2. Crime still remains a big problem for many people and is something small businesses should be concerned with, considering they account for 20% of all recorded crime in the UK.
3. So youre probably wanting to know how you can limit the risk you may face?
4. 1. Risk Assessment Start with identifying where your company are most vulnerable whether its through the amount of stock you own, sensitive information you store or the amount of cash you have on your premises. Get someone to carry out a thorough assessment and work out how much you will need to spend on all necessary security measures.
5. 2. Check Doors and Windows Dont be a victim of crime through something that could have been relatively simple to prevent. Make sure you have strong and sturdy doors with up-to-date locks and look into getting window locks to stop easy break-ins.
6. 3. Electronic Equipment If access points to your company are vulnerable then you should look into installing CCTV cameras. A popular way businesses choose to tackle crime is by installing alarm systems around the premises with signs up warning of its presence. Hearing an alarm ring may be enough to scare your criminals away.
7. 4. Train your staff Make sure your workers know what to do should there be a serious threat in the work place. Train your workers to recognise any suspicious behaviour and make sure they know where they should go to report any crime.
8. 5. Stop temptation You should keep as little cash as possible on your premises and make sure you take any excess cash to your bank. Putting up signs saying no cash is left on the premises overnight should stop the temptations of a burglar.
9. 6. Shred Sensitive Paper Waste Invest in a good paper shredder. Criminals will go through your waste and may be able to use the information lying around on your documents, you thought you had thrown away. If you do have very important documents in the work place then look into installing lockable filing cabinets to store the information.
10. 7. Employee Checks Before hiring anyone make sure youve done all the correct checks on them. Verify previous employment history and check all their references.
11. 7. Employee Checks You dont want to put any of your employees at risk. Keep a close watch on petty cash and be prepared to fully support prosecution should need be and make sure your workers know theres 100% no tolerance for crime. This should warn of any employees considering theft.
12. 8. Computer Information Theft Computer hacking has become a serious problem and it is very important that your internet connection and computer is secured by installing the most up-to-date firewalls and antivirus software.
13. 8. Computer Information Theft Computer hackers are very intelligent and can access anything from client records to bank account details and other sensitive information. You should change your passwords regularly and use a variation of numbers and letters.
14. 8. Computer Information Theft Computer hackers are very intelligent and can access anything from client records to bank account details and other sensitive information. You should change your passwords regularly and use a variation of numbers and letters.
15. 9. Protect Your Stock If youre a company who own a lot of stock then you should be organised and always do regular stock counts. Always keep on top of what you have and what you havent got, this should minimise confusion should anything go missing.
16. 10. Extra Security If the thought of crime still leaves you feeling anxious then perhaps you should look into manned guarding companies. They offer round the clock protection and can provide 24/7 security.
17. 10. Extra Security Manned guarding companies operate in many different sectors whether its commercial property, retail or events and knowing there will always be someone at your premises will help put your mind at ease.