From CCTV to Security Doors: Five Ways to Protect Your Business
It’s fair to say that crime against businesses is a growing threat, and with burglars seemingly becoming more and more sophisticated, it’s now more important than ever to protect your assets. As well as intrusion, there’s also the threat of fires and other damages to your business, so it’s essential that your commercial premises is prepared for all eventualities.
A commercial business would not be able to operate without the people who run it and with this in mind, protecting your employees is just as important as securing the building itself. Whereas protecting your business under lock and key was once the best option around, there are now tons of products you can buy to increase safety and security in your workplace and, as technology has advanced, so have these products.
Just as you have safeguards in place to protect your home, it’s important for your business to be equally secure so that you can rest assured knowing your assets are as safe as possible. However, securing a commercial premises can be quite different to protecting a domestic one. Security features are likely to be much more robust, and it’s often the case that more technological products are used to ensure a business is covered from every angle.
To help you protect your business against the various risks the world has to throw at it, we’ve made a list of five things you can do to increase safety and security in your workplace.
Carry out a risk assessment
Different businesses are likely to be vulnerable to different threats and with this in mind, it’s advisable to carry out a risk assessment to identify which aspects of your premises are most at risk. From injuries to burglaries, a workplace can be full of risks and hazards, and it’s essential for these to be properly identified so that they can be managed effectively.
When it comes to how a risk assessment is conducted, the process can usually be broken down into five key steps:
- Identifying hazards
- Establishing who could be affected and how
- Assessing risks and arranging precautions
- Logging important findings
- Reviewing the assessment periodically and recording any necessary updates
As an employer, you are responsible for managing health and safety risks within your business and whilst you can entrust the task of carrying out a risk assessment to someone else, you remain responsible regardless.
Carrying out a risk assessment is a crucial part of dealing with workplace hazards effectively and should not be overlooked. It’s also a relatively simple task that doesn’t necessarily require any specific training or qualifications. That being said, if you’d like to become more familiar with the rules and regulations surrounding risk assessments, it’s advisable to visit the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) FAQs page.
From steel security doors to fire safety curtains: protect your workplace with the right doors
During your risk assessment, you may have identified that your doors are compromising the security of your workplace and if this is the case, an upgrade may be in order.
To enter a property with ease, burglars will look for windows and doors that are lacking in security and with this in mind, it’s essential that your doors are up to the challenge. Security doors that are specially designed with workplace hazards in mind are perfect for keeping your premises safe, and there are many different types of entrances to suit the specific needs of different businesses.
Below, we’ve made a list of just a few doors available on the market today that, in one way or another, will limit the risks faced by your commercial building.
Roller shutter doors
Roller shutter doors are made up of individual slats that roll up and down to allow people to enter and exit the premises. Often constructed from steel, roller shutters are extremely strong and durable, making a property much less vulnerable to intrusion. Further to this, when you have roller shutter doors that can be powered by an intercom, key fobs or using smart controls, this allows you to closely monitor who’s entering and exiting your property and will give you greater control over who has access.
Fire safety curtains
A fire curtain or fire shutter is a specially designed curtain that prevents the spread of smoke and flames in the event of a fire, giving employees more time to evacuate the premises. As products that are thoroughly tested and certified before being sold, you can guarantee your fire curtain complies with certain official standards and will continue to function even in the most extreme conditions.
Steel security doors
Steel security doors can come in all different sizes and styles and are perfect for making your premises less vulnerable to intrusion. These doors are extremely strong and sturdy, meaning a burglar would attract attention when trying to break in and as a result, would likely be discouraged to try. When coupled with a secure locking mechanism, you can guarantee both your staff and premises are safe with steel security doors, and what’s more, they are suitable for all different types of business buildings.
When considering the entrances to your premises, it’s not just the doors that should be secured. Whether you currently have gates or are looking to have some installed, it’s advisable to consider ones that offer the utmost security, and electric gates are definitely worth investigating. Again, when paired with smart controls or an intercom system, you can control who has access to your property, giving you peace of mind that trespassers will not have easy access. So, when updating the doors of your commercial building, consider updating your current gates or installing new ones for an extra layer of security.
Install a CCTV system
Having 24 hour surveillance of your business premises is essential to ensure it’s protected at all times, and the best way to do this is to install CCTV. More often than not, burglars will target commercial buildings when they’re empty to minimise the possibility of getting caught, so it’s essential to have a system in place that monitors the building when you’re not there.
Not only are CCTV cameras a deterrent for burglars but, in the event that you do have a trespasser, the most sophisticated cameras can both track and follow movement. They can even zoom in on people which will increase your chances of identifying who has trespassed on your property. CCTV cameras can be used to cover more or less all aspects of a building and further to this, they can be linked up to a smart device so that you can be alerted promptly in the event of any unusual activity on your premises.
Whilst it’s not pleasant to imagine, burglaries are fairly common, however, visible CCTV cameras will undoubtedly make your property less vulnerable to intrusion. But, if the worst happens and your building is vandalised, your CCTV footage will be instrumental in helping to catch the criminal.
Implement an alarm system
As with CCTV, a visible alarm system will ward potential intruders off your property, but more importantly, in the event of an intrusion, it will stop the burglar in their tracks. An alarm will alert nearby residents (or an employee if they’re still in the building) and ideally, the criminal will be caught before any damage is done.
If you own a business that requires employees to continue working after hours, an alarm system can also provide them with a surprising amount of comfort. After all, even if the alarm goes off and the intruder escapes, at least your staff members will remain safe. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of personnel and with this in mind, a commercial burglar alarm is likely to be a worthwhile investment.
Similarly to CCTV systems, alarms can also be controlled remotely using smart phones and updates can be sent directly to your phone warning you if the alarm is going off. This will ensure that you respond to emergencies more quickly, thereby minimising any damage done to your business.
Finally, if you’re looking to make your property that little bit more safe, security lights offer the perfect solution. These lights are programmed to switch on when they detect motion, helping to make burglars more conspicuous and hopefully deter them from entering your premises.
Again, these can be located more or less anywhere around your property to ensure the building is covered from all angles. Also, when coupled with an alarm system, CCTV and security doors, you can guarantee your commercial premises is as safe and secure as possible.
From commercial personnel doors to domestic up and over garage doors, South West Garage Doors does it all
At South West Garage Doors, we specialise in style, safety and security, and can offer numerous solutions to make your commercial property that bit more secure.
From outdoor security cameras to security doors, we’ve got your business covered from all angles, and our security solutionsutilise the latest in technological advancements, giving you peace of mind that your property is in safe hands.
For more information on our varied range of products, contact us today and protect your assets with South West Garage Doors.