Top 3 physical security threats to your business – and how to prevent them

No matter what industry your business sits under, if you have a physical location, there will be security risks associated with it. But what are they and how can they be prevented?

Trespassing and theft

The most obvious issue is that of trespassing and theft. Having unauthorised individuals on your business site is a huge problem that needs to be addressed quickly.

How have they gained access?

This should be the first thing you ask yourself. If your business premises is gated off, have they caused damage when they entered, or have they somehow managed to obtain a key or access code?

What is their motive?

This isn’t always as straight forward as it might seem. The obvious reasoning for trespassing is theft, but it could be a group of youths just looking to cause trouble, or perhaps someone more vulnerable, like a homeless individual looking for a quiet place to sleep. Regardless of the reasoning, trespassing is a crime, but it takes an experienced security officer to understand the most appropriate response and knowing how to solve the situation appropriately.

How can it be prevented?

As we’ve said time and time before, the best way to prevent crime is to invest in a security presence. Mobile patrols and manned guarding act as an excellent deterrent to crime, and not only this but they can lower your insurance premiums too.

Vandalism

Even if nothing has been stolen, the act of deliberately damaging your building is devastating and costly. You need to ask yourself who might be responsible and why they felt the need to deface your property. It’s a difficult situation, and one you’d no doubt rather avoid, which is why a security presence is often the best way forward.

How can it be prevented?

Having trained security professionals on site may include CCTV surveillance. This means catching any vandalism on camera which could be used as evidence in court, but more importantly, it means being able to see the crime either before or as it’s being committed and acting swiftly to resolve it before further damage is done.

Lack of training

Basic security training should be standard at every place of work. This could include conducting regular risk assessments and informing staff of certain security codes, the right way to keep keys safe and the importance of closing and locking doors and windows at the end of every day. Despite this, you’ll be surprised at just how slack some companies are when it comes to educating their workforce about security measures. This can leave your business vulnerable, so it’s certainly worth discussing security protocol with every member of staff.

For more information on how we can provide a quality security service at your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to further your career within the security industry, and you think you have what it take to be part of the Carter Solutions and Services  Limited team, please check the careers section on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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