As a business owner, the security of your business should always be a top priority – not only for your business, but for your employees too. Unfortunately, break ins and robberies take place across the UK every single day, and therefore it’s crucial that you have the best security measures in place to protect your business and employees.
Generally, businesses are a popular target for burglars simply because of the high value of the assets they keep in their offices. One burglary could set a business back, so it’s important that you’re prepared for the worst and have all of the correct security measures in place to protect your company.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your business safe and secure, from installing CCTV to protecting your premises with metal fencing. In this article, we take a look at the best ways to improve your business security.
Protect your building with metal fencing
Installing high-quality, durable metal fencing is a great way to deter criminals from your premises. Metal fencing adds a valuable extra layer of security to your building, especially when combined with extra security measures such as access control systems or CCTV. Installing a metal fence around your business shows that you’re serious about your security; the individual rails can be made tall and capped with narrow points to make it difficult to climb over. We recommend choosing high-quality industrial metal gates or steel mesh fencing, supplied and installed by a reliable company.
Delivering both practicality and style, metal fences can offer a touch of sophistication while protecting your business. A criminal or burglar is far less likely to target a property with large security fencing surrounding the building; instead, they’ll look for “weaker” properties with little security in place.
Invest in exterior lighting
If there’s one thing that burglar’s don’t want, it’s to be caught. Outdoor lighting can be an effective deterrent to criminals as it makes it harder for them to hide in the dark shadows – something that many criminals rely on. Motion-sensored lighting will instantly light up the exterior of your property should it sense any movement, highlighting the presence of any burglars and drawing attention to any suspicious activity.
We recommend installing motion-sensored lighting in all of the entryways to your business. A well lit business also attracts attention from anyone passing by, and therefore criminals are much less likely to attempt to access a bright, well-lit building than one in the dark and shadows.
Install CCTV cameras
There are huge benefits to installing CCTV cameras on your commercial premises, and it’s one of the greatest visual deterrents available. Again, the last thing a burglar wants is to be caught and therefore they’re far more likely to avoid a property that is equipped with CCTV cameras. Installing a CCTV camera will instantly lower your chances of being burgled; the likelihood of a criminal being caught on camera if they try to access your property is high, and therefore they’re much more likely to avoid your property altogether.
If the worst was to happen and your building was targeted, CCTV ensures that you have reliable footage to pass onto the police to help identify the culprits and bring the criminals to justice. We recommend clearly displaying the presence of your CCTV systems on your premises to further deter criminals, such as with signs or CCTV stickers.
Upgrade to access control systems
Businesses all across the UK are upgrading to access control systems for a number of reasons, with the main one being to boost the security of their commercial building. Installing an access control system is a cost-effective way to secure your building and protect your assets, allowing you to monitor exactly who is in your building at all times and preventing anyone from accessing your building without a keycard.
Implementing an access controlled system restricts unwanted access to your building, yet increases ease of access for employees. With the scan of a keycard or the input of a PIN, you can ditch the use of traditional keys and tighten security, ensuring that only those with the PIN or a keycard can enter your building. Over time, keys can get lost or be duplicated, so you can never be sure just how many keys to your building are in circulation. With an access control system, the PIN can be changed at any moment and different keycards can be deactivated to help tighten security and keep intruders out.
Purchase an alarm system
Today, burglar alarm systems are extremely sophisticated. They provide 24/7 coverage of your commercial building and can automatically notify the police should an intruder attempt to gain entry to your property, helping to give you peace of mind that your building is secure and protected at all times. Having a state-of-the-art security system in place will deter criminals from your property and ensure that, if there is a break-in or security linked issue on your premises, the alarm will be set off and the incident reported in real time to the business owner.
It’s also crucial that your employees feel safe and protected while working for you. Installing a burglar alarm system is a great way to provide your employees with peace of mind, especially if they have to work late or are in the building by themselves at any time. Plus, having a security system in place can help with insurance too; many insurance companies will charge a lower premium than if you didn’t have a security system in the first place.
Carry out regular property inspections
While it’s important that you have all of the right security measures in place to protect your business, it’s just as important that these measures are inspected and maintained regularly too. If any of these measures were to fail or become damaged, they could compromise the security of your property and put your building at risk. Whether your burglar alarm has blown a fuse or your CCTV cameras are blurry because they haven’t been cleaned for a while, it’s important that each and every security tool you have in place is working efficiently and correctly.
To prevent any issues from occurring, it’s important that regular property inspections are carried out and everything is checked frequently for signs of damage or weakness.
Ilkeston Fencing Ltd: Manual and Automatic Security Gates
At Ilkeston Fencing Ltd, we’ve been supplying and installing a range of fencing solutions for almost 30 years. During that time, we’re proud to have built an excellent reputation both within the local community and nationwide. Our metal and automatic security gates are available in a wide range of styles and colours and in a range of different heights and widths. We always go out of our way to source materials of the highest possible standard, using local resources wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure we’re always doing our bit for the environment where possible.
We’re proud to be a local, family-run business and we take pride in our friendly, professional approach. If you’re looking for ways to secure your commercial building, you needn’t look further than us to install a quality metal security gate to protect your business.
To learn more about us and our services, visit our website today.