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Published On: Thu, Jun 30th, 2016

3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Business From Intruders

As a business owner, protecting yourself, your employees, and your assets against intruders is likely one of your main priorities. While the threat of digital intruders has become more and more of an issue in modern times, there is still a very real threat regarding property and asset loss from burglaries of businesses.

According to a 2015 FBI Crime Report, there were over 8 million property crimes in the United States alone. The financial loss amassed by victims of these crimes was estimated to be as high as $14.3 billion. By the reports account, about 25% of those 8 million property crimes were on business or commercial property.

So, while cyber-crime may be a rising threat to businesses, there is little doubt that business property crimes are still an issue as well. Fortunately, there are some easy things that you can do to protect your business from intruders.

Here is a look at what they are.

photo ijmaki via pixabay

photo ijmaki via pixabay

Keep Entry Ways and Access Points Secure

One of the simplest things you can do to protect your business from intruders is to ensure that all entry ways and access points are completely secure. This includes everything from windows and entry doors to garage doors and other openings.

For securing windows, your best bet is to utilize reinforced glass. Polycarbonate and Plexiglas windows are optimal, and you can enhance window security even further with window bars.

When it comes to entry doors, you will want to make sure that the entry locks you use are strong and durable. Fortunately, it’s not that expensive to find high quality locks that can help prevent potential intruders from having easy access to your property.

Have an Alarm System Installed

While it may seem like an obvious solution, far too many businesses avoid having alarm systems installed on their property. In the end, it’s by far one of the best ways to protect your business from intruders.

The great thing about modern alarm systems is that the technology that powers them is getting more advanced and cheaper every year. This makes it much easier for you to find an affordable solution that fits within your budget.

In most cases, you can also significantly reduce business insurance costs by utilizing an alarm system. This savings may even pay for itself over the long run.

Create a Visitor Management Policy and Assign a Floor Marshall

Interestingly enough, not all business thefts happen when you and your employees are out of the office. Some can occur during regular business hours, when you and your employees are hard at work.

For mid-size or large businesses, intruders can utilize the fact that employees may not be aware of who should have access to certain areas of the office or business. And, even if they do, they will often not know what should be done if they encounter a visitor that seems to be out of place.

To prevent these issues, it is always a good idea to have a detailed visitor management policy. This will help ensure that everyone is aware of what to do when visitors enter the business. For large businesses, it is also a good idea to assign a floor marshall whose responsibility it is to validate legitimate guests and to confront suspicious individuals.

Guest Author: Carmelo Hannity

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