Is your business or commercial property safe against theft or vandalism? Are you sure? Take a look at the ten best kept secrets for protecting your most valuable assets and know for sure.
1. Padlocks and locks All exterior and interior security doors should have double-cylinder deadbolts with removable collars. The deadbolt should have a one-inch throw, a hardened steel insert, and be protected by a latch guard. Padlocks should be made of hardened steel, mounted on bolted hasps, and locked at all times to prevent exchange. Serial numbers should be hidden to prevent the creation of new keys.
2. Doors. All exterior and security doors should be solidly built, metal lined, and secured with heavy metal crossbars. The jambs around doors must be strong. To prevent removal, all exposed hinges should be pinned.
3. Windows. Secure locks should be installed on windows. Burglar-proof glass treatments are also advised. Installation of polyester security film is one example. This must, however, be used in conjunction with the glass break sensor alarm. Heavy metal grates can be used on vulnerable windows (such as rear windows). For safety requirements, contact your local Fire Code Inspector.
4. Lights. Outside lights must have vandal-proof covers over the lights and power sources to provide maximum visibility both inside and out. Your entire perimeter must be well-lit, particularly around doors and other potential entry points.
5. The alarm system. A licenced alarm company with a central monitoring station should supply and install the alarm system. Check the alarm system on a daily basis. Advertise its presence to deter break-ins with a company sticker or yard sign for an even more effective self-defense tactic.
6. The cash register. The cash register should be kept visible from the outside of the building so that it can be easily monitored, and it should be left open when empty and not in use.
7. Safe/Strongbox. It should be fireproof, burglar-proof, securely anchored, and visible. When it's empty, leave it open, and use it to store valuables when the store is closed. When someone with access is let go from your company, change the combination.
8. The outside of a building. The exterior, including the roof, basement, and walls, should be inspected. Close up any gaps. Maintain good visibility by not allowing landscaping, boxes, trash bins or cans, vehicles, equipment, and other items near your building that could provide access to the roof.
9. Fences around the perimeter. The fences must be strong enough to keep intruders out while also allowing neighbours and police to see your business. Vertical iron bar or 18 inch (0.3 cm) mesh vinyl-coated chain link is a good example of fencing.
10. ID Numbers and Key Controls Keys should be distributed responsibly. A master key system (one key opens all locks) may be convenient, but it may not be the most secure. All keys should be coded, kept securely locked when not in use, and employees should not be allowed to leave them lying around or make duplicates. When you suspect that key security has been compromised, change the locks. Marking equipment with ID numbers should be prominently displayed to deter would-be thieves. Keeping a record of all serial numbers on all equipment may also aid in recovery.
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