Tips for Improving Building Security at Your Business Property
Business burglaries are costing American business owners millions of dollars each year. In fact, in 2015, there were over 500,000 business burglaries in the U.S. which cost business owners $800 million in retail property loss. For small businesses these kinds of losses, even when covered by insurance, can be catastrophic to the success of a young business. Protecting your company assets becomes paramount to the success of your business.
Whether you’re a new business or a well established business, it’s important that you keep your property secure at all times. Despite the fact that many of the business burglaries happen to retail stores, it is still important for companies with office buildings to ensure the security of their property is up to par. Here are a few ways that you can protect your company assets and ensure the security of your property as well as any confidential information or data that you may have stored in your building.
Alarm Systems Live up to Their Reputation
Probably the most obvious solution to building security and still the most effective option is the alarm system. Businesses without an alarm system are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized and about 60% of burglars will seek an alternate target if the property has an alarm. Alarm systems aren’t always cheap but even the most simple of systems can greatly deter theft and break-ins. It’s just not worth it to avoid setting up an audible alarm system.
Parking Tags & Parking Security
When trying to prevent break-ins and theft, it is always best to address the problem at the roots. While an alarm may deter a potential thief from entering your building, it’s always better to dissuade them from even getting close enough to find out that you have an alarm – a good defense is a good offense. Protecting your building’s parking lot is a great way to do this. Having security personnel monitor and patrol the parking lot can discourage potential thieves from ever coming close.
For office buildings you can make the task of securing the parameter of your business property by utilizing parking tags for all of your employees. They are inexpensive and can help building security quickly identify vehicles which may be suspicious. Ensure that you also provide visitor parking spots but require all of your employees to display their parking tags in a visible spot of their vehicle.
Exterior Lighting & Landscaping
One of the simplest and least obvious ways to protect your business property is by keeping your building grounds well lit and maintained. Installing additional exterior lighting can greatly deter potential thieves from ever attempting to break in. It’s inexpensive but very effective. You will also want to make sure that you check your lighting on a regular basis and switch out bulbs that have gone out – having exterior lighting is only effective if all of the lights are working.
Landscaping is also very important in ensuring the safety of your building. Burglars tend to look for business properties that appear run down and neglected as they tend to make for easy targets. It’s not uncommon for these kinds of properties to be short on extra cash and less likely to have building security or alarm systems. So, even if you can’t afford an alarm system, having well-kept grounds and landscaping can help make your business property appear less of a target to criminals.
Hopefully these tips will help you keep your business safe so you can focus on running your business, not filing insurance claims following a break in.