Data security isn’t the only concern for small businesses today. Office parks and retail shops are prime targets for criminals, especially when those businesses fail to put adequate premises security in place. Small businesses should investigate premises to ensure the safety of workers, as well as the security of a building’s contents, especially if that business operates a warehouse filled with months of inventory. One break-in could wipe out months of inventory, potentially costing a business hundreds of thousands of dollars.
ADT’s president of small business, Luis Orbegoso, has noticed small businesses are more likely to lack the security measures that can deter break-ins. Through ADT Pulse, ADT offers security tailored specifically to the needs of businesses. But he also points out several small business security tips for a business to keep criminal activity at bay.
- Lighting–Orbegoso stresses the importance of adequate lighting at all entryways and exits of a building. Businesses should also leave a few interior lights on at night, Orbegoso says, to give the appearance that someone might be inside. A motion detector can help capture movement on a property, while also preventing false alarms.
- Doors–Ideally, a business’s doors should be constructed from a sturdy material such as solid wood or metal lining. For businesses with garage doors, those doors should be secured with padlocks. Any glass or panels on those garage doors should be reinforced to prevent them from being broken.
- Windows–To minimize vulnerability, Orbegoso suggests covering all windows with burglar-resistant glazing. Businesses should also check to ensure locks can’t be reached by breaking a window. If there are any unused windows, Orbegoso finds that placing equipment or heavy merchandise in front of those windows can deter crime.
- Key Management–Orbegoso tells business owners to give keys only to essential personnel. Each key should be numbered and coded for tracking purposes and, in the event a key should be reported as lost, business owners should have all corresponding locks changed.
- Exterior–A business owner should also take a look at the exterior of a property, keeping it as clean, uncluttered, and well-lit as possible. Orbegoso recommends exterior security cameras to record activity. He also says property owners should limit shrubbery, since it could be used as an intruder’s hiding place.
These changes can make a big difference, not only in a business’s security but in workers’ peace of mind. Small businesses are susceptible to both initial burglaries and re-burglaries, which can drive insurance premiums up and hurt employee retention.