GUEST BLOG: 4 steps to protecting your company premises
By Gavin Parks, MD, GPS Installations
Security should be one of the main priorities for a business, especially those with a premise that stores equipment, materials and technology.
With recent research revealing that there were around 4.8 million crimes committed against business premises in England and Wales in 2015, the topic of security in commercial environments is as important as ever.
Making sure your business’ security measures are set in place doesn’t have to be difficult. Technology integration specialist GPS Installations has the following tips to keeping your company safe…
It pays to be alert at all times when at work to reduce the risk of your property being subjected to theft. It’s important that all staff are trained all to be aware of any suspicious behaviour or unfamiliar individuals that they spot either within a premises or around it – and they should be aware of the process to report it.
This is especially important for businesses that have regular visitors through the door. Setting up a visitor management system is worthwhile to ensure you have the resources necessary to monitor and log every person who is inside your building.
Remember to lock up
Whilst you may think locking up is fairly obvious, you’d be surprised how many thefts have occurred using open windows and doors. Make sure you have a process in place to ensure all windows and doors are checked before leaving the property to ensure they are all safely locked. Be sure to close and lock roof lights too.
Whilst some businesses need to keep their door open during their hours of business, an entrance door left unsecured during opening hours will increase the risk of an opportunist theft. In this case, consider an access control system that will automatically secure the door behind you, a keyfob or keycode will then be needed to gain access.
Invest in CCTV
CCTV systems can be used to protect your property and also acts as a deterrent for thieves. Showing potential thieves that you operate a CCTV system can deter them from attempting to break you’re your property. In addition, CCTV technology is advancing all the time, with various systems now available that will enhance the security at your property. 1080p HD or 4K is now the preferred resolution with crystal clear, high quality images, a huge improvement on the earlier analogue equipment that is now being replaced.
You can zoom in or track a person or vehicle with Smart Auto tracking CCTV systems. ANPR – Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras will provide a log of all vehicles that have entered the area, day and night.
You can also monitor your CCTV from any location using a networked system. You can conveniently monitor via Smartphone, Tablet or PC.
Hide your valuables
Whether its electronic technologies, scrap metal, tools or vital materials, you shouldn’t leave anything lying around as it could attract unnecessary attention – particularly from thieves. Make sure that all items are locked away at the end of the day to avoid them catching the eye.