quite common to see a rise in the crime rate during an economic downturn.
Among the most prevalent crimes are burglary and robbery.
If you are a businessman, you have enough
to worry about without having to contend with losses as a result of
burglary to your premises, don't you agree? So the most sensible thing to
do is to take precautions to minimise the chances of your premises being
Many professionals in the security business
will tell you that to minimise loss in the event of burglary, you need a
combination of good security features, alertness and common sense.
The first thing you should do to deter
burglars is to install good locks. Particular attention should be paid to
exterior doors - they should have deadbolt locks. Security experts would
also advise you to secure all exposed exterior door hinge pins to prevent
If your business is located in a building
that has a large expanse of glass on the exterior facade, you should
protect these areas by using bars, metal screens or burglary-resistant
glazing materials - in other words, shatter-proof glass - to deter
burglars from breaking in. Burglar-resistant glass is a laminated sandwich
comprising a sheet of invisible plastic compressed between two sheets of
glass and mounted like ordinary plate glass.
When used in exterior doors, windows,
display windows, and in interior showcases, this type of glass deters
burglars. It has a high tensile strength that allows it to take
considerable beating and is therefore useful in areas with vandalism
problems. Of course, it can be broken with continual hammering - such as
with a sledge-hammer or a hefty baseball bat. But it will not shatter;
instead it will crack but will still be held together. The burglar who is
patient enough to bang a hole in the glass will find it bordered by a
barrier of jagged glass icicles.
Besides these measures, you should install
a security system on the premises - preferably an alarm system that is
monitored offsite. With the advances in technology these days, proprietors
can choose where the alarm signal should be sent.
The alarm system could be monitored by the
security firm itself, which would then contact the police; alternatively
the warning signals could be routed to the nearest police station or even
directly to your handphone.
To complement the alarm system, you could
also opt to have a private police or security patrol - especially if your
company has a valuable inventory. Many a burglary has been foiled by the
intervention of security guards onsite. At other times, they can discover
the break-in shortly after it occurs and nab the culprit.
In either case, their prompt action in
notifying the police can increase the likelihood of catching the culprit
and recovering your merchandise and money. A private patrol is also
qualified to testify on the condition of the premises prior to a crime,
which would help expedite the payment of insurance claims.
Some security agencies also offer watchdog
services. You could use these services on a sort of spot-check basis a few
nights a week to deter burglars. In fact, according to experts, watchdogs
are possibly one of the best burglary deterrents. A good guard dog would
alert people nearby when an unfamiliar person enters the property. It is
also a signal to a burglar that he's unwelcome and should look elsewhere
for easier pickings, unless he is willing to risk potential injury and
If you opt to have such a service, you
should also post "beware of dog" signs or stickers around the
property as a further deterrent.
Another precautionary measure is to install
camera equipment on the premises that can photograph robbers, especially
when you have valuable merchandise.
If your company is involved in retail
products, security experts would advise that you keep as little cash on
the premises as possible as cash on hand is often the primary lure for
robbers. Do not set up cashier operations so that they are visible to
outsiders - the sight of money can be a temptation. Balance your register
an hour or two before and not at closing time, which could be late. Make
it a rule to keep your safe locked even during business hours.
Make daily bank deposits. Check the amount
of cash in your register and remove all excess cash several times a day.
When going to the bank, take a different route each day and vary the time
of the deposit. Remember though, that it is not only cash that lures
burglars but also easy to move - and easy to sell on the black market -
computer equipment. To protect your equipment you should clamp or lock
your computers to the desks or workstations. Security kits for such
purposes are available and fairly reasonably priced.
You should also maintain records of serial
numbers for all computer equipment. However, to be realistic, there is
little chance of recovery when computers are stolen. To ensure that not
everything is lost in the case of burglary, you should also back up your
company's data and programs on a regular basis and store them elsewhere.
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