If there’s anything better than being reimbursed by your insurance for a break-in to your office or business premises, it’s stopping that trespassing attempt in its tracks. If there’s anything better than stopping a trespassing attempt in its track, it’s preventing it entirely. If there’s anything better than preventing it entirely, it’s in preventing the need for prevention at all – instead of making your business seem so unworthy of criminal antagonism that even if someone were motivated to, they would quickly and reliably lose interest.
But how can we do that? It’s not altogether easy, attractive or cost-effective to implement guard watchtowers around your office block, laser tripwires, or any other fantastical element. We need our business to look approachable, but to the right people, and secure, but not secure enough to dispel healthy business or make our employees feel they’re working in Fort Knox. How can the balance be found? Without moving into further flights of fancy, let’s consider that, below. Without knowing it, this advice could help you prevent the preventable:
Tasteful Security Camera Integration
Worthwhile CCTV installation can make a massive difference when it comes to ensuring would-be thieves feel like your building isn’t even worth stepping near. Additionally, because security cameras are so ubiquitous in urban centres, you need not worry about making your building look like an over-secure fortress. CCTV can also protect your staff and enhance accountability on private property – and so for many members of staff, this will be a more than welcome change in the long run.
Clear, Concise Warnings
Signage can help quite a lot, too. It shows that your aware of the potential threat of a security risk, and you have taken every precaution. For instance, you may have seen ‘NO TOOLS LEFT ON THIS VAN OVERNIGHT’ laid as a sticker at the rear of a workman’s van before. This pre-emptively shows a would-be thief that yes, this eventuality has been thought of, and yes, the trespasser need not even bother. ‘CCTV operates in this area’ or even ‘smile, you’re on camera!’ signs can help. Of course, other, official security warnings and processes can be placed in the right areas to serve as that extra impersonal warning someone may really need to hear.
The Appearance Of Activity
The appearance of activity can also have a positive influence on how your building is regarded and what that means in the long run. For instance, hiring a night security guard to conduct a patrol can prevent anyone from wanting to break and enter, knowing eyes are watching the place. Motion sensitive floodlights that activate outside of your building can prevent someone from taking another unwarranted step. Leaving lights on with timers overnight can help your office look occupied, or at least give that impression, and that in itself can deter negative action.
With this advice, we hope you can prevent would-be business break-ins, even before they happen.
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