No matter what type of business you operate, ensuring your people, property and assets remain secure must be a priority.
To do this effectively, you need to put in place security measures tailored to your business’s specific needs. The threats facing your business will depend on a number of factors, including:
That said, there are several tried-and-tested strategies you can implement to improve office security.
In this article, we highlight five of our favourite easy-to-implement office security strategies.
Your rubbish and recycling bins may contain documents such as bank statements, payroll details and personal data. The information contained within these documents can be incredibly valuable to a criminal – who may either choose to sell it on or use it to defraud you.
This means that, to a criminal scoping out your premises, a full bin may be just as enticing as an open till. To prevent any would-be thieves from breaking into your property in order to rummage through bins, make sure you:
When only one person – or a handful of people – are in your office, your premises are far more vulnerable. This is because it is much easier for criminals to overwhelm or otherwise take advantage of a single person or a small group than a full office. Additionally, your employees are more likely to commit theft and other crimes when working alone.
To reduce the chances of either of these situations occurring:
Metal theft is an extremely lucrative crime. Copper, for example, sells for around £3.60 per kilogram.
Office telephone and electrical closets often contain large amounts of copper and other valuable metals. In order to prevent metal theft:
An untidy office is more than just an annoyance – it can be dangerous. Valuables – such as keys and important documents – may get caught up in piles of clutter. This can make easy pickings for criminals.
In fact, thieves may actively choose to target offices that are in a state of disarray since they may take the mess to be indicative of poor office security in general. To prevent criminals from taking advantage of your mess:
In some situations, it may be necessary for your staff to raise the alarm in a discrete fashion. This is most easily achieved if you implement code words. For example, if an employee encounters a violent or potentially violent customer, they could use a code word to alert their colleagues. To put in place security code words:
The tips we’ve given above will go some way to helping you protect your office. However, to achieve the very highest levels of office security, you may want to look into procuring professional security services. At Churchill Security, we offer a range of professional corporate security solutions.
Corporate security officers are highly trained security professionals permanently stationed on your premises. Corporate security guards are able to provide a range of services. These include:
The role of mobile security officers is to undertake regular inspections of your premises. This includes perimeter checks, inspections of outhouses and other buildings, patrols of large outdoor spaces (such as industrial estates) and interior patrols. Choosing mobile security officers has many benefits, including:
When you choose a professional key holding and alarm response service, you benefit from an additional layer of defence.
Churchill Security will store a complete set of keys in a secure, offsite location. This means that you are always guaranteed entry to your premises. This service is often coupled with alarm response, in which we will be alerted immediately when your alarm sounds – ensuring a hasty, effective response.
Offices which opt to use a keyholding and alarm response service benefit from:
CCTV security makes it possible for you to monitor your property remotely as well as to conduct comprehensive security surveillance on multiple locations at the same time.
Churchill Security monitor visual video streams round the clock, taking necessary intervention when needed. Footage can be used as evidence in court if a crime takes place on your property. Companies which choose CCTV security benefit from:
Churchill Security is a leading UK security company and a provider of expert corporate security solutions.