Securing your premises - checklist

Securing your premises - checklistBreak-ins and theft are distressing for any property owner - but they could also threaten your business if you lose key equipment or data. Learn how to keep your premises protected.

  • Find out what advice the local police can offer on premises design, security measures, and local problems to look out for.
  • Assess your level of risk: for example, whether you have valuable equipment or handle cash, and whether you are in a high crime area.
  • Check your insurer's requirements: for example, what kind of alarm system and locks you must have.
  • Make sure that you have a suitable external boundary, and control public access to your grounds.
  • Check for hidden recesses and poor visibility, especially around access points and areas such as car parking; consider using external lighting.
  • Consider whether you need closed circuit cameras; if so, ensure that your use of CCTV complies with data protection requirements.
  • Control external access to upper levels and the roof, for example by using anti-climb paint.
  • Protect doors and windows with suitable locks; consider whether shutters or grilles are necessary (and get any necessary planning permission for them).
  • Install an appropriate alarm system.
  • Establish security procedures, including who will hold keys and who will be responsible for locking up; consider whether you need security personnel.
  • Take steps to control visitors to your premises: for example, signing-in procedures (for an office) or mirrors to cover blind spots (in a shop).
  • Protect employee safety: for example, by providing panic buttons and having a policy on working alone.
  • Minimise the risks to valuable, easily stolen items like laptop computers: security mark them, keep them out of sight, or lock them away.
  • Ensure any cash is handled sensibly: minimise cash held on the premises, establish sensible cash-handling routines, and if necessary install a safe.
  • Review your security measures to ensure that emergency escape routes are not compromised.
  • Train staff in security procedures, including how to deal with emergencies.
  • Carry out regular external inspections: check that access points are secure, repair any damage, and remove any graffiti and rubbish.
  • Arrange for the alarm system to be regularly maintained and tested.
  • Consider working with other local businesses to reduce risks, for example by joining a local crime prevention scheme.

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