Easy Ways You can Improve Your Business’ Security
No matter what is your business profile, size, location and accessibility, all businesses face today more or less security threats.
According to the Crime Against Businesses: 2016 Commercial Victimisation Survey, the retail and wholesale industry recorded the highest crime rate compared to all other business’s sectors with shoplifting accounting for 67% of all crime in retail and wholesale industries.
Transportation and storage crime most commonly related to fraud, assaults and threats and theft. 18% of administration and support reported crime. The most common forms of cyber crime was reported as being viruses, hacking and website vandalism (1). Crime Against Businesses: 2016 Commercial Victimisation Survey shows the prevalence of crime against businesses and highlights businesses can fall victim to a variety of crimes. Follow our top security tips to protect your business from crime and keep it safe.
1. Designate an Individual to Oversee Security
Choose an employee to be in charge of your business’ security who is trustworthy and loyal. While the individual doesn’t have to be an expert in all things security, pick someone who is exceptionally organised and capable of managing tasks like keeping track of what employees have access to security information, a point of contact for your business’ security providers and site owner, ensuring security systems are properly maintained and keeping key holder information up-to-date. Taking an SIA licence training course is a great way to help your head of security learn necessary skills for the role.
2. Be Selective on Who You Share Security Details With
Use your better judgment when deciding who to share sensitive security information with. Ask your security guard to keep a list of all employees who have security information and what they’ve been given it for. This could be anything from a password to log onto your server or an access code needed to enter the premises. If an employee who has security information leaves, be sure to update security details they used to prevent them from further access.
3. Consider Access Control
Access control systems authorize identification, authentication, access approval and accountability of entities through login credentials such as passwords, personal identification numbers (PINS), biometrics scans and physical or electronic keys (2). If there are high volumes of people coming and going on the premises of your business, it can help you rest assured only authorised individuals are accessing your premises.
4. Pick the Right Key Holders
The profile of the perfect key holder is someone who is reliable and able to respond in a timely and appropriate manner to an emergency at your business. Regularly review your key holders and make sure their contact information is up-to-date. If you haven’t communicated with your key holders for a while, have a meeting with them to make sure the responsibility is still one they want and can handle.
5. Spend Money on a Maintenance Plan
From the initial installation of your security system to its regular maintenance, it is worth the cost. Make sure you have a maintenance plan in place to ensure your business’ security system is running properly. While a maintenance contract could seem like an unnecessary cost, it will be cheaper than the price you pay for the expensive replacement parts for faulty security equipment or the money you will loss if you are burgled and your security system is not working.
6. Regularly Revise Technology
Technology in the security industry is constantly evolving, so keep up-to-date with the latest in security technology to discover new products that could enhance your business’ security. Not sure where to start? If you have a contract with a good security installer, they should be able to help you with this.
7. Frequently Check for Site Changes
A site change could happen at any time whether it be a CCTV camera that has been blocked or a lock that’s broken. Make sure your security guard does regular safety reports, so that you are aware of any changes that could pose a security risk and can solve it.
8. Be Prepared for IT and System Updates
In preparation for planned IT and system maintenance, alert your remote monitoring station and alarm receiving centre, so if your network goes down they know why and can undergo any steps needed to re-establish your connection when IT and system updates are completed.
9. Assess CCTV Footage
Get your head of security in the habit of checking what footage your remote monitoring station picks up. Assessing CCTV footage will allow you to see what level of detail you could obtain should a crime occur and make any necessary adjustments to your CCTV system.
10. Think about the Changing of the Season
The Security requirements of your site will change with the seasons. Things such as the daylight hours and weather conditions can affect CCTV and security systems. Think about things such as lighting, whether your CCTV equipment is ready for all weather conditions and make sure all clocks throughout your business are set to go back. To prepare for summer survey the outside of your business, ensuring security cameras are clear of all obstructions and foliage that can grow quickly when the sun is out.
11. Have an Emergency Plan in Place
Despite how secure you think your business is, crime can happen. Be prepared by creating a plan for an emergency situation and make sure your security guards and others involved in security at your business are familiar with it. Within the plan include things such as points of contact, how different situations should be handled and information about assembly points.
12. Think Beyond the Premises
Within the security industry there are many instances when security risks can occur off-site. Maybe you are a security guard manning a store after hours or guarding a building site at night. Think about remote workers and consider whether your business could benefit from lone worker protection.
There are numerous things you can do to improve your business’ security. Comment below to share security tips you find most valuable.