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How to make your office more secure

While spring is just around the corner, we haven't shaken off the dark nights and dreary mornings just yet. Unfortunately, this means we're still at the time of year when offices are at their most vulnerable to unwanted intruders.

With this in mind, it could be time to review the security measures that are in place to protect your business from malicious intent.

A physical presence makes a difference

In terms of acting as a deterrent, nothing beats having a physical presence on-site to protect your premises.

Unlike cameras and heavy-duty locks, a security guard is able to react to any suspicious activity instead of just documenting it for analysis after the event or temporarily slow a potential thief down in their efforts to break in. 

Such a person being there gives an offender much less time to go about any illegal activity and they also won't like the fact that, unlike CCTV or a padlock, a guard will chase after them!

This gives any office manager peace of mind when they leave their workplace overnight. Our personnel are also friendly and approachable, and are more than happy to extend their services to walking employees to their cars late at night or other assistance outside of their remit, if required.

Security begins at home

One of the best things you can do to improve your security measures is to raise awareness of what is good and bad practice among your staff.

Nobody wants to become a victim of burglary, so any advice on how to avoid this from happening is likely to be heeded by your colleagues.

For example, you can stress how important it is that the last person out of the office night checks the door is locked behind them, while it should be the responsibility of individual personnel to close any windows near their desks before clocking off.

Another tip is to encourage employees not to leave valuables in plain sight after-hours. This is particularly relevant if the office is on the ground floor of a building where items can be seen from the outside - however, it also helps in the sense that - if there is a break-in - they are not making it easier for thieves to cherry-pick the most attractive belongings in as little time as possible.

Keep an eye on access

Ensuring you have a grip on who is coming in and out of your business is another vital element in limiting your exposure to crime.

If you don't have a receptionist, then it could be worth investing in an intercom system so staff working on their own can screen who is allowed to enter the building, without putting themselves at risk.

Similarly, you should also ensure delivery staff aren't granted free access to your premises by propping the door open - it's an open invitation for opportune thieves to pop in and quickly help themselves.

If you have a larger workforce, then making use of guest or visitor passes is another tip - this way, your staff can recognise whether or not an unfamiliar face is supposed to be there. This can also help to encourage employees to ask those who don't have such identification why they are in the office, without them feeling embarrassed about it.

Posted by Andrew Miller, Director of Storm Operative Security

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