How to make your business secure during an extended shutdown period
Listed below are seven top tips that could help you make your business secure during an unexpected or extended shutdown period. Most won't cost anything, just the time it takes to check or do, and some may even save you money.
1. Move equipment and data to a secure area
“Out of sight, out of mind” is an old saying, but out of sight is also out of temptations way for opportunistic burglars.
- Move valuable equipment away from prying eyes
Move equipment away from ground floor windows to a locked back office or storeroom. If it’s not possible to move larger equipment, at least unplug it if it’s not going to be used. Not only could this help with power consumption but will also reduce the risk of fire during the shutdown.
- Secure your data
You may need to consider additional measures to secure data, either held electronically or physically during an extended shutdown. Storing information in an off-site location is something that can be done easily. This could be particularly important for financial services providers. While the contents of an office may not cost much to replace, the long-lasting effects of losing sensitive customer information can last for many years and be much harder to recover from.
- Advertise that no valuables are on the premises
You may also think about using signage to advertise the fact that no valuables are held in the premises, and that CCTV is in use (even if it isn’t!)
Test your security equipment
Test your fire and intruder detection systems are working correctly. You should be testing on a regular basis anyway, but there is nothing worse than discovering a camera has not been aligned for the last three months, so you have no footage of that vital access point. If you are unsure about running tests, contact your security provider for help.
Review your door entry and access control systems
During normal operation, key card and token entry systems are a great way to ensure that only authorised staff are able to legitimately enter your site or gain access to particular parts of the building.
- Review Access Rights
During an extended shutdown, it’s a good idea to review who has access to what and, if needed, you can you can temporarily withdraw or restrict access rights to all but a few key workers. This helps to ensure any working restrictions are maintained and allows you to ensure areas are locked down.
- Restrict and Limit Visitors
Visitors to your site, such as deliveries or tradespeople, could also be given limited access to particular areas, while other areas are kept strictly off limits.
Inform your monitoring company
If you use remote monitoring services already, inform them of any changes in your working patterns, so they don’t mistake a daytime alarm activation as an authorised entry. If you don’t use such a service, now could be a good time to look into the options available. Many security monitoring companies, STANLEY Security included, are able to use your existing security and provide monitoring without even having to visit site.
Check notifications and verified alarms
Depending on your security systems, you may be able to get notifications of issues via email or text message, which will make keeping on top of security that much easier and more effective. Alternatively, consider remote security services to take over this task. You can be assured that any alarms that are activated are reviewed and checked by trained security staff.
Police in the UK will only offer a response to verified alarm signals from systems which have been granted a Police URN (Unique Reference Number). Alarms that have gone through a monitoring station are classified as “verified” alarms, (i.e. not potentially false alarms) and therefore will be responded to by police.
Replace manned guarding with remote video patrols
If you currently have regular patrols of physical security, you may find that site visits are affected or may be restricted to areas that can be patrolled with a vehicle. Also, patrols can be costly and rely on availability of security personnel to attend sites. CCTV monitoring solutions are one way to increase perimeter checks and reduce the cost of man-guarding. Check with your security provider for details of services available.
Finally – Remember to lock the doors and windows!
Yes, it seems obvious, but it’s worth checking and double checking. We’ve all done it, I’m sure, particularly if the closure is unexpected. Take the time to walk the perimeter and check all the doors and windows to ensure they are secured.
Those are our top tips for better security during extended closure periods. If you would like to know more about the security and fire protection services provided by STANLEY Security and how our remote monitoring systems can help secure your business during lockdown, please click below.