Protecting your business from a burglary

Every year there are around 214,000 incidents of burglary: whether it’s an attempt or a success. And in London it would seem that businesses are high on the target list, with a third of all recorded burglaries in the London Boroughs being on commercial properties.

And the most common way a burglar is getting into a business premises is through a wooden or glass door. As such, making sure your security is top notch is of highest priority and there are a number of ways to do this.

Investing in a more secure door is a start. Potential burglars will try their luck at the doors and windows and on most occasions if they can’t bump or pick the door quickly, they’ll move on. The longer they hand around, the more chance there is of them being caught.

The only problem is, no matter the door you have installed, if someone really wants to get inside, nine times out of ten it’ll only be a matter of time before they do. This means you need an extra line of defence other than the sturdy and resilient door.

Your answer is an alarm system, and if you don’t have one installed already then it’s certainly worth a great deal of consideration. There are two reasons an alarm system acts as a deterrent to intruders.

First of all, if the alarm system is in plain view it’ll act as visual deterrent. The average burglar will want to make life easy for themselves, so why strike a property knowing the alarm will start ringing straight away.

This perfectly brings us on to the second advantage: the alarm itself. If the intruder gains access to your property and the alarm starts ringing, how long do you think they’re going to hang around? Certainly not long enough to take enough of your belongings to make the break-in worthwhile.

Even if the alarm isn’t fitted in plain view, the moment it’s set off you can be sure the intruder will be making a quick exit.

What’s important when it comes to your business is to treat it like your home. Make sure you adopt the right security practices. You’d never leave your home’s front door unlocked, so why do that with your business property? Upgrade the security and ensure to deter potential intruders for the years to come.

Tom Crosswell

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