Busi­ness­es face a wide vari­ety of threats, includ­ing break-ins, van­dal­ism, fraud and theft (both inter­nal and exter­nal). Deploy­ing the prop­er lay­ers of busi­ness secu­ri­ty is essen­tial for pre­vent­ing these inci­dents and keep­ing the premis­es safe. How­ev­er, for many busi­ness­es, it’s not always clear how to achieve this secu­ri­ty.

In this blog post, we uncov­er sev­er­al sim­ple secu­ri­ty rec­om­men­da­tions from local police, includ­ing the Peel Region­al Police Ser­vice, that can help make your busi­ness safer and more secure.

Business security camera

1) Assess your business’s exterior.

The out­side of your store, office or com­mer­cial build­ing may have sev­er­al vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that increase crime risks. Police rec­om­mend con­duct­ing a basic exte­ri­or assess­ment to iden­ti­fy poten­tial risks, such as:

  • Over­sized objects or trees/shrubs that obstruct the view into and out of your busi­ness.
  • Areas where thieves could hide near your doors or win­dows.
    Signs of tres­pass­ing or sus­pi­cious cars con­tin­u­al­ly parked in poor­ly observed areas around the build­ing.
  • “Weapons of oppor­tu­ni­ty” near your win­dows or doors, such as loose rocks or con­struc­tion debris.

Entry control system

2) Secure your business’s entry points.

This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for offices that keep their doors unlocked for employ­ees dur­ing the day. But it’s equal­ly essen­tial for retail busi­ness­es with acces­si­ble back doors, win­dows or receiv­ing areas.

  • Con­sid­er using access con­trol sys­tems that allow autho­rized entry with a code, key fob or smart­phone.
  • If an office must remain open for vis­i­tors, sta­tion a recep­tion­ist or oth­er employ­ee at the front desk.
  • Nev­er make it pos­si­ble for strangers to pass the recep­tion area unat­tend­ed.

Security system with cameras

3) Install a security system with cameras.

A busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tem is vital in every com­mer­cial envi­ron­ment. The mere pres­ence of an alarm sys­tem and secu­ri­ty cam­eras can sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce crime risk by deter­ring thieves and van­dals. Plus, if a break-in or autho­rized dis­tur­bance trig­gers the alarm, author­i­ties will be prompt­ly dis­patched.

  • Install cam­eras at all entry points and key oper­a­tional areas, such as cash reg­is­ters, stock­rooms, deliv­ery areas, etc. Remem­ber that busi­ness theft often occurs inter­nal­ly too.
  • Your alarm sys­tem can be con­fig­ured to detect unau­tho­rized activ­i­ty with door & win­dow con­tacts, motion-detec­tion sen­sors, zoned par­ti­tions and oth­er tools.

4) Prevent retail theft.

If you oper­ate a shop, there are sev­er­al things you can do to low­er your risk of retail theft. Police advise the fol­low­ing pre­ven­ta­tive strate­gies:

  • Increase staff lev­els dur­ing peak times so crim­i­nal activ­i­ty doesn’t go unseen.
  • Ensure sales counter staff have a direct and unob­struct­ed view of the front door and win­dows.
  • Do not place valu­able items in front win­dow dis­plays, vul­ner­a­ble to “smash and grab” theft. Instead, keep valu­ables out of reach and in locked dis­play coun­ters.

5) Educate sales staff.

In retail envi­ron­ments, there are sev­er­al sim­ple things that employ­ees can do to detect and deter would-be thieves – with­out com­pro­mis­ing their secu­ri­ty:

  • Greet each cus­tomer who enters the store and make con­tact.
  • Be aware of large coats, over­sized purs­es or bags that could be used to con­ceal items.
  • Also, train employ­ees to always be on the floor while cus­tomers browse the store. This is a hall­mark of good cus­tomer ser­vice and an effec­tive secu­ri­ty strat­e­gy!

Remem­ber: employ­ee safe­ty is para­mount. Instruct staff to nev­er chase after a thief or attempt a phys­i­cal alter­ca­tion. If they detect any sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty, they should call the police and acti­vate their secu­ri­ty alarms.

Request a no-oblig­a­tion busi­ness secu­ri­ty audit.

Is your busi­ness as secure as it should be? Request a no-oblig­a­tion secu­ri­ty audit from PROTECTION PLUS, and our experts will con­duct an in-depth assess­ment of your busi­ness to iden­ti­fy secu­ri­ty vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and solu­tions.

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Mike Wedmann
Mike Wedmann is an experienced Security Industry Professional with over 25 years experience as a Security Integrator and Project Manager. Mike has been with Protection Plus Inc. for over 20 years. Mike has lived in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years with his wife, 2 kids and a dog named Bart. He has an educational background in Communications and writing. Mike is a published author that writes about his experiences on various topics, including his experience as a parent. Primarily Mike writes about Security Industry products and Security Solutions that benefit consumers.