Security is an important concern for any business, but most of the conversations that we have these days are about online security. Cyber-attacks are devastating to businesses so online security should be a priority, but it’s important that you don’t neglect physical security as well. If your office building is burgled, you could still lose a lot of sensitive data, and it will take a while to get things up and running again, so you will lose revenue there as well. It’s likely that your insurance premiums will increase again, so the financial strain of burglaries can be tough to deal with. However, you can reduce the chance of a burglary if you make these simple security upgrades to your office.

Upgrade The Locks

Burglars are always looking for the easiest option so their first port of call will be the front door. If the locks on the doors are weak, it’s easy for people to break in, so you need to upgrade them. Call in a locksmith and invest in some heavy duty locks. You should also consider adding a code lock instead of using keys. A lot of burglars are opportunists and lost keys put your security at risk. If you are going to use keys, you need to make sure that everybody hands their keys in at the end of the day. Master keys are also a bad idea because, even though they are convenient, they make things easy for burglars.

Add Some Lighting

Burglars are less likely to break into your office if they are exposed, which is why lighting is so important. If you add some simple security lights around all of the doors, it will act as a great deterrent against burglars. Motion activated lights are best because they will save on energy, but you should also install some permanent lights so burglars can see from a distance that the building is well lit.

CCTV Cameras

CCTV cameras are one of the best deterrents and they will also help the police to find the culprits if you are burgled, so you should install them around the entire building. A lot of people make the mistake of using fake CCTV cameras to save money because they assume that they will act as a deterrent. However, that isn’t the case at all and fake CCTV cameras will not boost your security. Most burglars can easily spot the difference between a fake camera and the real thing, so they will just ignore them.

Consider A Security Guard

Even if you have lighting and CCTV cameras around the building, experienced criminals may still be able to gain access to the building. If you have a lot of expensive equipment and sensitive data in the office, you should consider hiring a security guard to protect the building. Having a security guard to patrol the building is the best way to deter thieves. They also perform other services, such as greeting clients etc. during the day, and it makes your business appear more professional, so it’s a good investment.

Boosting the security around your office is vital, and if you make these simple changes, you can reduce the chance of burglaries and protect your business. 

By Erica Buteau

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