5 essential steps every commercial property owner should take to secure their property

5 essential steps every commercial property owner should take to secure their property

By having secure company premises this will promote company security, comply with insurance requirements and halt trespassers. The following steps may seem obvious, but they are fundamental in keeping a commercial property secure and allowing your business to prosper.

Step 1 – Assessment

The first step in break in prevention is to assess the weak points, similar to a stress test. It’s all too common to get a high-end commercial unit with equipment worth millions of pounds inside, only to be able to enter the unit through a side door that is left open for smokers for instance.

Although no building can be fully protected, accept that you could always be more secure. An open door can be entered, a lock can be defeated, a door can be kicked in and a wall be smashed down by ram raiders. Anyone who is really determined to enter your property will always find a way. 

Step 2 – Deterrence

Often deterrence is the most effective means of securing a building. Security cameras, even if not working, are effective to prevent a break in at the source. If one considers and recalls a time they walked past a property and had a dog bark at them. That fear is what is worth conjuring for any potential person considering a break in. That feeling of overwhelming worry.

Advertising your security with signs that you are covered by; CCTV, alarms or even a security company patrolling your unit at night, would make it obvious your building is secure and could be a huge deterrence. 

Step 3 – Layout and design

Although you may not have any input in how your unit is designed, there are ways to prevent crime through environmental design. Things such as keeping your unit well lit to prevent people from hiding in the shadows, having fences or thick shrubbery to block off certain areas and direct people, for example, forcing them to go past a CCTV camera to even access your unit. These can be achieved whilst not compromising the look of your unit

Step 4 – Equipment

When looking to secure your property, basic things such as the use of a deadbolt lock should be at the forefront of your mind as they can be easily overlooked. Even the most well-prepared burglar may think twice if it takes them a little longer to get into your unit.

Windows can be a weak point that any person could smash and enter your property. These should be reinforced to prevent the most basic of criminals from being able to at minimum, cause criminal damage to your unit.

Regarding identification, if there are any fences around your unit you could paint anti-climbing paint on them to deter a criminal, if it fails as a deterrent it may help with identification at a later date. Furthermore, consider spending a little more on a high-end CCTV camera. It is all good being covered by CCTV only to review the footage and see a blurry, pixelated face.

But most importantly, conduct regular checks on your security equipment and repair any faults you find.

Step 5 – Insurance

Even though these are steps to protect your premises, unfortunately no premises are impenetrable, so having sufficient insurance will be beneficial in reducing your loss if a break in occurs. It is important to evaluate what you require from an insurance policy, so you are not spending extra money on cover you won’t need or use. Some key things to keep in mind include; how much cover you can get for the interruption to business, the value of the goods you need to cover, the requirements your unit will need for the policy and how reputable the insurance company is.