When peo­ple think about secu­ri­ty, they often tend to assure that their homes are safe and secure. But, is your office safe enough? We should also think about the secu­ri­ty of our office build­ings as we spend a good amount of our time at work. At times, we may leave valu­ables at our office desks that could be at risk. In addi­tion, expen­sive office equip­ment (such as com­put­ers) can be major tar­gets. There­fore, it is impor­tant to increase office secu­ri­ty.

A great first step to increas­ing office secu­ri­ty is to approach your space like a crim­i­nal. This could include view­ing your prop­er­ty from a dis­tance with the mind­set of a crim­i­nal. Are there places with­in the land­scap­ing that make for good hid­ing places? Are there obscure entry ways? Is there bright enough light­ing? Are there “weapons of oppor­tu­ni­ty” (rocks, ash­trays, sticks, etc.) lying around in which crim­i­nals could break a win­dow open? Be sure to rec­ti­fy any of these sit­u­a­tions to increase secu­ri­ty.

In addi­tion, to sur­vey­ing your build­ing in the mind­set of a crim­i­nal, adhere to the fol­low­ing 5 ways to increase office secu­ri­ty:

  1. Install an alarm sys­tem- It may sound obvi­ous, but installing an alarm sys­tem is a sim­ple first step to increas­ing office secu­ri­ty. There are var­i­ous alarm sys­tems avail­able for many dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions.
  2. Hire secu­ri­ty per­son­nel- Secu­ri­ty guards can help to mon­i­tor who has access to the build­ing as well as pro­tect the per­son­al safe­ty of your employ­ees. If there are employ­ees that work late, secu­ri­ty per­son­nel is use­ful in assist­ing with park­ing lot safe­ty.
  3. Pro­tect the out­side of the build­ing- Motion sen­sors and bright light­ing out­side of your build­ing can be help­ful deter­rents to crim­i­nals.
  4. Secure entrances- Any access to your office should be secure. Employ­ees should have ID’s and be aware of the pro­to­col for enter­ing and exit­ing the office. In addi­tion, Access Con­trol Sys­tems help you con­trol and record access to your front door and any oth­er area you would like sim­i­lar con­trol for. Please remem­ber, any doors that are not com­mon­ly used should remain locked from the inside and out.
  5. Talk to a pro­fes­sion­al- Call a com­pa­ny who installs alarm sys­tems and can pro­vide you with an array of secu­ri­ty solu­tions. These knowl­edge­able pro­fes­sion­als can answer any ques­tions you may have and also give rec­om­men­da­tions on what secu­ri­ty mea­sures your office may need depend­ing on the size, loca­tion, etc.

When it comes to increas­ing office secu­ri­ty, the above ways are sure to help. Var­i­ous fac­tors may affect the type of office secu­ri­ty you require. Fac­tors such as loca­tion, office size, num­ber of employ­ees, and bud­gets are just a few of these impor­tant fac­tors. Call a Secu­ri­ty Solu­tions com­pa­ny today to ensure your office is pro­tect­ed and to answer any fur­ther ques­tions you may have.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.