Businesses up and down the country, now have more to lose than ever before. That’s because whether you have small business premises or big, everything inside is valuable. From company equipment, which of course can come in all shapes and forms, to the data storage systems businesses now use.
These belongings are just that, they’re items that belong to your business. They can be costly to replace but can also be costly in terms of damage they can cause to reputation. For example think about what you store on your laptop or computers. What would happen if these got into the wrong hands?
Here at Tyne Tees Locks Newcastle Locksmith we help businesses every day to secure their properties and keep them safe.
To help even further, we’ve also pulled together a few things to consider to make sure your business is at the top of its game when it comes to security.
- Don’t make it obvious! What we mean by this is, don’t keep your valuables on display. It sounds obvious, but for businesses, things like blinds and shutters should be used when locking up at the end of the day.
- Put some good signage up. To act as a deterrent it is worthwhile placing signage up to let possible thieves/trespassers know that the property is secure and under CCTV.
- Which of course leads to installing CCTV. There are a number of options when it comes to CCTV cameras, so ask your local locksmith who can help you when it comes to supplying and installing the system that best suits your business needs.
- Living and working in the digital age has made security go digital now too. Electronic key cards are a great way to control who has access to different parts of your business. They can also be used as a safety feature so you know who has accessed what part of the building and when.
- For some businesses opting for things like security grilles, security gates or security shutters can be an option and again your local locksmith can provide you with their recommendations to suit your business premises. For example security grilles can be fitted to doors or windows and these can range from bar grilles, mesh grilles to collapsible grilles. Security gates also come in all shapes and sizes and can be manual or automatic. However, whichever type you choose please remember it’s important to install good locks.
- How are your lights? It’s important to make sure there is sufficient lighting around the premises. Car parks should ideally be lit and the entrance to your premise should be illuminated. If you don’t want this all of the time, why not consider motion lighting? Helping to deter thieves as well as offering better lighting for employees coming and going, especially in those winter months!
- Don’t forget your fire doors. It’s of course the law now for all businesses to conduct fire risk assessments and making sure you have the right fire door is part of the process. These do have different locking mechanisms so it’s important to make sure they adhere to all of the relevant codes.
- This is also an ideal time to check your door openers and closers. Making sure that all doors close properly and remembering that these will often need maintenance and repair work. Don’t put these little jobs off as again it could be more costly in the long run.
- Install a good alarm system. Alarms are the best way to prevent break-ins. They raise awareness and also in some instances can be linked to your local police who can contact you or your designated security office to inform you of a possible break-in or tampering with the locks.
Keeping your business safe and secure is vital and locksmiths up and down the country work with clients to make sure that locks are repaired, fitted correctly and upgraded as appropriate. Get more information on our Commercial Locksmith page.
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