Unfortunately for business owners, theft is one of the most prevalent crimes during public holidays. Office buildings and retail stores are commonly targeted during shut down periods. Maintaining office security is particularly important over the holidays as offices and business premises often see an increase in daytime robberies during these periods.
If an office is broken into over the holiday period, it is usually an experienced thief who knew that the premises would be somewhat empty and took advantage of the opportunity.
Thankfully, there are numerous ways in which you can combat opportunist thieves and keep your business safe during the holidays. Read on to discover our five top tips for maintaining office security during the holidays…
Remind Employees Of Your Office Security Policy
First things first, it is important in every business to have a detailed office security policy outlining everything from staff entry times and visitor access to the security of possessions. Then, it is always a good idea to review your office security policy with all of your employees before the office shuts for the holidays.
This means ensuring that each employee is on the same page and understands the office’s security procedures. It is also useful to assign an employee/s to check that all windows, doors and any other entry points are locked and secure before leaving the building.
Increase Office Security With A Quality CCTV System
CCTV has become a popular form of security in both the business and public sectors. CCTV is particularly popular amongst office buildings as it ensures the safety of staff, employees and the general public whilst protecting the business premises’ and the company assets.
There are a variety of CCTV systems and the one you choose will depend entirely on your business needs and budget. A CCTV system with high image quality is needed in order to capture small details.
It is also important to identify any key areas surrounding the office building such as the main entrance and ground floor windows in order to effectively position the CCTV surveillance cameras.
Correctly Set Your Intruder Alarm System
An intruder alarm system prevents burglaries and property damage by detecting any unexpected intruders who are attempting to gain unauthorised access into the building. Much like CCTV systems, there are different types of intruder alarm systems depending on the building size, location, level of protection required and preference of response method.
Intruder alarms will monitor the office building 24 hours a day and are particularly useful during holidays when the office building and surrounding premises tend to be empty. It is very important to update the intruder alarm settings properly and notify your security providers of your closing dates before shutting for the holidays.
Have Someone Nearby In The Event Of An Office Security Issue
If you do not live within close proximity to your office premises, it is always a good idea to have a key employee or trusted contact that lives nearer to the office building on standby during the holidays.
This way, you can contact them in the event of an office security breach and they can get to the office very quickly. Also, before shutting for the holidays, be sure to check that your security service or providers have the correct emergency contact details so that they know who to contact regarding an office security issue.
Install An Intercom System On Main Entrances and Access Points
Audio and Video Door Entry Intercom Systems are a safe and efficient way of monitoring and controlling any visitors as they enter and leave the office building.
It is not uncommon for thieves to burgle business premises by posing as authorised personnel such as a tradesman. Intercom systems can be connected to mobile devices such as iPads and mobile phones and can be set to notify the device when someone is attempting to gain access. This is especially useful during the holidays as you can see and hear the person trying to gain access to the restricted entrance through the intercom system.
There are a number of ways to protect your office and having a quality security system that has been tailored to your needs is the best way to maintain office security during the holidays and shut down periods.
Office buildings and other business premises often benefit from a combination of security systems such as access control, CCTV surveillance and intrusion systems.
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