Electronic security systems are great -- but they aren't foolproof and for some businesses, they are cost-prohibitive.
You don't necessarily have to rely on technology to secure your business. As a business owner, there are a handful of common sense steps you can take to make sure your company's assets are protected from theft and other criminal activities.
Secure Windows and Doors
For a thief, doors and windows are the passageways to your merchandise and equipment. Your doors should be the sturdiest model you can afford with interior hinges, durable frames, and virtually impenetrable locks. Likewise, windows should be of heavy construction with enhancements that make it difficult for thieves to gain access.
Use Interior & Exterior Lighting to Deter Burglars
Business security lighting is your most effective deterrent for would-be criminals. A well-lit exterior discourages thieves from attempting to gain access to your building, while a strategically lit interior can make it impossible to conduct criminal activity unnoticed.
Establish Documented Security Procedures
Unlocked or open entryways are an invitation for a wide range of undesirable activities including theft and vandalism. To avoid problems, prepare and document procedures for opening up in the morning and locking up at night. Share these procedures with your staff and clearly identify who is responsible for locking entryways at various times of day.
Implement Security Enhancements
There are a lot of security enhancements you can make without upgrading to a full-blown security alarm system. For example, heavy-duty mesh coverings for windows and self-closing door mechanisms can shore up your primary points of entry, and motion-activated lights can improve security without driving up your energy bill. Any ideas to improve security are fair game provided they don't interfere with your company's daily operations or jeopardize the safety of employees and customers.
Conduct Periodic Security Reviews
No matter how diligent you are about maintaining a secure business establishment, periodic security reviews are a must. Complacency is your company's worst enemy. As time goes on your employees will become lax in following security procedures and protocols. A staff development strategy that includes periodic security reviews emphasizes the importance of security and reminds your employees about the need for constant vigilance.