5. Security Staff
A security team is an excellent way to deter crime, even if it is a bit of an investment compared to other items on this list. There’s nothing like a human being to respond to potential threats and deter criminals from even trying to enter your building in the first place.
You don’t have to take on all of the logistics of a security team yourself. Many companies exist solely to contract out their security teams to other businesses. Once you’re working with them, they may also have other good ideas about how to make your building more secure, so that their staff are safer too.
6. Add Fencing
Some businesses have large, sprawling properties that are challenging to survey, by camera or with a security team. These businesses can rely on very tall, secure fences to do most of the security work for them. In fact, it may not be necessary to fence the whole property. Having large fencing in the most publicly accessible areas may be enough to convince people that the whole property has fencing.
If you do add fencing to your entrance, you can use a monument sign out near the fence to make sure that customers and other guests still know they’re at the right place, and don’t feel intimidated.
7. Change the Landscaping
Bushes, shrubs and trees may provide cover for those who wish to scout your property to plan out a crime. You might be tempted to remove them all, but that can also be a mistake because great landscaping can benefit your business in so many other ways. Instead, try to keep your large landscaping away from the building so that they don’t provide coverage when people get close. Also, try to keep them well-trimmed. And, if you really want a shrub somewhere that it’s ideal from a theft prevention standpoint, then make it a thorny shrub. No one will want to get close to one of those.
8. Reinforce Your Door
Rusted, broken, or old doors are all signals to would-be thieves that your property could be broken into easier than your neighbor’s door. Getting obvious visual flaws with your door fixed can help your building project a more secure image.
Discouraging theft is half the battle, but sometimes people will attempt to break into a door that does look secure. If you suspect that someone might try to force your door open, you can reinforce it with a large metal bar. Doors with this safety feature equipped are called steel stiffened doors. The metal pole runs vertically through the door, making it significantly more challenging to break open.
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Ready to make your business more secure? At CLAD, we can get you the best metal security doors, from high-end brands such a Curries, Steelcraft and Ceco. We can also install a better access control system so that your former employees can easily be denied entry to the building.