From the physical structure to the interior design assets, your long-term goals to the daily expenses, your business is a significant investment. This is why it is imperative to protect your business in all areas.
Crime prevention begins with a plan. We have put together nine crime prevention tips for businesses that will help you make that plan and stop thefts in its tracks. Explore them all:
- Use the business buddy system. If you are on a street with other companies, work together and with local law enforcement agencies to prevent crime. Hold regular meetings where you share concerns and crime prevention measures.
- Strengthen entry points. Start by inspecting the locks and latches on all exterior and interior security doors to ensure they are in good condition. If you use additional padlocks, remember to remove the serial numbers so that keys cannot be replicated. Proceed to window after inspecting doors. If any locks are broken or loose, replace or repair them immediately. Consider installing burglar-proof glass or metal grilles on windows. Do not forget to secure skylights or other non-traditional entrances as well.
- Light up your surroundings. The more you light up your building's exterior and parking lot, the less tempted a burglar can be to break in. More light means a greater chance of being discovered.
- Keep your plots and buildings well maintained. Landscaping that looks untidy and building exteriors that appear dilapidated can give criminals the impression that your business is an easy target. Radiate confidence from the outside by trimming the landscape and keeping your building's exterior in good condition.
- Installing Security Cameras. Even the sight of a security camera can be enough to deter crime. If crime occurs in your business, it can help facilitate legal enforcement and be beneficial when filing a claim.
- Tune in to your team. Your team members can be extra eyes and ears to prevent crime with the right training. Show them how to use alarms and security systems. Give them an idea of what suspicious behavior looks like through exercise and encourage them to share it immediately. If you have a workforce that is not comfortable arriving, establish an anonymous tip line to report suspicious behavior.
- Prevent crime in your team. It is also important to stop the crime in your team because employee theft is a significant part of business crime. Perform background checks on new team members before hiring them. Perform check-ins at the beginning and end of shifts to prevent theft. Restrict employee visitors from entering shifts.
- Practice cyber security. You would not install easy-to-open doors on your building, so why use easy-to-crack passwords on sensitive data? Cyber security is an important part of corporate crime prevention. This is why it is important to use secure passwords, restrict employees' access to online data, back up information (and store the backup in a safe place), regularly clean up online and install firewalls.
- Get crime surveillance. Crime insurance can help you recover from employee theft, forgery or alteration, destruction or theft of property, fraud with computer and money transfers, money orders or counterfeit money, and more.
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