No matter if you are a small business only starting to operate in your local community, or an experienced big company with a lot of facilities and employees – you all need to think about securing your property. Since you put so much effort into establishing and running your business, it would be a waste of time and money (and nerves) if someone stole your data or patents. You need not worry, though, because there are options for you to improve the security of your business, so keep reading and find out how.
Be alert at all times
Many business owners seem to forget that they need to be alert at all times – not just during vacations or when they go on a business trip and hire security to watch over their facilities. Closing and opening hours are the most important times of the day, when you should be vigilant and pay extra attention to people who enter the facilities and those surrounding them. You never know who might sneak in with a group of your employees and do God knows what. Also, burglars can observe your office for days and look closely for regularities and leaky holes – where they can access your accounting office or the like.
Protect documents with a safe
Buying a safe is one of the best choices you can make. Safes are a great tool of protection, and they can be either portable (movable) or built in into the wall or behind some object so that they are not visible to anyone who does not know of their existence. Today, modern safes can have either a lock and key system, a code system or some other fortified type of protection. Their cover is usually cast from steel or moulded from plastic. Depending on your needs, you can choose the one which best suits your business., and keep cash or important company files in it.
Cloud-based data keeping
Today everything is done in a digital form, so there is no reason why you should keep your documents in hard copy, or even print out emails. Printing is not environmentally friendly and can make documents even more susceptible to stealing or damaging (either by water, flame, gas or humidity). This is why you can rely on cloud-based computing to keep your data on a server far, far away. This option is also great because you free yourself of fear that someone can steal your computer(s) together with all important information on it. Cloud servers are convenient for business people who travel a lot and who can thus access their data on-demand, no matter the place on the Earth.
CCTV for small businesses
CCTV or closed-circuit television is a great solution not only for big companies, but for small, local businesses as well. Even though video surveillance clearly gives reason for people to think that there is something important happening in there, this form of protecting your property is great because it allows you monitor all hallways, passing areas, entrances, windows and all other ‘leaky’ spots, which can be a great entrance for unwanted guests. If you hire a security company, they can monitor the facilities instead of you, and if you hire a doorman (for smaller businesses), this option can do just as well. What is also important about this kind of security is that you can record all events either during the night or day, and this data can serve as valid evidence for the police, if something, God forbid, indeed happens.
Limit access to your employees
Now, this does not mean that you should be afraid of your employees and fear that they will steal something from you, it is just that you need to be alert at all times, especially when your company is visited by third parties. In order to restrict the inflow of people barging in as they please, you should give your employees access cards. These can be made for the same level personnel, and even with limited or full access to some rooms, such as safes and the archive where you keep important information and confidential documents.
As you can see, there are many options for you to watch over your property. If there is anything you would like to add, please do not hesitate and write in the comments section below.