When you first set up a small business, you’re likely to face all sorts of challenges that you may have never heard of before. Securing your commercial property out of hours may be one of these previously unconsidered areas.
We focus so much attention to security while our businesses are in operation (such as hiring security staff and fitting CCTV to reduce shoplifting or theft) that we forget that our businesses are perhaps at their most vulnerable while they are unstaffed and unoccupied during closing hours. But not to worry. There are various steps that you can take in order to secure your commercial property out of hours. Stick with us as we guide you through them!
The first step towards securing your commercial property is to fit metal shutters outside. Unfortunately, a lock and key isn’t necessarily enough to protect your space. Many store fronts have a lot of glass, which allows us to entice customers in with window displays.
Sadly, when the store is unoccupied, this can simply serve as a means for criminals to see exactly what they can take, and it only provides a weak glass shield between your goods and them! Metal shutters create a barrier that is much harder to penetrate. Ensure they are fixed with some sort of lock that means only you or permitted staff members can pull them up.
Install Access Management Systems
Behind the shutters, you should have some sort of access management. Access management systems can take a variety of forms. They could be a system that you press a code into that will then release the door locks. It could be a system that needs a card to be swiped in order to unlock the doors. Regardless of the type that you choose, make sure that people who know the code or have access to the cards are extremely vigilant with protecting these details or this piece of equipment. Leaked codes or lost cards can be extremely problematic.
Invest in a Security System
If you’re feeling particularly protective, you can also install a security system. This can trigger an alarm should anyone access your commercial premises without permission. Not only will the loud sound encourage the criminals to scarper, but systems could also automatically contact the police, who will be able to attend the scene as quickly as possible. Make sure that staff who are opening up in the morning know the code to be able to deactivate the alarm before entering and that whoever is closing up makes sure to set the alarm before leaving.
As you can see, protecting and securing your commercial premises involves both investment in specialist equipment and investment in training your staff how to use it. But it can all prove extremely beneficial to you and your business. After all, lack of security can result in expensive damages and expensive losses!