Crime and violence seem to be everywhere – on the nightly news, in the movies, on television programs, maybe even at a business down the street from you. You probably never think it will find its way to your company. Unfortunately, crime is often random in occurrence and there’s no way of knowing who will be the next victim. Regardless of the type of business you own, workplace security is essential.
Crime-proofing your business is not as complicated as it sounds. There are many different options from which to choose, enabling you to find something that works best for your needs. Here are just a few ideas:
The number one precaution is to have a metal or solid wood door and cylinder locks that resist kicking, drilling, and beating. Some lock manufacturers offer the added benefit of keys that can only be duplicated on specially designed machines, which are not available at standard key shops and hardware stores.
To protect your office and employees during the day, as well as at night, you may want to consider a remote control lock. While their features vary, the general purpose is to let you decide who should be admitted. A video camera displays the visitor.
Cameras can help catch criminals in the act, ultimately aiding in identification. They are available in both stationary or mobile models.
The addition of security personnel can help minimize the threat of burglary, especially for companies with large facilities and grounds. Companies with many employees may find great benefit in adding a security/employee check-in system, which can include identification badges.
If you purchase an office safe, make sure it is big enough, so it can’t be easily carried off by burglars. You may want to bypass purchasing a safe with a manual combination lock, since employees may not always take the time to re-scramble it after they close the door. Safes with electronic keypads eliminate this hassle, making them less likely to be left unlocked.
These detectors monitor changes in heat and/or motion, and respond with an alarm or bright lights. While they can be highly effective, they are not a good idea if you have a workplace watchdog that might trigger the detector.
If you are going to invest in an alarm system, the best choice is one that directly alerts a private security agency or local police station. However, an alarm that rings on the property can also help by either scaring off a burglar or attracting the attention of someone nearby.
No matter what steps you take to safeguard your business, they should always be accompanied by the proper crime insurance.