Firms and companies or all sizes are very conscious of how criminal activity can harm their businesses and are often keen to do what they can to help deter criminals and to help protect their assets and members of staff in the best way they can. Crimes against businesses make up nearly 20% of all crime carried out in the UK and so it’s vitally important for companies to secure their business.
For businesses that manage, store and transfer large amounts of stock on a regular basis will need to ensure they have the right procedures and systems setup to protect their supplies. Carrying out regular stock checks will help avoid potential discrepancies.
SHREDDING SENSITIVE MATERIALS
With so many cases of identity theft and other sensitive information ending up in the wrong hands it’s important to make sure that this info isn’t simply left lying around. File away paperwork or better still shred it if it’s no longer needed, just make sure it doesn’t end up crumpled in the bin.
CARRYING OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT
Discover where your business’s vulnerabilities are by carrying out a risk assessment and then address each one accordingly by implementing the necessary measure to tackle the problem.
If your premises are cloaked in darkness overnight and away from public areas then you may want to consider installing suitable security lighting to help deter potential break-ins.
PREVENTING EMPLOYEE THEFT
All new staff members should be referenced and checked before they start, no matter what their position. All staff should be aware of office policies and other issues relating to potential theft and what the consequences are if they’re not adhered to.
CREATE A KEY SYSTEM
If certain staff members require keys or security codes to the premises then ensure you have a suitable key plan in place to keep track of each one, and make sure that staff report lost or stolen keys immediately.
INSTALL SECURITY WINDOW FILMS
To help deter burglaries and break-ins businesses can now retro-fit special security-based window films to their existing windows and doors. These films make it more difficult for criminals to smash through the glass and enter your premises illegally by holding the broken shards in place.
Offices that contain lots of business equipment, especially equipment that is regularly used outside the premises should be logged and regularly audited to guarantee that their allocation is being used responsibly. Items of value should be tagged or even secured to the walls or floors of the office where necessary.
PREVENT TECHNOLOGY BREACHES
IT security is more important than ever so making sure that your IT system is up to date and properly protected is crucial. You can install firewalls and respected anti-virus software solutions to help tighten up security.
If you’re a little lost as to what the best security measures might be for your business seek out useful advice from your local authorities and other experts. Crime prevention officials will be able to guide you where necessary and for IT-related security issues you can get further advice from local IT companies.