Many business owners don’t know the value of security until they have been the victims of crime. The expression “I just didn’t think it would happen to me” definitely applies here. Whilst security is an expense as a business owner, what price do you put on your peace of mind?
What would the operational impact be if you were the victim of a break-in, vandalism or arson?
At Safeguard Systems, we are experts in business security systems. We design, install and commission a range of systems including:
- CCTV camera systems
- Perimeter security
- Access control (intercoms and door entry)
- Intruder Alarms
This quick-fire business security checklist poses questions and raises some key points around keeping your business safe and protected.
Table of contents
Before we get started, here are a few related articles we’ve published on the subject of business security:
- The benefits of CCTV systems for businesses
- Video intercom system benefits
- Are card & fob entry systems the most secure access control solution for businesses?
- The Different Types of Access Control Systems
- The best door entry systems & solutions for 2021
Business Security Checklist: Tips to Improve Commercial Security
In this article, we cover many areas of the business including:
- Outdoor areas
- Inside the building
- External doors
- Internal doors
Let’s get started.
Is the car park well-lit? This helps give employees and visitors peace of mind when parking their cars after dark, or walking through the car park.
Do you have CCTV camera systems installed? If camera systems are installed, ensure that they are in good working order.
Do you operate a site with a large perimeter? Is there an effective perimeter protection system in place to detect threats?
Are your electronic security systems well maintained? Do you know if they are in good working order?
Are outdoor lights left on after dark whether someone is in the building or not? If not, ensure security lighting is in place that triggers via a motion sensor.
Have you considered an ANPR CCTV camera system to track the number plates of visitors and other vehicles entering your car park?
Are shrubs and hedges cut back and trimmed to stop criminals hiding in the bushes? A thief could easily jump out and grab someone’s laptop or handbag if not.
Inside the building
Are sensitive areas of the business protected with an effective access control poilcy?
Are CCTV cameras fitted to monitor staff, resolve disputes, spot theft and protect business property / assets?
Are fire alarms present? Are they regularly tested?
Is there an effective health and safety policy in the event of fires or personal injury?
Are all external doors locked when the business is closed or unoccupied even if it’s just temporarily?
Are the doors solid hardwood or metal-clad?
If external doors are fitted with glass, is it reinforced so that they cannot be shattered?
Are you still reliant on old fashioned keys or do you have a keyless / modern key fob door entry system in place?
If not, are spare keys are kept with a trusted employee/manager?
What happens when keys are lost?
Is there a proper fire door release system in place? This is a legal requirement.
Is there an effective intruder alarm system in place? If so, do you have a process for ensuring the alarm is activated when the business is closed? Who’s responsible?
Are external doors monitored by CCTV cameras 24/7?
Is there a video intercom system in place to ensure you see who is at the front door before letting them in?
Do all internal doors adhere to fire regulations?
Is there an electronic door entry system in place to track the whereabouts of staff and visitors?
Are all windows checked when people leave the building? Have you checked the toilets and other areas that are often forgotten about?
Do you keep all windows locked, even when they have been left ajar for ventilation?
How can we help?
As mentioned at the start of this article, Safeguard Systems are expert installers of a range of business and commercial security systems.
Safeguard Systems have helped a wide range of businesses with a diverse range of security objectives. Below are a handful of examples.
We can help you if you are:
Looking for an IP-based CCTV system to deter criminals.
Modernising your door entry and site access policies. We have a range of intercom, keyless, and key fob door entry systems to meet all needs.
Focused on reducing the cost of security. Security guards perform a role in a businesses security function but they are a significant cost. If you are looking to reduce costs, find out more about sensor activated off site cctv monitoring systems.
If you are looking for an alarm system with police response……you got it, we can help.
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Experts in CCTV, remote monitoring, access control, perimeter security, and alarms.