Whether it is your home or your business, it is essential to have proper security measures in place. Your home houses all of your most treasured possessions – including your family – and at any office aspiring thieves are likely to find a wealth of data, stored both within computers and physically in files, which could potentially cost a business thousands.
If you’re concerned that your property is not as secure as it could be, but have been putting off doing anything about it, now is the time to take action. There are plenty of simple ways to improve the security of a building, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Change The Locks
Be stringent about who enters your property. A good place to start is by changing the locks any time you move anywhere new. Whether you’ve just taken the keys for your new home, or you’re leasing a new office block, consider how many people will have had copies of those keys in the past, and the chances of those falling into the wrong hands. Get the locks changed, to eliminate that risk.
If you’re looking to secure your property or business, you should have some sort of electronic access control in place. Change the code regularly, and issue it only to those who really need it. If you issue security passes, encourage employees to wear them visibly at all times so that they can be easily identified. We’d recommend only providing employees with the minimum access they would require to complete their job – only to the locations they need, at the times they need. For example, if you have an employee who never works past 6pm, set it up so that their pass will not allow them to gain access after this time.
Light It Up
A brightly lit building exterior is off-putting for potential burglars, as they are more likely to be seen and identified. Motion sensitive lighting is a great idea, as it will flood the property with light as soon as anybody approaches, alerting you straight away to their presence. This works well for homes or office buildings.
It’s so simple, but many people still aren’t communicating about the security of their property. For a business, you should have stringent security measures in place and ensure that they are regularly communicated to your employees, via email, memo or meeting. For the home communication is important too – try to keep up to date on your family’s comings and goings and ensure that you are aware when the house is going to unoccupied for long periods of time. If it is going to be, take extra precautions such as setting the alarm and leaving the living room lights on for security.
If you have the cash to spare, security fencing can be a strong defence against theft or vandalism. For the home a tall, sturdy steel fence running around your property can make it difficult for intruders to get in, whilst still allowing you to see out. For your business, you could take it a step further with chained fencing, topped with welded mesh. The chained fence leaves no gaps large enough to allow anybody to enter, and the welded mesh on top will certainly put intruders off climbing over.