Although many business owners tend to only associate theft with the loss of stock or unlawful entry being gained into their properties, another disturbing trend of late is for business premises to have their outside copper pipes and fixtures stolen over weekends or during extended holiday periods as well. Here are a few simple ways in which business owners can prevent their properties from becoming burglary targets.
Install Business Alarm Systems
Commercial alarms are by far still one of the most effective ways for business owners to ensure that their properties are protected after hours, over weekends and during holidays. Nowadays, most of these systems can be set up in such a way that premises can be monitored by means of a smart phone device as well as by the alarm company in question. One of the best ways to ensure that the theft of copper piping and fixtures is prevented is to ensure that the installation of business alarm systems also includes the placement of outdoor safety beams, as this will provide an early warning system if thieves are somehow able to gain unlawful entry into a property.
Link Commercial Alarms to CCTV Systems
More and more business owners are realizing that there are numerous benefits associated with being able to monitor activities in and around their business premises after hours. Not only do CCTV systems enable owners to keep an eye on business-related activities during working hours when they cannot physically be present; if these systems have been set up to record as well as monitor activities, the footage obtained from them can be used as evidence in court if any arrests are made for burglary or trespassing. However, in order to do this, many counties require that sufficient warning signs be placed on the premises to state that all activities are being recorded.
Consider the Option of Security Guards with Dogs
Another great way to deter would-be thieves from stealing copper pipes and other valuables from commercial properties is to hire the services of an after-hours security guard and dog. In most cases, just the presence of a security guard and an alert dog will be more than enough to provide ample protection. However, before hiring anyone in this capacity, it is crucial to ensure that a full criminal check has been performed and that the person in question comes with reliable references. In many cases, alarm companies will be more than willing and able to assist with the placement of security guards at business premises.
When considering the option of having commercial alarms installed, business owners should ensure that they only deal with companies that have a good reputation and that have been thoroughly investigated beforehand. It is also recommended that business owners choose an alarm system that is based on reliability and the amount of coverage it provides instead of just on the price, as this will ensure that they receive a system that is of a decent quality.