Your business security is important. When you are moving into a new premises, you’re busy inspecting business properties. Our expert locksmith shares six things to consider when inspecting the property to reduce your risk of burglary.
Multiple entrances and exits
Take note of all entrances and exits to the property. This includes through the roof, floors and windows, as well as doors. Your main entrances may have suitable locks, but less obvious entry methods may be vulnerable. Multiple entrances are good for staff and customer access, but also give thieves more options to break in.
Potential security investments
Certainly, you want your new business property to have the best possible security. You may have to invest in upgrading your security to add locks to places like windows, garages, storage rooms or other areas. Talk to an expert locksmith before you make a final decision. This way, you’ll know exactly how much extra investment you have to make on the property to make it secure.
Check local crime statistics
Find out if the suburb you are considering is a crime hub. Compare your chosen suburb to nearby areas to see if it is more or less likely to experience a crime wave. Crime statistics vary from suburb to suburb. Check out our Crime in Focus series where we review the crime data from an inner Melbourne suburb each month. Also you can visit the Crime Statistics Agency for the latest data on crime in your area.
Local foot and road traffic
Have a look at the type of people and vehicles that are passing by your business property. Obviously, this is important from a retail perspective. Traffic is great if you are hoping to attract passing people or cars into your business. Unfortunately, thieves are always on the lookout for their next target. Perhaps you’re in a high traffic area, and your security is lacking. The more people passing by your building means the more likelihood that a potential thief has spotted a good target.
Thieves like darkness. So, check out how your property’s lighting is helping to deter them. Visit the property at night, when thieves are likely to strike. Lighting may help deter thieves who don’t want to be seen. Lighting also conveys the impression that this is a business that has invested in security.
Consider how your employees will access the building and have access to its assets. For example does the property have security measures for valuable tools, stock or equipment? Your business security is only as good as your most careless employee. You want to make it easy and convenient for staff to follow security measures. Otherwise, staff might start leaving doors unlocked or forget to activate the security alarm. Take these things into consideration before you sign on the dotted line for your next business property.