4 Ways to Keep Your Business Safe

If your business has ever experienced a robbery or some other kind of crime, you know that you don't want something like that to happen ever again. Thieves may make off with valuable equipment, steal funds, or break into your digital records and steal valuable information.

You don't want your employees and customers to experience that kind of dangerous violation, and you certainly don't want to experience it either. You need a way to protect your business from any further thefts. For that, you'll have to fortify your business with the best of what modern technology has to offer.

1. A Fence
Sometimes you only need a physical barrier like a fence to deter thieves from breaking into your business. It makes their entry and escape very difficult, especially if they want to steal computers or other equipment. However, thieves can try picking the lock, breaking down the gate, or cutting through the fence. To truly make your business into a fortress, your fence should have these features:

Anti-climb measures like broken glass, spikes, barbed wire, or electrical wires strong metal or concrete walls with heavy posts driven into the ground gates with card, code, or fingerprint access, not padlocks and keys.

Having a fence and a gate will deter most thieves, but make sure you get a quality product to keep out more determined criminals. You don't have to settle for an ugly fence to get optimal security either – many strong fences also add value to your business by making it aesthetically pleasing.

2. An Alarm System
Another method for monitoring your business while you’re not around is through an alarm system. Alarm systems keep track of who enters your business and alerts you when any suspicious movement or entry takes place.

You can opt for motion-activated alarms, contact alarms, entry alarms, and more. Just make sure that whatever you decide to use, it protects your entire premises.

Thieves usually target structurally weak points in your building, including:

    Large vents

If you can't put alarms all over your building, at least make sure you have them at these access points. You should also have alarms on sensitive areas inside your building, like in the server or records room. You don't want thieves to make off with your customers’ or employees’ personal information.

If you keep valuable computers, vehicles, chemicals, or products anywhere in your building, you should also have alarms around the rooms that house those items. However, an alarm system won't do you any good unless you have it attached to a service that contacts the authorities. Most alarm systems come with this kind of service, but make sure you ask about it when you purchase.

3. Security Bars or Grilles
You should also defend windows, doors, and other easy-access areas with extra security, like bars and grilles. To make sure your employees don’t feel like they're in a prison, security grilles come in a number of light and charming styles, making your business more beautiful while making it more secure. Choose from many colors, shapes, and styles to create the right atmosphere for your business. You care about your customers, your employees, and your business as a whole, so be sure to protect them.

4. Security Cameras
You could pay a security guard to patrol around your business every night, or you could have technology do it for you. Technology doesn't need to rest, and it can stare at the same spot for hours upon end.

Camera Types
Certain types of security cameras are more sensitive to intruders. For example, a motion-activated security camera sets off an alarm whenever an intruder enters your premises when it should be empty.

On the other hand, infrared security cameras let you see in the dark. If an intruder gets in, you'll not only detect the movement, but you might be able to get a picture of the individual's face as well. You can protect your belongings and prosecute thieves with the same camera.

Camera Sizes
The type of camera determines a lot about the security of your business, but the size of the camera determines a lot as well. The larger the camera is, the easier it is to spot. If thieves can see your cameras, they'll figure out how to go around them or even hack them.

Smaller cameras present a much bigger challenge to thieves and vandals. If they can't find them, they can't tamper with them. However, you can't legally record a person on any camera unless you tell them you're doing it, so you will have to have signs around your building.

Contact Riverside Ironworks Canada Inc. for more tips and solutions on keeping your business safe.

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