If you have a small business, you will want to take steps to keep your employees and your merchandise safe from robbery. There are several different methods that you can use to help make your business robber-proof. Here are some steps you can take to keep your business looking very unattractive to potential crooks. Contact a locksmith to help implement any (or all) of the following security measures.
Eyes Are Watching
When placing security cameras around your establishment, put a few in plain view so that people are aware the facility has a security system in place. This will help keep people from coming back to try to rob the building at a later time. Additionally, place a few in obscure locations that are not easily seen. These will get extra views that perpetrators will not be aware of, perhaps catching them in the act of theft.
Shine It Bright
Keep lights on at nighttime throughout your business to keep thieves from wanting to gain entry. When buildings are brightly lit, you can be noticed trying to break in, making it too much of a risk for a thief to even try.
Make sure there are lights outside each doorway so that people passing by would see anything suspicious. Inside, keep a light on in the room where cash registers and safes are located and make sure the drawers and doors are open so people peeking inside would see there is no money worth stealing inside. Keeping additional lights on a motion detector can help catch thieves off guard, as well.
If you have an alarm system in place, your business will be well protected from theft. A loud alarm will alert anyone in the area that a theft is taking place, making robbers run from the scene and possibly getting them caught. You can install an alarm that will be disarmed when you place the secret code into the keypad. Make sure that only a few trustworthy employees know the pass code so there is less chance of having an internal theft.
You can also opt to not use loud sounds at all and have an alarm system with a silent alarm. This will alert authorities that your facility is being broken into without alerting the thief. This will help catch them in the act.
Stop by your establishment at various times throughout the week to check over the property. Changing which lights you have on inside each night will catch thieves off-guard, making it difficult to determine when someone will be in the building. The element of surprise will keep thieves from targeting your business as it will be difficult for them to pinpoint a safe time to get inside.
Keep It Trim
Regularly trim back any brush that is outside of your building to lessen areas where thieves will be able to hide. If there are no areas to lurk around, there is no use in trying to wait for closing time to rob the building. Move anything large away from the sides of your building, such as dumpsters or piles of wood. The less things that are useful in hiding behind, the less chance that your establishment will become a victim of a crime.