According to recent statistics from the Home Office, 24 per cent of businesses have been the victim of shoplifting, while a further 10 per cent have experienced assaults and threats.
Wholesale and retail premises have consistently experienced the highest levels of crime compared with other surveyed sectors, but just over a third actually reported shoplifting, assaults, and threats to the police.
The reasons why are unclear, but many could be taking matters into their own hands with the help of a professional security firm. From mobile patrols and manned guarding to CCTV surveillance and door supervisors, there are a number of options available.
But what can the average business do to bolster its security? We’ve prepared the following advice in order to help you protect your most important and valuable assets.
As always, Access Facilities Management is on hand to deliver tailor-made security packages appropriate to your security needs, which are backed by the highest standards of service. Get in touch with us to find out more.
Assess the exterior of your property or premises
Carry out a comprehensive patrol around the perimeter and outside areas of your property or premises. Look out for:
- Damaged gates, panels, or fencing, which should be reported and fixed immediately. Thieves may damage the perimeter of your property or premises a few days before a planned break-in, so be vigilant and keep an eye on your CCTV system.
- Damaged, broken, or old windows and doors – are they alarmed or sufficiently secured? Be sure to repair damage or replace old windows and doors. You may also want to consider having steel bars installed.
- Vulnerabilities such as low walls or areas that thieves could easily damage.
- Vehicles, stock, or materials that are easily accessible.
Assess the interior of your property or premises
Take a walk around your place of business and be wary of:
- High value goods that are easily visible through windows. Valuables should always be kept out of site in a secure location, as thieves will leave no area unturned.
- Cash, keys or other small valuables – are they locked up securely? Only issue keys to trusted staff members or use a professional lock/unlock service to minimise risk.
- Computers and other devices – are they protected by passwords or other security measures?
- Paperwork and documentation containing sensitive or confidential information
Educate staff about security dangers
One of the most proactive security measures you can implement is educating your employees about the threats and dangers that exist.
Along with advocating security best practice at all times such as closing windows and doors upon leaving, ask your staff to be aware of any suspicious activity around your property or premises.
In our many years of experience, we have found that thieves will scope out businesses before they attempt a break-in to identify routines and target areas. But with the help of staff, you can prevent this worst-case scenario from occurring.
For more help and advice about securing your business, get in touch with Access Facilities Management today.