(This is a contributed post)
There are plenty of things you need to keep in mind when it comes to the long-term prosperity of your business. You need to think about keeping your finances on point, making sure that you have new and innovative ideas, that you’re aware of your competitors, that there’s an ongoing demand for your goods or services. But you could do all of these things, and still end up in difficulties, if you’re not careful and/or unlucky. As much as you might like to think that nobody out there would cause your business harm, this is not the case — the world might mostly be a good place, but there are pockets of people who have less than noble intentions.
As such, you need to make sure that you’re keeping your business secure, both digitally and in the “real world.” Below, we’ll take a look at six ways you can make your premises more secure. If you don’t have any of the suggestions incorporated into your company, look at adding them as soon as possible.
Find The Weak Spots
Before you can figure out how to make your worksite more secure, you need to see what your current security level is like. For this, you need to identify your weak spots. Take a look at your site, and figure out what a potential troublemaker may take advantage of. If you’re not sure what you’re looking at — as in, you can’t access the criminal state of mind — then look at working with a security expert. They’ll be able to point out your vulnerable areas.
You already know that in business, it’s not only what you’re saying, but how you say it. A similar approach can be taken when it comes to making your site secure. If your premises looks visually intimidating, or just otherwise that you’re a company that takes security seriously, then that’ll go a long way to convincing a would-be criminal that this is not a business that’ll be easy to target. So what does a visually secure premises look like? It could involve having CCTV cameras, a barbed stainless steel wire fence, and a security guard located on site at night. Any one of these things would send a strong message — put them all together, and you’ll have premises that will be project an image of strength and security.
It’s not only during the night that your site is at risk. Crime happens during the day, too, in plain sight. If it’s not when the actual act is committed, then it can sometimes be used as a research expedition, when people gather information that they’ll use later. As such, you’ll want to make sure that only the people who need to be at your premises have access. A simple way to do this is to have secure access, such as fingerprint entry (which is much better than keys, which can be copied). If you find anyone on your worksite who you’ve not given access to, you’ll be able to ask questions about why they’re there in the first place.
Protect the Stock
It’s important to remember that even if you take every reasonable measure, it’s always possible that your site will be infiltrated. There aren’t any foolproof systems! As such, you’ll want to make sure that, if someone does make it into your workplace, then at least they won’t be able to cause outright destruction. Find a way to keep your valuable stock safe when you’re not there. If you have a lot of goods, then you might need to be more selective — such as, say, keeping your laptops that contain your sensitive data out of sight. Talking of a criminal gaining access, you’ll want to have an advanced alarm system that notifies a security team in the event of a break in. In many cases, the sound of the alarm is enough for a criminal to abandon their plans anyway.
You’ll want to focus most of your energy on doing things that push your business forward, but don’t let your security concerns slip too far down your priority list. A lack of security at your premises can lead to serious problems that can derail the growth and atmosphere of your business. As you progress, keep in mind that, from time to time, you’ll need to review and update your security measures. Take it seriously, and you’ll be able to move forward safe in the knowledge that your business is secure from people with nefarious intentions.