While the vast majority of business owners have implemented one or more security measures to protect employees during working hours such as access control gates and a visitor sign-in policy, sharp increases in after hours burglaries at commercial properties have rendered it essential to ensure that additional security measures are put in place.
1. Have a Monitored Alarm System Installed
One of the quickest and easiest ways for a business owner to enjoy peace of mind while their properties are vacant after hours is to invest in a monitored alarm system.
After being installed and set up, a monitored alarm system will alert your security company immediately if anyone attempts to gain unauthorized access to any part of your property. These systems make use of a series of sensors that are placed in and around a building that are triggered the moment any form of movement is detected.
Most times, intruders prefer targeting business premises that don’t have alarms or CCTV systems installed – after all, no one wants their illegal activities to be recorded.
2. Integrate a CCTV System with an Alarm
In years gone by, a standard alarm system was more than enough to act as a deterrent to intruders. However, this is no longer the case, and more and more commercial property owners are seeing how beneficial it is to integrate a high quality CCTV system into their security setups.
CCTV has the ability to monitor inside and outside your business premises 24/7, thereby also reducing the need for physical security guards. Most alarm companies now offer clients the option of including CCTV monitoring alongside their alarm setups, which allows law enforcement to be notified immediately if any form of illegal access is being gained to your property.
3. Install Ample Outdoor Lighting
No intruder will want to be easily seen while they are trying to access your property, which is why it’s crucial to invest in the best quality outdoor lighting possible.
All doorways, first floor windows and any other potential access points should ideally be lit up as much as possible at night. This will go a long way in helping to deter would be burglars from choosing your property as their next target.
Another area that should be well lit is your property’s roof, as this is also commonly used as an access point – many alarm systems don’t cover this part of properties unless specified at the time of installation. Placing lights around boundary fencing and walls will also help ensure that your property is so well lit at night that it stands little to no chance of becoming the next burglary target in the area.
Don’t wait until your business has been burgled to consider having an alarm system installed. If you would like to find out more about the various alarm and CCTV systems we can provide for your business premises, contact our team and set up an appointment for having your business premises assessed as soon as possible.