HERE ARE SIX COMMERCIAL BURGLARY PREVENTION TIPS TO CONSIDER:
1. Change entry and safe combinations when an employee leaves the company.
If you own a small business, it’s best to change the combination to the entrance of the building and/or safe if ever an employee decides to seek employment elsewhere. Even if someone leaves on good terms, you’re better off taking a moment to do this.
You may want to think about getting an access control system, which enables you to manage whom gains entry to the building. For businesses that still use keys, contemplate new ones bearing the engraving “Do Not Duplicate,” so employees cannot make any copies prior to leaving.
2. Let there be light.
Burglary is a crime of opportunity. A property that looks secure isn’t an ideal target, and if the exterior of a business appears to reflect attention to security, the burglar will likely look for an easier opportunity. A business located in a high-crime area, in a remote area, or in a poorly lit area, is at greater risk of burglary—the local police can provide statistics on burglary for the area.
Most burglaries at non-residential properties occurred at night. Strategically installing lights on the exterior and interior of a commercial building is a key part of securing the property. This includes entrances, exits, and windows, as well as parking lots and garages. There are even motion-activated lights available, to catch unwanted visitors by surprise.
3. Mind the landscaping.
You don’t want to give burglars places to hide as they make their way into a building. Installing lights is one way to expose their whereabouts. Keeping the landscaping simple is another. Refrain from incorporating tall trees and other plants into the design near the building. Instead, opt for small, thorny shrubs and bushes near all the entrances, to help ward off intruders. Doing so may not seem effective on its own, but combined with the other tips on this list, could make all the difference.
4. Set up a reliable alarm system.
Approximately 83 percent said they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target if there was an alarm on-site. Among those who discovered the presence of an alarm while attempting a burglary, half reported they would discontinue the attempt, while another 31 percent said they would sometimes retreat. Only 13 percent said they would always continue with the burglary attempt.
A modern alarm system comes equipped with all the bells and whistles to ensure an intruder won’t get away with breaking into a building. This includes door and window sensors, as well as interior motion sensors, which will activate the siren if any movement is detected. It also enables you to connect your smartphone with the system, so you can control it from anywhere—even when you’re not physically in the building.
5. Use video surveillance.
Burglars not only look for signs of an alarm system, but also escape routes, and outdoors cameras or other surveillance equipment. Installing a video surveillance system, therefore, can be extremely beneficial, especially if the camera is high-quality and forms a high-definition picture. This way, you’ll be able to clearly see the people as they enter and exit the building. Other features, such as digital zoom and smart mode, are also helpful, and keep you even more informed about what’s happening at your place of business at all times. If there is ever a suspicious person lingering on your property, you’ll receive a detailed account on what he or she is doing—all you need is your smartphone, iPad or desktop computer.
6. Let intruders know you’re watching them.
Remember: Most burglars will chose another property if there are any indications their current target is being watched. Make it easy for them to change their mind about breaking into your business by putting signs up that clearly state the premises has working cameras and an alarm system in place.
BSG helps commercial properties stay safe by offering premier security in the form of video surveillance, as well as alarm, access entry and intercom systems. Find out about the areas we serve, and don’t hesitate to request a quote from us, today.