Top Tips For Protecting Your Business From Common Security Threats

How confident do you feel about the security of your business? Do you think the current level of security is doing enough to deter thieves from attempting to engage in criminal activity in your business? Furthermore, do you have surveillance systems in place to minimize the threat of internal theft in your business?

The team from Chartercom Security have provided the following tips for business owners.

Use security systems to assist you with apprehensions

If you are managing the security for your business, you need a system that can help alert you to theft and security breaches promptly, as well as to help you identify and apprehend suspects involved in criminal activity on your business premises.

Many businesses suffer from failed or missed apprehensions due to insufficient security system setups. For example, shoplifters often get away with theft due to a poor loss prevention strategy being implemented for the business. Lowe’s suffered heavy inventory shrinkage with its policy of “Let them leave”, which would even see the same shoplifters return to steal more items. To prevent and deter these types of activities occurring in your business, you should invest in a security surveillance system that involves the following.

Guarding services

Increase your security manpower with uninformed or non-uniformed guard services, as well as customer service concierges and mobile patrols for your business’s asset protection.

Physical barriers

You need to ensure that your security system is fortified and can deter the temptations of would-be criminals to see your business as an easy target. Install security locks that are wireless and can only be accessed by management and utilize high definition video surveillance that will be able to easily identify suspects that are looking to steal or vandalize assets on your business premises.

Leverage the manpower of security response teams

Fighting crime against your business as a one-man army will have you chasing your tail. Your business needs a security force that can handle small and large groups of criminal activities, should alerts be raised. The absence of this may result in the greater loss to your business, not to mention the utter frustration of allowing criminals to escape.

Alarm monitoring

Alarmed environments will deter would-be intruders from trespassing or committing criminal activities on your premises. When alarms are linked to a central security operational unit such as Chartercom Security’s Control Room, you can have complete confidence and peace of mind that your business will be watched 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Ensure your business is protected from other threats such as fire and data breaches

Fire can occur when you least expect it. That’s why you need a security sensor that can alert you to smoke or fire that may affect your business. In addition, it can alert you and the relevant authorities to prevent extensive damage to your business and its inventory. You need to be equipped with proper fire extinguishers ( ready to be used if there is fire.

Furthermore, there is also a rapid growth in cybercrime that can potentially affect your business. In the US, Target’s shareholders were forced to pay $148 million following a hack into their business system. It forced its CEO to step down from their position. Don’t be left in a position where your data records can be stolen. Consider IT security protection to protect your business from Internet fraud.

Thieves game your business’s return policies

One of the biggest threats to your business is the way thieves can game your return policies. If you aren’t careful, not only will you be losing financially, but you could also be facing inventory shrinkage.

Business owners need to adopt a proactive approach in order to effectively alleviate the common safety risks encountered in the day-to-day operations of their business. Failure to do so can result in significant financial losses which can place the life of the business in jeopardy. Prevention is always better than a cure.

Dragan Sutevski

Posted by Dragan Sutevski

Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan