A lot of small business owners often neglect taking active security precautions till the time there is a serious incident. However, as a small business owner you should understand that you are equally (if not more) prone to burglaries and thefts as any other bigger business. Here are some tips you can follow:
- Don’t base all your security solutions on just one single method (for example, CCTV cameras), instead, use a variety of measures.
- Train your staff well in handling suspicious behaviour. They should always be on alert against any suspicious activity under their watch.
- Regularly, check your alarms and other security systems to ensure that they are working in proper condition.
- From time to time, whenever you change your key holder, make sure that their details are updated with the Police.
- Also evaluate your insurance policies and check to see if you need any additional cover.
- Refrain from putting up a ‘We are closed’ board as it could easily be an invitation for thieves.
- Check all access points to ensure that they can’t be tampered with easily.
- Tag all your equipments and machinery as a deterrent.
- Don’t keep a lot of cash in office and also vary your cash transfer routine to the bank every time.
- Keep an eye out for crimes in your locality or against similar businesses in the area.
- Always keep your business well lit, even at nights.
- Where possible use break-in alarm systems, silent alarms and motion detectors.
- Switch to card access system for better security.
- Use security guards. They act as the best possible deterrent!
- Restrict access to sensitive areas in the building.
- Shred any documents that contain personal information securely so that it may not fall in wrong hands.
- Conduct a background search before hiring any employee.
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