Many businesses have had to shut their doors recently, some with only a few days’ notice. In this current time of uncertainty and economic slowdown the last thing any business owner needs is a security breach to the premises or vehicles.

We want to offer some top tips to help keep your premises and equipment safe during the lockdown:

1) Review Your Security System

Reviewing your security systems and running a series of tests can be good protocol especially now we are in lockdown mode. If this can be done remotely then you can check without having to travel unnecessarily.

If you feel your premises might be particularly vulnerable to intruders when unoccupied, then consider speaking to a company, such as Vistec Systems, who might be able to advise on a number of simple improvements or upgrade your security solution to provide the level of cover that is required.

Also take the time to look at your fire system and the protection you have in place. Even when no-one is supposed to be in the building, fire exits should still be left clear to allow easy movement in the event of an emergency.

2) Keep it Lit

Keeping lights on in your building and around your perimeter can help it not look as desolate, some BMS (building management systems) allow for this to be done with a timer system meaning different areas can be lit at different times, and therefore not as inviting to potential intruders.

If a BMS is not in place, other easy to install timer units can be implemented in the short term.

3) Inform Customers and Neighbours of Your Closure

It sounds counter-intuitive but it’s really important to inform people of your closure.

For customers, announcing your closure on social media and updating your Google Business hours can be really beneficial, because they know if you are open during the lockdown without having to call your office

Inform neighbouring buildings too, especially businesses that might still be operating so they know to keep an eye on your business and get in touch with you if they notice anything untoward.

4) Protect Lone Workers

If you are still operating with a reduced workforce, this can leave them vulnerable.

For someone wanting to access the building, they know that it will be much easier with less people to stop them.

Ensure lone workers switch on all the lights in the building, rather than just a single area as it tells outsiders that they’re working alone.

If someone does have to enter the building unexpectedly, then encourage them to let someone else know to avoid a security alert.

5) Assign a Shutdown Checklist

Before the last person leaves the building, ensure a shutdown checklist has been put in place.

You should include things such as:

  • Turn off all appliances (or place in safe mode)
  • Ensure computers are switched off
  • Activate the alarm system
  • Turn on lighting timers (if not done by the BMS)
  • Turn down the thermostat

6) Secure Any Valuables

Remove anything that could be visually attractive to a prospective intruder, such as valuables they’ll be able to see through the window. Secure any cash or ideally remove it from the premises.

Also encourage your staff to remove anything appealing from their desks, such as laptops or other technology that’s easy to steal.

7) Check Insurance and Contact Information

Take the time to review your insurance documents, to make sure you have the necessary cover that you need.

Also, who will be called if the alarm was to go off? Review contact information to make sure it’s up to date and to also ensure that the individual or individuals listed are aware of their responsibilities.

It’s important that you choose someone who will be in the vicinity and has the means to access the building if required.

If you need any further advice on how to protect your premises then get in touch.

Our experienced team will be more than happy to offer advice on what’s right for your business.

Call +441293510792 or email sales@vistecsystems.co.uk