Keeping Your Business Premises Secure and Safe
When you run a business, there is so much to think about, and you can struggle to know where to start, from the marketing to the physical dad to day running. If you are doing everything on your own or trying to, it can sometimes feel like everything is stacked against you. When you feel like this, it can be easy to miss things, and those things might not mean a lot to you at the moment, but if something were to happen, they might mean a lot. For example, business security or premises security might be something that you overlook until you need it. So, instead of putting the safety and security of your business at the bottom of the to-do list, bump it up and get it sorted now before it is too late.
Now that you are revved up and ready to take action, let’s talk about some of the things you should be doing and consider ensuring that your site is as secure and safe as possible.
No matter the value of the contents within your premise’s security is a must. You do not want unauthorized access to your premises at any time, and to overcome this, you must integrate adequate security systems. For example, the security of using an Access Card Reader will ensure that only you and authorized personnel can gain entry to your premises. Investing in an adequate security system is important, and it should only be installed by a trained and qualified individual or company. As the security system you install can affect your insurance and any future claims you may make, it is vital that you get an accepted and recognized system. Going for the cheapest on the market is not always the best thing to do. To get the right system and set up for your business, think about how you and others the visit or work use your premises. For example, do you just have one point of entry, or are there a couple of doors in use. Do you want everyone who works on-site to access every area of the premises, or do you want to keep some areas restricted? The more you can establish what you need and want the better, and more suitable your security system will be.
In addition to a good, solid security system, you will also want to be looking at installing CCTV cameras. If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a break-in or victim of premises damage, then good quality CCTV images will help police identify the perpetrators and help bring them to justice. When looking at CCTV cameras, you need to establish how many you need and if you want them to be full color or black and white only. So, do you want cameras internally and externally to your premises and also think about how you access the images. For example, do you want a system that is linked to an external hard drive, or do you want one that can be linked and viewed from your phone? What works well for you and your business?
Even if you only employ one person, you will want to ensure that they have suitable identification. Fake ID badges can be easily made, so it is important that your employee or employees always carry their identification with them at all times while on-site and that when they are not on-site, they safely store their ID. Think about the style of identification; for example, do you want a photo and key details, or do you want a barcode that can be linked and operated with an entry point system.
No matter how valuable or invaluable the contents of your premises is, it is important that you are suitably insured. Failing to have adequate or suitable business insurance could leave you thousands out of pocket, which is no good for any business owner. When looking at insurance for your commercial premises, you must try to stick to specialist insurers as and when you can. Insuring your premises and contents through just a standard provider is no good as you do not know that they will even pay out when the time comes or if the time comes. Instead, use a suitable provider to give yourself peace of mind, and do not forget to double-check the coverage before signing on the dotted line so you do not find any nasty surprises later.