One of the most important aspects of being a small business owner is protecting your livelihood. Whether your business has a small office, storefront or warehouse there are many things you can do to protect your property. If you’re a small business security can seem like an expensive undertaking, and we understand that. This article provides a few simple and cost-effective tips as well as more upgraded security options. According to the FBI, in the city of Fresno 4,429 burglaries were reported in 2015. Of those burglaries about 30% were at commercial properties. In the long run, it might cost you more to not ensure your business is protected from burglars.
We suggest you use commercial grade door locks with a deadbolt for all exterior doors. It is also important to give out as few keys as possible, and only to necessary employees. It is all too easy for keys to get copied, misplaced or end up in the wrong hands. If you are looking for a more upgraded solution to door locks in your business, check out this article on a simple and cost-effective access control solution for small businesses.
Burglaries are more likely to occur at night on commercial properties and adequate outdoor lighting is essential to deterring burglars. You want entry points into your business to be well lit and we suggest investing in motion controlled flood lights.
It’s a good idea to invest in window security bars, especially if your business has a storefront or a warehouse with inventory. If you have an alarm system, put your security companies’ window stickers up. Ask your security provider for some if you don’t already have them.
The average loss on a burglary is $2,251 per property. If you have especially important documents or valuables it is advised to keep them in a safe in an interior office.
For added protection it is always well-advised to invest in a security system for your business. Nowadays security systems can do so much for businesses including, but not limited to asset protection, glass break detectors, panic alarms, key less door entry for employees and video verification cameras.
Security cameras offer you a way to check in on your business when your not there and can also provide you with a lot more information if an alarm is triggered. If you have cameras with video verification you can count on a quicker response time from police in case of an emergency. If you are thinking about investing in security cameras at your property, we wrote an article explaining the different types of surveillance systems. You can take a look at it here.
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