Security Tips for your Huddersfield Business
With crime rates on the up businesses across the UK need to look again at basic security measures.
Companies should consider the following tips when reviewing your business security:
- Physical security measures are key to any business' security. By ensuring you have working locks on your windows, especially those on the ground floor or that can provide easy access will be a good defence against rising crime.
- Check Doors and door frames are strong and in good condition. You can check your door complies with British Standards PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security'.
- Having security lighting can deter thieves and can draw attention if a crime is taking place. Security lighting must comply with the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act and you must make sure your light does not affect neighbouring properties.
- Fencing and gates should be substantial and well maintained, with locks fitted on entrances to a property. For car park entrances you should consider installing either bollards or a barrier to prevent unauthorised access after-hours.
- A monitored intruder alarm will make a real impact on deterring criminals from entering your property and will alert the monitoring centre if an alarm is triggered. Alarms should meet the European Standard for intruder alarms, EN50131-1, and should be maintained on a regular basis.
- A simple access control can be fitted to prevent access to unauthorised areas, protecting storage areas and staff or office facilities.
- CCTV systems are an effective means of detecting and preventing crime and give companies evidence if a crime is committed. A professional CCTV installer can advise you on the size of the CCTV system your company will need.
- You should consider the use of a professional security guard service. Security officers must be licensed by the Security Industry Authority and quality companies will also belong to BSIA.
- Companies should ensure all equipment is marked with an asset system and that all the equipment is registered on a secure database. Property marking can deter criminal and if stolen goods are recovered they can be identified and be returned to your company.
- Identity fraud is vastly becoming a problem for companies, remember to guard against this risk. By using a professional information destruction company to destroy confidential material, you will protect your business and your customers against the risk of identity theft and will result in you maintaining your obligations under the Data Protection Act.
For more information you should contact a security consultancy who will be able to offer advice.