Here, we look at some anti-burglar measures to take for your business.
Any business owner worth their salt knows the world is a dangerous place. Burglars lurk outside, vandals stalk the night and fraudsters prowl your internet connection with the fevered anticipation of a lion in a cage.
Indeed, crime is everywhere – the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimate there were 7.5 million crimes committed last year alone, many against businesses. But if you’ve got common sense, you won’t just leave the front door open for criminals, inviting them to an all-you-can-eat crime buffet.
Instead, stock up on the finest security measures for your business. For a start, consider some of these options.
Keep your walls secure
You might not expect it, but a burglar could try any means to get into your property – including breaking through your walls. It might seem like the plot of a heist movie, but plaster walls are so easy to break through that it’s a very real possibility.
Numerous companies offer blast protection to protect your walls from sledgehammers, bombs and any other device that could cause harm. Invest in some for your walls and you won’t have to worry about heist movie marauders.
Back to basics
You can have the fanciest gadgets known to humankind, but they’ll mean nothing if you haven’t got the basics covered. Burglar alarms, security locks, passcodes for computers – they might all seem obvious, but you’d be amazed at the number of businesses who don’t bother with such measures.
The basics shouldn’t, naturally, be all your security setup consists of, but they offer an effective starting point for the rest of your efforts.
Know the net
You might have a security system that detects intruders in an instant and turfs them off your premises with a giant mechanical boot, but that doesn’t stop the newest threat to your security – internet fraudsters are coming up with new ways to infiltrate Ethernet connections, and they’re costing businesses millions of pounds every year.
Whether it’s a Trojan, malware, a denial of service (DOS) attack or a phishing attempt, the prudent fraudster will try anything to get your passwords and cash.
But the solution is easy enough. Pick up some anti-virus software (MacAfee or Norton come highly recommended), keep your passwords difficult to guess and different for every site, and don’t answer emails from people you don’t recognise – you never know who’s on the other end of the line.
More than this, take care on social networks. Scammers are lurking everywhere. If that private message offering you no strings attached startup capital seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is.
The main message, however, is to make sure you use common sense when you’re online. It’s a trait sorely lacking from most people.