Whether it is a multinational organisation employing thousands over multiple floors, or a small local office, ensuring the safety of staff and safeguarding against crime should be one of the main priorities for a business owner.
Find here 4 tips on making an office more secure.
Carry out a building diagnostic and risk assessment
One of the best places to start is to firstly assess how structurally secure and safe your building is.
A building diagnostics will highlight any structural defects a building may have and provide you with solutions on how to resolve them. This investigation is commonly carried out using a thermal imaging camera because it is a non-destructive method and that it will be able to detect faults in a building otherwise not visible by the naked eye.
In addition to the building diagnostics, a general risk assessment of the security of the office will also garner valuable information for ensuring the safety of employees. For example, if you find that there is a particular period of time where the activity of employees leaving and entering the office is at its most busiest which increases the risk of an intruder entering undetected, it would be a good idea to apply tighter office security regulations during these times.
Modern businesses are equipped with expensive technology and hardware, which makes them a high value target for burglars.
Burglary is one of the biggest fears for business owners and to safeguard against this threat and protect a business’ possessions and generally in the interest of the staff’s safety, installing security cameras or establishing a CCTV system are common deterrents adopted by businesses. With this, many businesses have benefited from reduced crime and found that they are an effective dissuasion for burglars looking to carry out a act. Additionally should a crime still take place, having a camera system in place will make it easier for police to identify and catch the thief.
Asset tagging your possessions
Though asset tagging may not necessarily deter or stop a thief from stealing like a security camera would, tagging or marking your possessions is still a very effective solution in providing another level of protection.
Tagging typically involves the use of a microchip that is small enough where it is possible not to be detected and has a unique identification code that can be traced back to its owner. Due to their effectiveness in being able to recover something that has been stolen or for the capability to locate it, asset tagging is one of the most popularly utilised method of defence from theft of office property.
Positively, with asset tagging, burglars are also being deterred from stealing from offices. As the tags are difficult to see from the naked eye, in not knowing whether something has a tag or not, it makes stealing it more risky for getting caught.
As well as protecting a business’ physical possessions, another critical area of security that is required for modern businesses, is the need to protect our online intellect and business data from cyber threats. In some ways it can be argued that this data is even more valuable than hardware for businesses and to lose it would be very damaging.
With so much sensitive information online both for a business and an employee, it is essential that businesses protect it from the threat of hacks. Ensure you have a solid and trusted security software in place for your IT infrastructure and to regularly be in contact with an expert to ensure your level of protection is up to date and sufficient.
At an employee level and for valuable sensible company documents, make it a habit to regularly change passwords to combat the threat of hackers.