More and more businesses install security camera systems to protect their property. However, there are a number of additional safeguards that business owners might consider to upgrade the security of the property indoors and out. Many tactics are inexpensive but go a long way in deterring crime.
1. Landscape Alterations
Eliminate tall pasture grass and regularly trim shrubbery and trees to minimize the number of locations that potential criminals might use to camouflage trespassing activity. Consider planting foliage that bites back when invaded. The various options might include rose bushes, holly, blue spruce trees or creeping junipers.
2. Motion Detection Lighting
Lighting systems that activate when an intruder approaches might give a criminal pause. Consider installing lighting that illuminates entrances or exits, walkways and parking lots. Other areas requiring security measures include delivery zones and dumpsters.
3. Window Deterrents
Simple window stops made of metal or wood prevent anyone from entering the facility through a window. The stops are typically installed a few inches above the bottom window, which prevents them from being fully opened.
4. Display Warnings
Novice criminals might not think twice to look for security systems before enacting theft or vandalism. However, clearly posting notices that security systems are installed may be enough to deter invaders. Security system providers often provide signage to customers.
5. Safeguard Valuables
If someone manages to enter a facility, business owners must make sure that important documents, money or other valuable assets are unobtainable. Safes, secured offices and locked drawers raise the level of security to protect client, employees and other valuables.
6. Limiting Access
It is not uncommon for businesses to store client, employee and financial information on computers. By limiting access to the programs, identity theft criminals are foiled. Businesses might also experience digital attacks from within by employees. Consider implementing separate programs for vital information, using private passwords and regularly changing login requirements.
7. Cyber Attacks
News headlines commonly report institutions that become victims of cyber crimes. All computers and mobile devices used for business purposes must have anti-virus and anti-malware software installed. Employees should receive training to detect possible cyber attacks. When working from distant locations, all should access work files via a virtual protected network or VPN.
8. Password Protection
Employees must be instructed to never share their computer or other electronic device passwords with other employees or with individuals outside of the business. Passwords should also be changed regularly.
9. Access Restriction
If the business does not involve direct client interaction, owners might consider installing coded security locks on all doors. Only employees working in the facility would have access to the codes. Visitors may then only gain access when an employee enters the code.
10. Emergency Plans
Before a natural disaster or other event threatens the security of the facility, business owners must establish an emergency plan. Determine how to handle sensitive materials and communication between staff employees and management. Specify safety zones and possible escape routes. Schedule routine meetings to ensure that all employees are familiar with the plan.