Small Business Security Isn’t Just For Data there are other things also…
Data security is a popular topic in small business nowadays. The protection of sensitive information often makes headlines however it is not the only type of security your small business needs. Even if all of your information is secure, is your actual store secure? It’s easy to overlook physical security until it too late. Think about these aspects of your small business and if you are truly prepared to keep the bad guys out. Remember, you and your business are better off safe than sorry.
Doors into and out of your business should have at least a key lock if not an additional padlock. When it comes to keys, they should only be given to essential personnel. As a business owner you should know exactly how man companies exist and who has them at all times. If a key is lost or not returned by a disgruntled employee, it is recommended that all corresponding locks be changed immediately. You should also have keys imprinted with “do not copy” to keep employees from duplicated keys without your knowledge.
Any doors to your business that are made mostly of glass, instead of wood or, are easy targets for criminals. The glass can be broken easily letting virtually anyone enter the building with little to no effort. They simply crack the glass and reach in to turn the doorknob. The same can be said for windows that are low to the ground, made out of thin glass. A simple lock on windows can deter someone from entering the building. However, in higher crime areas it is recommended that any accessible window have thick glass or panes of glass that aren’t easily or quietly broken or removed. Any existing broken glass should be repair right away to prevent catching the eye of the wrong person.
In general, light is a crime deterrent. Well-lit areas are unattractive to criminals whereas dark or hidden areas create the perfect opportunity for someone to break into your business. Therefore, it’s crucial to add lights to all places of entry and exit. You could also add a motion sensitive light to save electricity while still lighting up the building when someone comes close. This can be an effective way to keep criminals at bay without having lights on all day and all night. You can also leave just one or two lights on inside the building at night to give the impression that someone may be in the building.
As you can see, there are a lot more security risks to your business that go beyond someone stealing documents or sensitive information. Physical things are also at risk of being stolen. For business owners that sell expensive inventory, it is so important to take the right measures against crime. Waiting until something bad happens is too late. Smart business owners have their companies protected from the inside out because they know the importance of safety and security.