Commercial Security Tips

To help you avoid the unpleasant experience of burglary, we've created a list of practical theft prevention tips:

  • Light all exterior points of entry with permanent fixtures that are difficult to reach or tamper with.
  • Light the interior of your business enough that someone outside the building could see someone inside.
  • Install a fence or hedge - it's your first line of defense. You should be able to see through the fence.
  • Hedges should be wide, rather than high, and of a prickly, thorny variety.
  • Install window locks designed/positioned so they cannot be unlocked after breaking the glass.
  • Install safety glass (glazing). It is highly effective at deterring break-ins.
  • Install motion detectors and alarms to sense movement inside the building.
  • Install a deadbolt lock/latch in each exterior door.
  • Lock overhead and receiving doors with high-quality padlocks or other devices.

Tips for Managers

  • Ensure that all employees receive a written statement of key policies and procedures, and that they acknowledge receipt by their signature.
  • Make it easy for employees to come forward to report their suspicions or concerns:
    • Tell employees what to report and when to report it.
    • Tell employees exactly how the information they provide will be used.
    • Reassure employees that they are doing the right thing.
    • Make yourself accessible to employees.
    • Don't criticize employees who may be over-cautious.
    • Respond immediately when you receive an employee call for assistance.