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Top 10 Tips for Securing Your Business Premises After Hours

As a business owner, you have to be vigilant and always on guard regarding the security of your premises. This not only applies to business hours but also to securing your business premises against threats after hours.

Read on to find out more about the security threats faced by your business after hours and what steps you can take to secure it:

AFTER-HOURS BUSINESS SECURITY THREATS

Most businesses focus on safety and security during business hours and often overlook its importance after hours when the property is empty and the business has closed for the day.

Securing your business after hours is different than protecting it during business hours with all the hustle and bustle. As a business owner or manager, it is very important to understand the unique set of security challenges faced by businesses after hours so that you know how to deal with them most efficiently.

Although crimes such as commercial burglaries, theft, intrusion, and vandalism can occur at any time during the day and night, most potential criminals are likely to target your property when they think it is empty and uninhabited, which is usually after hours.

Depending on the nature of your business, you are likely to have more footfall during the day than at night, with employees, customers, and visitors coming in and going out of your property. While this high amount of activity brings its own set of security risks and challenges to deal with, your business premises can become a potential target when it is unoccupied.

Other than your business property being vacant, if it is located in an isolated, dimly-lit part of the city, it may be a target of crimes committed after hours. While some crimes may not be as serious, some may be cause for major concern and can result in serious property damage and threat to human life.

Also, while the majority of your staff and employees may be on the premises during business hours, some of them, such as the maintenance and cleaning staff, may begin their work once the other employees leave. Employees working on special projects may also stay in late or come earlier than usual.

Regardless of the reason these individuals have to stay at work after hours, it is your responsibility as the business owner to guarantee their safety and also to ensure that they follow all the required security protocols.

Services and vendors, particularly those not directly under your management, need to be kept track of since a little mistake on their part, such as forgetting to lock the doors after work, could open up your business to various security risks.

Last, but certainly not least, a fire could break out at any time, and when it does when the property is empty and unmonitored, there is a high chance of it going unnoticed and causing more harm.

Fires erupting after hours have the potential to wreak havoc since there’s no one on the property to detect them in time. In several cases, when fires have broken after hours, the business owners have had no idea until only after it was too late. This can be devastating for any business, most of which struggle to bounce back after all the damage and destruction caused by the fire.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR BUSINESS PREMISES AFTER HOURS

Before implementing any security measures, you must carry out a security risk assessment of your property to assess any security threats to your business premises.

Based on the findings of the audit, you can decide which security systems and measures will be best in order to tackle all the identified security risks while protecting everyone and everything on the property.

Some of the most common threats to business security include commercial burglaries, theft, intrusions, vandalism, arson, and fire and flood damage. When conducting the risk assessment, it is important to assess the important assets that need to be secured and all the areas around the business premises that are high risk.

Once you do that, you’ll be in a better position to gauge the security risks and implement adequate security measures to tackle said risks.

Here are the top 10 tips for securing your business premises after hours:

SECURE THE DOORS AND WINDOWS

Let’s start with the basics. The first and foremost tip for securing your business premises after hours is to make sure all the main entry points, including all the doors and windows, are secure. The best way to do so is to invest in high-quality hardware and reinforce it with state-of-the-art locks.

You’d be surprised to know how many people overlook this basic security measure allowing potential criminals to simply walk in. They oftentimes leave them open or forget to lock them. Using subpar material for the doors and windows also makes them incredibly easy to bypass using a few basic tools, most of which criminals usually keep handy.

When it comes to doors, some of the best materials include wood, uPVC, and composite, which are sturdy and more resistant to break-ins. The windows must have a solid frame and shatter-resistant glass to prevent break-ins. Particularly vulnerable windows can be made more secure by using security grills or bars.

Some of the best locks for securing doors and windows include mortice locks, rim locks, lever locks, cylinder or Euro locks, cam locks, multi-point locks, anti-snap locks, and smart locks.

INSTALL AN ALARM SYSTEM

Sometimes, door and window locks are just not enough. With criminals getting smarter every day, it only makes sense to upgrade your business’s security and foil any plans they may have of jeopardising your safety and security.

An alarm system is a system made up of different types of sensors placed on key locations around the property. These sensors pick up on any unusual movement or activity and sound a loud siren to alert all those around of the intrusion.

Alarm systems are extremely effective, especially for business premises after hours when the property is usually empty and any movement or activity can be considered a potential threat. They can be activated to get triggered as soon as someone walks by the sensors and can also be used to send notifications and alerts to those in charge of the business’s security.

For added security and protection, you may opt for professional alarm monitoring services where once the alarm is triggered, a monitoring company is immediately notified so that they can take the necessary action. This service is particularly useful for after work hours when the alarm may go unnoticed due to no one being present on the property, or in case the relevant people are unable to answer to the notifications and alerts.

INSTALL CCTV CAMERAS

It’s physically impossible to have eyes everywhere on your commercial property, and this is something that opportunist criminals take full advantage of. Even if you deploy security guards and personnel throughout the property, there are bound to be a few blind spots, and human oversight and error are always an issue.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution for this problem in the form of CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) cameras. These surveillance systems can be placed all over the business premises to cover every area, and what’s great about them is that, unlike human security guards, they don’t even blink and will never get tired.

