If you own or manage a business, good security is your best friend. Staff and stock need to be kept safe and secure so that work gets done and everything ticks over. Here are 4 easy ways to improve security and boost your bottom line!
The latest version of the Commercial Victimisation Survey from the Government had some alarming numbers. The infographic below shows the impact on different sectors.
As a county, we cover a lot of ground. Essex businesses reflect that, going from farming, agriculture and outdoor activities right through to urban shopping areas and offices for tech and financial firms. Not forgetting our lovely bits of seaside!
What they all have in common is the need for good security that suits their situation. So working from the outside in, here are 4 easy security solutions for your business!
Defining and protecting your perimeter is a great first step to securing your business. Automatic gates can be controlled by timer, keycode or fob, so the only people getting in are the ones you know about.
That means no strange people wandering around your yard or using your car parking! More importantly, they can't get close to your building.
Be aware that powered gates are classed as machinery so come under the European Machinery Directive. Only use a DHF approved company for installation and maintenance, such as Blake's.
Controlling who enters your building or premises is the next line of defence. Again, there are a variety of fobs, keypads and even biometric methods to suit. Staff and trusted visitors are easily allowed in, anyone with no business in your business is kept out!
Access control can also be linked to your Fire Alarm, CCTV and time and attendance systems, to create a complete safety and security solution.
Keeping intruders out of empty premises is often a 10 hour a day job. Even the most dedicated boss has to sleep at some point! A quality intruder alarm will protect your business while you're not there.
First, it's a deterrent to opportunist and amateur robbers who will look for easier pickings. Then, it's an early warning of any more determined criminals. With a monitored alarm system, any alert is checked immediately and acted upon. If you qualify for Police Response, this will be called for and your keyholders notified.
Blake's are SSAIB and NSI Gold accredited. This means we can design, install and maintain alarms that will qualify for Police Response.
This works outside and in. Externally, CCTV is a deterrent to thieves and vandals as well as providing a 24/7 watchful eye on your stock or vehicles.
Internally, security cameras put off petty thieves and pilferers that nibble at your profits. They also help ensure safety for your staff, especially lone workers or those that work unsocial hours.
Wherever you have cameras, make sure you use an accredited installer with up to date knowledge of GDPR as well as good quality HD equipment. A fine from the ICO will dwarf any savings a cheap instal brings!
All businesses need to make a profit. And sadly, criminals like to try and take it! Putting layers of good security in place shows you're not an easy target and looks after your staff and stock.
Blake's have been in the Fire and Security business for more than 15 years. Based in Southend, we've worked with homes, schools and firms all over Essex and into London. Our experience, along with our Dedication to Accreditation, is your cast-iron guarantee of quality equipment and expert service.
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