To avoid any threats towards your business, you need to begin to safeguard it, whether this is relating to vandalism or burglaries. As well as demonstrating compliance with duty of care and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), not to mention taking necessary steps to protect your brand’s reputation, you should be looking to make security a top priority at your business. Regarding security, ensure you have the following in place around your premises as a minimum.
2020 Vision, which offers access control systems to businesses to help protect them from any threat; has investigated how you can secure your company:
CCTV in Business Areas
CCTV can have a great impact on any business when it comes to security. The University of Leicester found that in areas around Newcastle and King’s Lynn where technology was in use, crimes such as burglaries were lower. The College of Policing’s Crime Reduction Toolkit (CPCRT) has also found that for every 100 crimes, an average of 16 crimes were prevented due to the use of CCTV.
But why is this the case? For one, CCTV systems can be used by police as an electronic witness to assist when proving that someone is guilty or at least provide assistance in crime at a business. Criminals will also be put off committing crime at a building if they believe there is a good chance that they will be watched when doing so.
Adding high-quality CCTV at the entrance of your business premises can be beneficial as it captures footage of each individual that comes into contact with it. For this, the camera should be able to clearly pick up an individual’s face, unique characteristics of clothing and any items they might be carrying.
Preventing Crime Through Environmental Design
Business environments can be manipulated by the CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) to help reduce crime in the area.
Single and multiple components techniques are created. For single components, consider looking into cash handling procedures so that significant amounts of money can be safely and securely delivered from one secure location to another, such as hiring guards when buildings are empty and setting up security hardware systems. CCTV is covered in this again, though this also includes alarms. Multiple components include ensuring good visibility is maintained around a business’ premises, only keeping a minimum amount of money in registers on-site at one time, and limiting entry and escape from buildings.
The two techniques above have reduced commercial robberies according to the College of Policing’s Crime Reduction.
Although neighbourhood watch programmes are beneficial to the home, they can also have a great impact on businesses in the local area. In fact, the CPCRT has found in an analysis of 18 studies that an average of 26 crimes out of every 100 is prevented due to neighbourhood watch programmes.
To help battle against crime in a specific area, these types of schemes aim to get the surrounding community involved and promote safety to help deter crime. Here are some steps to consider when working on an initiative involving your business and nearby organisations:
- Encourage workers both at your business and neighbouring companies to look out for and report any suspicious activity around your premises.
- Enhance community cohesion and increase the effectiveness of informal social control — break down the walls between your employees and colleagues at nearby organisations too by arranging regular social gatherings and events which involve all businesses.
- Facilitate detection of crime with an increased flow of intelligence between workers and the police.
Local Street Lighting
Does your business building sit in darkness every night? If so, it is encouraged that you enhance the space with improved street lighting. By increasing visibility around the external areas of your premises, you can prevent crime and make people walking past your workplace easier to identify.
More research conducted by the CPCRT found that there were benefits to street lighting around perimeters. In a review of 13 studies, both violent and property crime dropped by an average of 21% in areas with improved street lighting compared to areas without.