19:00 06 July 2016
Focusing on running your business can be hard enough, let alone when you have to worry about other considerations like security, however if you don’t want to suffer repeat break-ins, you are going to want to make some changes to your office space, whether you work in a rented space within an office block with other companies; own the actual office block; or work in a single, smaller building.
Don’t let people get too close to your office. Many office blocks nowadays will have either an intercom or secretary. They achieve the same function: they stop people getting up to your office during the day, however, that isn’t really much of a safety concern as you’ll be there during the day and so burglars aren’t exactly going to stage a midday raid. I would consider getting the building management to deploy both tactics. Get an intercom to announce your presence to either the office or the secretary, who then can buzz the person in or direct them to the office if they have leave to do so. Getting a video intercom system from www.metrolocks.co.uk could also be a viable option, although might be overkill if you already have a secretary as well.
Monitored Alarm System
Half the battle of fighting thieves is deterring them and a good, visible alarm system will do that, however some thieves will test their luck and try it anyway. That’s where monitored alarm systems come in. You can either have the alarm sent straight to the police who can show up within minutes or the system will alert you, which can then link you to the CCTV where you can see if it’s a false alarm before calling the police in the event it’s the real deal.
Lighting and Psychology
Believe it or not, having an outside light, even a motion censored one, will do wonders at deterring criminals and at little cost. The reason for this is psychology. The light will make the criminals feel observed and as we all know, darkness is a thief’s best ally, and so taking that away means a criminal is less likely to make an attempt on your office space.
You wouldn’t leave your bike out on the street overnight with no chain or lock and so you shouldn’t with your computers and laptops. You can buy computer locks which are strong chains that can then be locked to an object like a table or wall with a special bolt attached. It just means that they won’t be going anywhere with the computer or laptop without also dragging the desk with them. It’s your last line of defence. If thieves manage to get through the rest of security and into your office or building, they will be stymied and unless one of your staff left their bag over night, the thieves will be leaving with a very poor haul.
My final piece of advice is don’t let your guard down and stay focused. When you leave the office at night make sure you double check everything, as it’s the best way to make sure no one can get in. It’s hard when there’s a burglary and you realise it’s because you left the window open. If you’re not the one to lock up, make sure it’s an employee who has your utmost trust.