provide a great extra layer of security to your business premises and are a great preventative measure to help minimise your chances of a break in.
But, they can only be effective before the crime, so if you want to bolster your security, the time to act is now.
All the security grilles supplied and installed by Grays Locksmiths are manufactured to the highest possible standards.
Many of them have been recognised and approved by insurance companies, meaning they can result in lower insurance premiums.
They are made to order and manufactured locally to your exact specifications, and will be installed by a member of our expert security team.
So, don’t leave it too late to secure your premises with a security grille. To find out how we can help, give us a call on 0115 9422415 or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon.