Every season of the year involves safety and security challenges. In the autumn, the days become shorter and the nights longer, which provides greater opportunities for thieves and vandals. Falling leaves can make walkways slippery and increase the risk of accidents. The following tips can help you reduce the risks to your business during the fall months.
Installing the right lighting
We have fewer daylight in the autumn. If your business is not lit, it can attract burglars and other criminals at night. Adequate interior and exterior lighting can deter burglars and make it easier to identify intruders.
Investing in a Professional Security System
A proper, high quality alarm system and monitoring equipment can help you protect your business. Many modern surveillance cameras have night vision features, making them effective deterrents against vandalism and burglary in the dark.
Drill Security Protocols
Have emergency protocols and alarm system procedures in place and make sure your employees are aware of them. Teach them about workplace safety and train them in emergencies. Review the connection and deactivation of the security system with your team.
Update your security system for the fall
Summer time ends and the clock goes back one hour on November 3rd. Many companies run on a different schedule for holidays that begin at Thanksgiving. This can affect card access systems on automatic locking schedules and opening and closing alarm systems. Make sure to update all security systems on time.
Clean your exterior and landscaping
Overgrown shrubs, trees that need pruning, fallen leaves and debris can pose safety and security risks. Autumn leaves can make walkways slippery and increase the risk of falls. Overgrown bushes give criminals a place to hide and can obscure the line of sight for officers or security guards on patrol. Maintaining your landscaping and exterior can not only enhance your corporate image but also reduce security risks.
Pay attention to shoplifting
When the weather cools down in the autumn, people are more likely to wear more clothing. This makes it easier for shoplifters to hide items they plan to steal. Train your staff to greet customers as they walk in the door (as a courtesy and let them know they're getting noticed) and be alert to burglary. If a customer behaves suspiciously, instruct your staff to ask if help is needed. This lets potential shoplifters know they are being monitored.
Let the staff go out together after dark
Criminals take advantage of the darker, colder months when it is easier to hide and there are fewer people nearby to observe them. Instruct your staff to be alert when going to and from your company and to go out together in groups or couples for greater safety.
Review Your Corporate Insurance Coverage
It is important to have adequate corporate insurance for protection against theft, vandalism, accidental damage or assault on your premises. Autumn is a good time of year to review your policies. Our agent can help you find the coverage you need at the best available prices.