They can be used to not only monitor real-time footage around the property but also recorded footage to be viewed later. Since they record everything, they can also be used as evidence in a court of law to catch and reprimand the perpetrators.

By installing CCTV cameras, you can keep a watchful eye over your property during the day as well as after hours. The trick, of course, is to install them correctly and in the right position. There are several types of CCTV cameras to choose from depending on the level of security required and they can also be supplemented with 24/7 professional monitoring and a rapid response system.

ENHANCE ACCESS CONTROL

Other than using good quality locks on all the doors and windows, you can enhance access control by using electronic door access systems throughout your business premises.

Modern access control systems such as electronic locks, biometric access control, key fobs, access cards, and facial recognition are all a better and more secure approach for business properties, especially if you want to stay in control and be able to manage who enters and exits your property and at what times.

These systems can be installed on the main doors to your business premises as well as specific areas within the property. They offer the best protection against unauthorised access, and since they create a complete log of all the people who enter and leave your property, you can easily identify users in case of a security breach.

ADEQUATE SECURITY LIGHTING

Properties that are shrouded in the dark are a particularly lucrative target for potential criminals. Why? Because the dark provides them with the right amount of cover to carry out their nefarious acts without getting noticed and caught.

Most business premises switch off the lights in and around the property when it is closing time. This is good practice and should be done in order to conserve electricity and energy. However, closing all the lights so that the property is both vacant and dark isn’t the best idea. It simply puts your business on the radar and makes it an easy target for potential criminals.

Using adequate lighting after hours to illuminate all the key areas around your business premises is a basic security measure that should never be taken for granted. You need to ensure that the premises, particularly the area surrounding the building, is well-lit to deter potential intruders and also to make it easy for the CCTV cameras to capture clear footage.

SECURE THE PERIMETER

Perimeter security is an important part of business security, especially for high-risk properties that are vulnerable to being targeted. One of the best ways to secure the perimeter of your property is to use security fencing to help protect your property from unwelcome visitors and intruders.

There are a range of security options including sliding gateways, turnstiles, and vehicle access control such as barriers and road blockers to prevent unidentified and unofficial vehicles from getting too close.

You can also install perimeter alarm systems and place CCTV cameras in key locations over the security fencing and barriers. Also, make sure to keep the area as well-illuminated as possible so that there’s no chance of anyone breaking in, especially after hours. Motion lights are a great option that automatically turns on as soon as someone walks within their range.

EMPLOY SECURITY GUARDS

Although security systems such as alarms, CCTV cameras, and access control systems have become an integral part of business security, you can never go wrong with employing a few security guards around your property. The trick here is to use their services in tandem with modern security solutions.

Uniformed security guards are powerful deterrents against potential criminals, which is why they must be positioned around the business premises, particularly after hours.

Licensed security guards can be deployed in key locations around the property and can be trained to deal with security breaches and incidents in a professional manner. They not only help deter crime but also provide an increased sense of security, better handling of security issues, and quicker response times.

FIRE SAFETY

In all this focus on security and keeping intruders at bay, you must always remember to take steps for fire safety on your business premises. Fires erupting on commercial properties are a serious threat to both human life as well as property and is a huge challenge facing business owners.

Depending on the nature of your business and its operations, it might be at a high risk of fires, and if that is the case, you need to take the necessary steps and precautions to minimise the danger.

Fires can erupt both during and after business hours, but when it’s the latter, the chances of it going unnoticed, spreading faster, and wreaking more havoc are much higher. For this reason, it is very important to invest in fire safety systems and smoke detectors that use sensors to automatically detect the first signs of a fire and alert the relevant people to take the required action.

TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

Your employees are the backbone of your business and their actions will have a huge impact on how successful, safe, and secure your business is. Educating and training them about the security protocols and best practices will help you secure your business premises both during and after hours.

Everyone on the business premises must be told the proper closing procedures, which include locking the doors and windows at the end of the day, using the alarm systems, recognising potential security threats, and how to respond to said threats.

Also, make sure to conduct regular safety audits to identify any new weaknesses or vulnerabilities in your security measures and protocols and keep the employees up-to-date on any changes.

HIRE A REPUTABLE SECURITY COMPANY

If you wish to secure your business premises after hours and don’t know where to start, the best way to move forward is to hire a professional security company that specialises in security systems and ways to keep businesses safe and secure.

At Calder Security, we provide a comprehensive range of security solutions that include not just professional installation but also monitoring, maintenance, and repair services.

We are members of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA), approved members of the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), and also conform to all the relevant British and EU Standards. We follow all the best practices in the industry and install only high-quality, state-of-the-art security systems.

We offer various levels of monitoring via a 24-hour monitoring centre using Dualcom and BT Redcare signalling, which is the most secure alarm monitoring system and the largest supplier of intelligent alarm signalling services in the UK.

We understand the importance of having to regularly maintain security systems since the inability to do so might result in serious faults and consequent vulnerabilities in your property’s security.

We provide professional maintenance checks and reminders for when the checks are due to help you stay compliant with the law and work fast to restore your security systems to excellent condition.

We offer a 24-hour call-out service for customers and can also repair systems not installed by us. Our engineers are highly skilled and can restore faulty systems to full working order in one visit.

Contact us here or call us at 0800 612 9799 to talk to our experts right away!

 

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