Keeping your workplace secure is always of the utmost importance. The implications of a break-in, especially on a small business, can be severe, even if the contents are insured. Invaluable information could be lost forever, secure client data could be misused, and the downtime before you can get up and running again could be financially ruinous. In this article, we spoke to the team at Sure Locks to take a look at where to start with keeping the workplace secure to help avoid any disastrous break-ins.
If numerous employees at the company need access to the building, consider who needs keys. Only give keys to employees who you know that you can trust; managers, perhaps, who can unlock in the morning and then lock up in the evening.
Consider doing background checks on all staff, especially on those with access to keys. If certain rooms contain sensitive information, such as a filing room or your office, consider keeping it that only you have the keys to these rooms.
Update your doors and locks
Your security system is only as strong as its weakest link; if you have a massive, steel-lined front door but a thin, rotten back door, then that front door is next to useless. Consider having a locksmith check over your property to carry out an analysis of your current security systems.
Modern locks and strong doors aren’t just practically difficult to get through; they’ll also act as preventative measures by showing potential burglars that your security system is up to date. The up-front cost may be significant, but it may result in your insurance premiums decreasing, and the benefit of avoiding a break-in is invaluable.
A safe for sensitive information
In the case that there is a break-in, you’ll want to have any sensitive data, such as client information, stored in a safe place – ideally, a lockable safe. Keep in mind that not all safes are equally secure; choose one that’s heavy-duty, preferably one that can be bolted to the floor. If an intruder can carry or drag a safe out of the premises, they will. Once the safe is in a workshop, they’ll be able to open it in their own time with suitable tools. Place the safe in a hidden place, and secure it to the ground, in a concrete block or something similar.
Alarms and cameras
Having a modern alarm system with cameras can be an incredibly effective deterrent. Most potential burglars won’t want to touch a property where they know that they’ll be recorded and then potentially be caught by the police within minutes of entering. In the case that there is a break-in, having cameras will significantly increase the chances that the perpetrators are caught. Again, a qualified locksmith will advise where cameras and alarms should be placed and can install them should you decide to go ahead.
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