With the vast majority of businesses having now shut their doors and many staff members working from home, security needs to become a top priority whilst premises are closed or have reduced staff. If it doesn’t, then these businesses are leaving themselves vulnerable to theft, damage or harm to their premises.
In normal circumstances, approximately 18% of business premises across the UK fall victim to crime, so imagine what this number could be with the hundreds of thousands commercial properties that are currently left vacant?
Both the Government and the Police force are anticipating a rise to this figure, so as per their advice, we want to help as many businesses as possible reinforce their security during this time. To help protect your premises during lockdown, so that you can return to a safe environment to work in, here is everything you need to know.
A 4-step guide to securing your premises
Although we’ve been given a 3-week marker for the end of this lockdown period, this is only an estimate. It depends on if the situation looks promising and even then, only what are considered as ‘essential businesses’ will start to open up first.
To ensure that your business is protected throughout this time (so that you actually have a business to return to), here are 4 ways that you can secure your assets and protect your premises while they are left vacant.
1. DIY methods
If you want to know how to protect your business during lockdown, there are a few things that you can do yourself – you just need to make sure that you are doing these effectively and consistently. Here are some important security tips:
- Maintain your physical security and procedures at all times.
- Identify vulnerable areas and plan to put extra protection on them, ensure security gates, bollards and fire exits are secure.
- Remove all high-value goods and cash to a more secure location and put a note on the outside to advise that this is the case.
- Visit your premises regularly to make sure that your site and assets are secure.
- Test your alarm, ensure it is monitored and fully operational with a list of up to date key holders given to any alarm monitoring company.
- Consider changing access control privileges.
- Consider light timer switches.
- Consider the risk of arson and remove anything flammable from view.
2. One-way vision window film
One-way vision window film is an extremely effective (and cost-effective!) way to deter crime and protect your assets. Providing a one-way mirror effect, this film prevents opportunistic criminals from seeing inside your premises but another major benefit is that it strengthens your existing window glazing. Windows are the ‘weak point’ of any building but with security window film, you can create a protective barrier on the outside of the glass which is shatter-resistant and protects against theft and vandalism.
Protect your assets from view and prevent criminals from gaining entry to your premises with window film.
Want to find out more? Window film can be fitted from the outside of your property during lockdown, so contact Rhian at Applied Products for further information.
01792 895 730
3. CCTV cameras & alarms
CCTV is associated with significant reductions in property crime, so if you want to deter criminals and protect your premises during lockdown, this is an effective method of doing so. As well as deterring theft and damage, many CCTV and alarm systems have remote viewing or motion-detecting capabilities. This is invaluable in our current situation as it allows you to monitor your security constantly without you having to physically be at your premises.
Protect your premises remotely 24/7 with CCTV and intruder alarm systems.
Want to find out more? Contact Dez at H3 Group for further information.
0800 389 2288
4. Security Guards
Bigger businesses like manufacturing companies and warehouses need manpower to complement their digital security measures, especially in times like this where a lot of premises are left unattended. To ensure complete site security, consider security guards to patrol your premises, control access, monitor your security systems, and to deter, detect and delay any breaches in security.
Protect your assets and your site with manned guarding.
Want to find out more? You can take advantage of temporary security contracts to ensure that you have emergency security cover for as long as you need it. Contact Becky & Gemma at RGM Security for more information.
01792 293 249
Secure your premises and protect your assets
The current situation is already proving to be a difficult time for businesses. As we don’t know how long this is going to go on for, don’t leave your business vulnerable. Any issues that may arise due to a security breach could cause irreparable damage during this already trying time, so use these 4 methods to secure your premises and protect your assets during lockdown.
We can help protect your business during lockdown
As part of helping businesses make it through this difficult time, H3 Group is partnering with other local South Wales businesses to provide security to businesses at risk. If you or someone you know is struggling at this time, please contact us; we can help to ease the pressure.
0800 389 2288