Is your business really safe from burglary and break in robbery? Protecting your property and your business is essential, with many burglars targeting dark and easy to enter properties out of hours.
Here’s our 6 top tips to prevent break ins.
Be sure to use the right type of locks on your doors. In addition to being an obstacle to unwanted entry, a strong lock requires force to get into the premises. Under most insurance policies, evidence of a forced entry is necessary in making a claim.
Most experts on locks agree that a pin-tumbler cylinder lock provides the best security and may have between 3 and 7 pins. However, locksmiths caution that burglars can easily pick a lock with less than 5 pins.
2 – Key Control
To keep keys from falling into the wrong hands, issue as few keys as necessary and keep a record of who holds keys to the premises.
- Avoid key duplication by cautioning employees not to leave keys in susceptible places. For example, in a coat pocket in a restaurant or lying around in the office.
- Keep an up to date record when issuing keys.
- If an employee loses a key or someone with key access leaves the business, change the locks or key codes on the premises.
- Have one key and lock for outside doors and a different key and lock for internal access.
- Have a code for each key so that it doesn’t have to be visibly tagged and only an authorized person knows the specific lock it fits. Don’t use a keyring with the company’s details on.
3 – Intruder Alarms
The presence alone of an intruder alarm is an excellent deterrent for potential burglars. Activation of an intruder alarm will also draw attention to a break in, limiting the time a burglar is likely to remain on-site. Furthermore, having your alarm system monitored will also ensure a speedier response to a break in, and can even be set up for police response. Not having an intruder alarm on your premises puts your business at serious risk of an undetected break in.
4 – Lighting
Flooding the outside of your site with lighting is a relatively cheap way to detract from potential burglary. Darkness provides concealment and gives them time to gain access. Flood as much of the outside area with light as possible, including side passageways and entrances.
5 – CCTV
Installing CCTV systems to cover the outside of your building is an excellent deterrent to burglary. High mounted CCTV cameras that are difficult to reach will deter most burglars. CCTV can also be monitored in the same way as intruder alarms, so either a keyholder or an alarm receiving centre will be notified of any activity on camera. You can find more information on CCTV systems for your business in our CCTV Systems Buyers’ Guide.
6 – Access Control
Finally, it’s good to remember that burglars don’t just strike in the night. Gaining access to your building during working hours is usually quite easy. Protecting your main entrances with an access control system ensures control over who can gain access. Our Access Control Buyers’ Guide also gives more information on the systems available.
For more information on protecting your site from the threat of burglary, why not have a free site security audit. We will visit your site, conduct a comprehensive site survey and advise on how we can protect your business from the threat of crime.