With many businesses forced to close over the past few weeks and working from home on the increase due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it is now more important than ever to ensure that your business is safe and secure. In addition to this, due to the self-isolation measures that have been put in place and the emphasis on essential travel only, it is more challenging for business owners to regularly monitor their premises.
With this in mind, many business owners across the UK who have been forced to shut their doors fear that burglars will begin to target commercial properties rather than houses now that people are spending the majority of their time at home. Find out the steps you can take to help you keep your business secure during lockdown.
Review your security measures
Review the safety of the premises and the security measures you currently have in place. Your review should include looking at the lighting around your property. Well-lit areas around your premises will help to deter burglars as they want to remain hidden, so if your business is not in a well-lit area with street lights, security lighting would work in your favour.
If there are any vulnerabilities, address these immediately.
Lock and secure all entrances
This may seem obvious, however, it’s crucial that all entrances to your business premises are fully locked and secured. This includes securing all doors, windows and gates.
Make use of safes
Similarly to domestic burglaries, many thefts occur because valuables have been left on show. Ensure that no personal belongings or valuables are left on show in your premises and lock any valuables, including keys and cash, in a safe for added security. If you own a shop, you should also remove all stock from your display windows, particularly valuable items.
In some areas across the UK, police are even advising that no valuables are left on the premises at all.
Store away items that could aid entry
If you have any items left outside of your premises which could be used by burglars to aid entry, such as ladders or tools, make sure that these items are stored away.
Check your CCTV
If you do have CCTV installed, make sure that it is fully functioning. Check any blind spots and make sure the cameras are positioned to maximise the visibility of the premises.
Get to know your business neighbours
Simple measures such as getting to know your business neighbours and exchanging contact details with them can make a big difference in protecting your business. Even when working from home you can still keep in contact with your neighbouring businesses.
Building up a relationship with your business neighbours also means that if either of you encounter any issues when you return to the premises during the lockdown period, you can communicate these to each other.
In times of uncertainty, the safety and security of your business premises is crucial. At Fort Locks, we offer a comprehensive range of commercial locksmith services in St Albans to help give you peace of mind.
Our commercial locksmith services include:
- High security key systems
- Re-keyed locks
- Master keying
- Keyless entry lock systems
- Grade 1 hardware
- New keys made
- Locks for safes
- Panic bars
- Exit devices
- No call-out charge
Alternatively, for more advice on the appropriate security measures for your business, get in touch today.