Finding your dream home as a business is a wonderful feeling. Setting up commercial space from which you’ll run your day-to-day business and grow your company is a real achievement and you want to ensure that nothing can get in the way of your evolution and growth as a business owner.
Crime is a worry to everyone, homeowners and business owners alike, and you have to think about the bigger picture when it comes to securing your business premises.
Whether a commercial property or your home (if you’ve started your business at home) think about the specific risks to your company. There may be valuable equipment you use on a daily basis. You may keep cash on site or plenty of stock in storage on the premises. All of these things are vital to keeping your business running smoothly and to lose any or all of these would have a serious impact on the viability of your business from one day to the next.
Look at the outside of your property and pay particular attention to access points. You should keep all access areas around the building well lit and if you feel it required, install CCTV to the most vulnerable areas, though remember that you will have to comply with data protection laws in this area.
Once you’ve assessed the risks you know which areas to bolster after lighting the access areas well. Have an alarm system fitted and speak to local businesses to see if they have had any problems with security and how they have combated them. Keep valuables safely locked away in special areas of the premises when not in use and keep certain areas restricted to staff only. Also, have a rota of trusted staff members who will be given responsibility to lock up the site when you’re not around and be on call should the alarm system be set off.
Choose the Right Insurance
Your insurance premiums will lower if you’ve taken all necessary precautions with the security of your commercial premises. By understanding where you are most vulnerable to attack and putting in steps to prevent burglary or vandalism you can choose an insurance policy that fits your budget and provides peace of mind should the worst ever happen despite your best efforts.
Regular Research and Update
After everything has been set off don’t rest on your laurels, regularly assess your security and any issues you have found during your time at your current business premises. Keep up to date on security measures and systems that you can use to keep your business safe and secure.
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