The Ultimate Guide to Securing Your Business Building

Business owner and employee working in a secured building

Security is something that all business owners need to think about whether you run an office, small store, or shop. But there’s no need to let it daunt you. Or worse, put it off until something goes wrong. Let us help you determine the best security measures for your business.

The two most common and effective ways to secure your building are technology and personnel. Technology includes alarm systems along with interior and exterior cameras. A security official either remains on-site or stops by throughout the day and/or night to watch your property. You should consider one of these strategies or a combination of both. Here are a few questions to help you plan a safer space for your business and employees.

Assess your security situation and needs:

  1. Do you have any employees leaving work after dark?
  2. Is the parking lot a long walk from the building or in a poorly lit area?
  3. Do you hold cash on premise?
  4. Are there multiple points of entry to your shop?
  5. Is it important to see a video of your office interior and exterior in real time on your computer or mobile phone?
  6. Is your business ever closed without employees on site for long periods of time? Weekends, holidays, etc.?
  7. Have you had security issues in the past?

Determine what security resources you need:

If you answered yes to questions 1-3 then a security guard is a good choice for your business. If you answered yes to questions 4 and 5 then technology should be a part of your plan. If you answered yes to a combination of these questions then your best bet is to establish both methods in a complimentary way.

  • Personnel Benefits: A security guard is the best crime deterrent. You receive direct on-site customer service. A guard gives your employees a sense of security. Trained guards handle on-site crime quickly and can respond to security system alarms. They are familiar with your property layout and better understand how to approach the situation.
  • Technology Benefits: Video keeps a visual record of the intruder or issue. An alarm could scare off an intruder and will alert authorities. Footage can be monitored from home. Some systems include fire and carbon monoxide detectors. The presence of a security system could deter intruders from attempting to break-in.

Still not sure the best security set up for your business? Here’s who can help:

  • Security Guard Company – We’re here to help! We’ll fully assess your office’s needs and give you an estimate. Email us at info@weinsteinsecurity.com
  • Alarm security company – A representative can help you understand your building’s most venerable spots.
  • Insurance company – Your insurance company will help you understand your liability, deductibles, and coverage if a break-in happens. Prevention is often cheaper than dealing with a security breach.

The 8 Best Burglar Deterrents Ever

There are many high-tech security options out there, but don’t underestimate these tried and true methods. Here are our top 8 ways to ward off unwanted late night visitors to your business building.

  1. Use motion Lights. Motion sensing lights flood a small area with bright light when movement is detected. The abrupt change in lighting calls attention to the area and startles a burglar.
  2. Parking lots should have good lighting. Keep parking lots and the surrounding areas well lit to make it hard for trespassers to hide or sleep.
  3. Keep garbage cans and dumpsters locked. Eliminate dumpster access to anyone not affiliated with your business. Locking up the trash keeps scavengers searching for food or other discarded items away from your property.
  4. Keep your property free of debris. A maintained property sends the signal that it is well cared for and most likely supervised. Intruders prefer neglected spaces where they won’t be bothered or removed from the property.
  5. Trim bushes as a deterrent for people trying to hide or sleep. Transient individuals look for areas hidden from view and that provide shelter. By keeping the bushes trimmed you’ll remove these secluded areas.
  6. Janitors need to keep doors locked while cleaning the offices. Late night cleaning crews make themselves and your building an easy target if doors are left unlocked while they work. Intruders can easily sneak into the building unnoticed through the front door.
  7. Install security cameras. No one wants to be filmed while committing a crime. Security cameras around your property add an extra risk factor for burglars. A camera is also useful for identifying a criminal if a crime is committed.
  8. Hire a security officer. This is the most effective burglar deterrent available. The presence of a security officer signals to intruders that they are entering a highly monitored area, making your business less approachable. Security officers will also escort trespassers off the property when necessary.

It’s always smarter to be proactive than reactive when it comes to the security of your property and the safety of your employees.