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If you’re hoping 2019 will be a successful business year, be sure to secure your premises with the right security plan.

Whichever industry you work in, safeguarding assets, data and employees is essential to increasing the level of success your business achieves.

Read our guide to a new business security plan that will ensure nothing is compromised and see in the new year with effective security.

Update PINs and Passwords

These days fraudsters can access your premises and data by using technology that can surpass even the most complex security systems.

Last year, nearly 175,000 identity theft cases were recorded in the UK, which can range from hacking into bank accounts, cloning your credit card information when you make a purchase, and collecting log-in information from the likes of Facebook or Gmail accounts.

Regularly changing computer passwords, PIN numbers and codes for accessing doors will decrease the chances of someone pretending to be an employee and stealing valued possessions, documents and data from your company.

Check Alarm Systems Work Correctly Churchill is not an accredited alarm installer so this section cannot be used

Alarms installed by an accredited United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certified body are recommended for any premises, which includes Churchill Security’s own installation team.

Faults such as flat batteries, water intrusion, severe temperature changes or false alarms can all be reasons to consistently check-up on potentially faulty alarm systems.

Hire Manned Security Officers

Perhaps the most effective way to safeguard your business is hiring manned security guards, due to the likelihood of a faster response to suspicious activity.

Day or night security officers will be able to keep watch over entrance ways and exits, CCTV cameras, car parks and anywhere that requires a physical security presence.

There are a range of different security teams that can be hired that all have different capabilities from first-aid training to fire safety.

Install Motion-Sensor Security Lighting

According to a 2016 survey, 60 percent of burglaries take place in the evening or night time.

Effective motion-sensor lighting placed outside of your premises decreases the chance of theft, due to thieves feeling exposed and in-view of neighbours and passers-by.

Hide wires and lighting controls from view by placing cables underground or behind large immovable objects and consider padlocking fuse or control boxes.

Maintain CCTV Surveillance Systems

CCTV cameras installed in places where it can be hard to spot intruders entering from unauthorised areas will ensure your business is under constant surveillance.

It can provide the extra pair of eyes you need from wherever you are to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

Investing in CCTV cameras is worth the cost for 24/7 peace of mind that your business is secure any time of day or night.

Safeguard Data with Encryption and Malware

2018 proved that no one is safe from cyber security threats, with the likelihood of cyber-attacks on computers occurring every five minutes.

Take extra precautions with your computer security by installing trusted anti-virus software such as MacFee, set-up firewalls, restrict third-party access and change passwords periodically with encryption.

Evacuation Plan

If a situation arises when you must evacuate your premises, procedures which help everyone exit safely and effectively are an essential element for business security.

End-of-Day Lock-Up Checks

Double-checking windows, doors and compartments are locked where expensive equipment is stored is recommended to prevent hefty costs from burglaries.

Check lights, computers and electrical devices are turned off at the mains to decrease the chances of a fire, as well as extinguishing candles or fireplaces.

It might be best to trust selected employees who are given specific instructions to follow for locking-up after the business day.


Churchill Security has been providing businesses across the UK with security officers for over 25 years. With a customer retention rate of 95 percent and as a member of the ACS Pacesetters, we are in the UK’s top five percent of private security companies. Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation quote.

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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.