How Secure Is Your Business Premises?

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There’s a lot of focus these days on the constantly looming threat of cyber crime. And although that is a huge factor in ensuring the safety of your business and livelihood, forgetting about the security of your physical premises would be a huge mistake. If you haven’t already taken proactive steps to minimize risk and enhance your security measures, then it may only be a matter of time until you find yourself vulnerable to an attack. The good news is, you can get on the front foot now and find ways to protect your business. 

Develop A Risk Assessment

All good security improvement plans involve taking a clear view of the existing and potential risks your business faces, so that you can be aware of any gaps in provision and blind spots where you may have been vulnerable. Find a risk assessment template online and speak with staff across all operations to become aware of areas which need improvement and what is happening that you may not have been aware of. This process will help you discover what the areas are that you need to concentrate on. 

Secure The Building 

Each physical business location is different – whether it’s an office that’s part of a tall block or a low-level warehouse with a flat roof. You may need to approach partners such as the building security firm or a commercial roofing company to make sure your building is secure and fit for purpose. Make sure all the doors and windows are fitted with secure locks and think about entry points such as dark alleys where a motion detector light, cctv circuit or entry alarm might deter thieves or at least alert people to their presence. It’s also worth giving your staff a security briefing every so often to reiterate processes such as not leaving external doors propped open or letting strangers into the building. Carry out regular checks of the property and review breakages or damage to doors, windows or the roof. Establish links with other local businesses so you can all alert each other to any security issues or attempted break-in. 

Do Background Checks 

When you employ someone, make sure that you do the necessary background checks without cutting any corners or making assumptions. A lot of crime against businesses can come from within the organisation, so it pays to be sure exactly who you are employing. Background checks before employing someone can help to prevent any risk of employee theft, while implementing a system of visitor passes helps to keep a record of exactly who is going in and of the premises and when. 

Keep Equipment And Customer Data Safe

When it comes to your electronics, you can’t be too careful – both with guarding the items themselves and the important customer data that they often contain. Have a designed secure space that is out of sight where you can store laptops, tablets and company phones when not in use. Make sure all devices are encrypted so that they can’t be beached if lost or stolen. 

Comments

  1. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m certainly no expert on business or security, but even I’m stunned at the number of big businesses that are just not doing these things. They fail to secure their databases because they just don’t want to pay the cost. They don’t do thorough security checks on employees. It’s nuts.

  2. Working with vulnerable young people and adults, I’m used to having security checks done on my past (even the musical society has to run police checks on anyone coming into contact with children). All very laudable but, and it’s a very big but, the Gardaí can only inform on someone if they’ve had a conviction. If they’ve been a suspect or involved in a case that’s been dismissed for whatever reason, then there’s no criminal record.

  3. Good article. Security is so important, these days. Gone are the days of a handshake and blind trust.

  4. Tamra Phelps says

    Security isn’t just important for the owner. It matters for the employees and anyone frequenting the business, too. But, bottom line, the owner will be held responsible if things go bad.

  5. It really does make you wonder when you hear of these huge data breaches involving millions of customers. Could they have been avoided?

  6. Tamra Phelps says

    Security might be the biggest issue these days for employees. You want to feel safe at work, know that fellow employees are vetted and not a threat.

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