There are many obstacles your business could be facing, such as unsatisfied customers, changing markets and trends, and uncertainty about the future. And unfortunately, crime also remains a major concern for many businesses. Nowadays technology has made it easier for cybercriminals to hack into business accounts and steal from them. Businesses need to take precaution and find techniques that’ll protect them. Here are some ideas on how to protect your business.
You need to have surveillance cameras with night vision set in place outside and inside your business. If your business has a security camera, it’ll deter any perpetrators. Criminals hate having an audience and they usually scout an area first before they break in. If they see a camera, they’re more likely to be deterred.
Some criminals don’t realise there are cameras and every act is captured. This footage is crucial because it serves as evidence in court. When businesses have surveillance cameras installed in their buildings, it can help police solve the case. The police are able to identify the perpetrator by watching the videos. And they can extract other crucial evidence, such as the vehicle they were using, and the case can be solved quickly.
Having a security guard on your premises is important because they’re the eyes and ears of the company. Security guards know the ins and outs of a building and they’ll be able to provide proper security. You just need to make sure you screen them before you allow them to guard your business.
You need to make sure they have no criminal record and are actually fit and healthy for the job. For example, if they have poor eyesight, it could be a hindrance because they’ll need to be able to see far at night. They also need to be fit as they may find themselves climbing over walls and bushes to catch the criminals. They’ll also be standing for long periods of time and need to walk around to survey the place. If they’re unfit, they may get tired quickly.
Even if you have man traps and cameras securing your business, security guards still play a vital role in protecting your business.
A key way to protect your business is by installing an alarm system that’ll catch criminals off guard. It’s helpful because, even if there’s no one in your building, it’ll still be protected.
If you have signage outside warning criminals that there’s an alarm system, they could be deterred because they may feel it’s time-consuming to deactivate the system.
Let there be light
Criminals love a secluded, dark area and that’s why adequate lighting is essential to deter any criminals. You should install motion-activated flood lights which will be able to detect a human body passing by and then the detector will sound the alarm.
Adequate lighting will also help your security guard be able to see any suspicious activity clearly.
Screen your employees
It’s not enough to just interview your employees, it’s important that you screen them as well. You need to make sure they have no criminal record.
If they do have a criminal background, they may steal from you because they’ll have inside information into how your business is run.
Shred your documents
Identity theft is a huge problem for businesses and customers. That’s why you have to shred documents because they may carry important information that criminals are seeking. If the documents have confidential information, such as identity numbers, bank account details, credit card information, addresses and phone numbers, they should be shredded.
If you feel that it’ll be time-consuming, there are professional businesses that shred documents.
If you can’t shred some of your documents, then you should purchase a safe so you can store them for future use.
Protect your business from shoplifting
Shoplifting could cause your business to operate at a loss. Door scanners, cameras and security guards can protect your business from shoplifters. You can also minimise theft by keeping expensive items locked away in cabinets and check customer bags when they leave the store.
Another way to deter criminals is to place anti-theft signs around your shop, where they’ll be clearly visible to perpetrators. They could let the criminal know that if they’re caught, they’ll be persecuted. Research shows that if the signage has eyes in the design, it’ll dissuade the criminal.