Restoring security after a burglary at business premises
For any business owner, turning up to your premises and discovering that you have been the victim of a burglary is a traumatic experience, but it also means they have to act quickly to ensure the premises are secure again.
In the immediate aftermath of a burglary, there are many things for a business owner to do including calling the police, assessing what has been taken and calling their insurance company. But an important consideration after this is making the premises secure again as quickly as possible.
For example, if the burglars have smashed their way in via a door or window, then this will need to be secured – otherwise the business could still be vulnerable to other opportunistic thefts. The quickest way to get the premises secure again is to have the broken entry or entries boarded up. There are companies that provide an emergency service and can be out to a customer within the hour to do this. This then means the property is secure until arrangements for permanent repairs have been made.
The next call should be to a locksmith. Locksmiths, such as Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough, can come out to a customer within an hour and replace any broken locks or change locks if keys have been taken.
Once these measures have been taken, and the initial shock of the burglary has worn off and any repairs to the premises have been made, then it is then a good idea to have a comprehensive audit of the business’ security. This should look at any areas of underlying weakness in the security and what can be done to prevent any further burglaries.
Sometimes it isn’t easy to see where all the potential weak points are, so it can be a good idea to take outside advice from specialists who may be able to provide insights you hadn’t considered. Locksmiths are fully qualified in security so they can also provide expert advice on anything from potential weak points of security to upgrading locks to installing security systems that conform to all the relevant standards.
Extra security measures may be important to prevent future burglaries and to rebuild a sense of safety for the business owner and their employees; burglaries can have far-reaching effects even after the damage has been repaired, such as a lingering sense of anxiety that it could happen again. Adding security measures can also help bring business insurance premiums down.
Extra security measures to consider installing include alarm systems and CCTV, which provide strong deterrents to potential burglars and, in the latter case, can record vital information should another burglary happen.
However, should you want to install a new alarm system it is always advisable to have it fitted by qualified and experienced professionals such as Inta-lock Locksmiths if you live in Peterborough or the surrounding area.
Additional lighting such as motion-activated lights are another simple and relatively cheap but effective anti-theft device – no burglar wants to be in the light.
Enhancing security isn’t just about installing technology, it can be about training employees to be more security conscious. For example, ensuring that any valuables are kept locked away in a safe, ensuring that internal offices are locked each evening when people leave for the day, or changing a door combination when a member of staff leaves the business.
With a combination of ‘soft’ security measures such as these allied to upgrading locks and installing security system, then businesses can ensure that their business is as secure as possible and another burglary is made more unlikely.