7 Ways to Make Your Shop More Secure
Shops and commercial buildings are a prime target for criminals who are looking to steal everything from stock, to equipment, to data.
In this blog post, we are sharing some of the key ways you can make your shop more secure, so you can feel confident that your building and assets are safe, even when you’re not there.
By following these simple tips, you can help secure your commercial building from criminals.
Install a security system
Having a security system acts as both a visual deterrent as well as being a comprehensive alert system should intruders manage to access your property.
From basics like CCTV cameras through to motion detectors and alarms, making sure any entry points in your property are protected by a part of your security system will go a long way to giving you peace of mind.
Make sure that the system is properly and regularly maintained, and have a procedure in place for testing the system on a regular basis to ensure it’s working properly.
Add roller shutters to your premises
One way to improve the security of your commercial building is to install roller shutters. Roller shutters are a security system that can be used to protect your windows and doors.
They are made of metal and can be quickly rolled down to cover the windows and door using either a manual or an automatic hydraulic system integrated into your shop’s frontage.
This can help keep criminals from breaking into your building by adding a sheet of aluminium that is extremely difficult to circumvent, and they are a relatively low-cost solution that can be made to your exact specifications and needs.
London Shop Fronts works with businesses all over the UK in all kinds of commercial areas and with many types of buildings, so if you’re wondering what kind of roller shutter solutions are available for your shop or store, get in touch with us today and we’d be happy to advise you.
Add window film & stickers to your shop
As well as having a security system in place, and insurance-grade locks on your windows and doors, adding window film and stickers to your shop is a low-cost way to improve the security of your property.
Studies have shown that the simple act of having security film on your windows will deter many thieves, because it slows them down sufficiently that you are no longer seen as an “easy target” for people looking for opportunities to steal.
Window film makes windows more difficult to smash if you don’t have toughened glass installed, and adding stickers to your door or the corner of your windows that state your shop is secure will act as a visual tool so that potential intruders take your building’s security more seriously.
Put up signs to deter criminals
Along with adding security stickers to your windows, having other signs around your property is a simple way to deter criminals.
Whether it’s a sign that says “This is a secure building” or even a “No trespassing” sign, there are a variety of different signage solutions that are designed to be off-putting to criminals.
Signs that communicate your building is protected by a security system, or that inform people of CCTV cameras in operation are simple things to add that can have a great impact on the way your property is perceived by potential thieves.
Keep your shop clean and well-lit
Having a well-maintained property tells potential thieves that your business is regularly looked after. A good lighting system that keeps your entry points well-lit at all times will also discourage criminals from targeting your building.
Lighting can be automatic security lights, or an integrated part of your shop front. Depending on your area, your local planning department may have rules and regulations about the times of day and night your property should be lit.
Use strong locks on all doors and windows
While it may seem like a “no-brainer” to have locks on your doors and windows, many business premises don’t realise the importance of having locks that are approved by your insurance company.
Upgrading the locks on any entry points in your building, including any doors and windows, as well as looking at the lighting and security system around these areas will make a significant difference in the event of an intruder trying to break into your building.
Getting an insurance-approved lock means that breaking and entering takes longer, and having lighting and security around it increases the risk of the thief getting caught – a risk that many intruders are not willing to take.
In the event that your shop is broken into, if your locks aren’t sufficiently high quality, your insurance company may refuse to pay out – so it can be even more costly than you imagined.
Get support to make your shop secure today!
Making your commercial building a less desirable target for criminals is important for the safety of your business. By taking these simple steps, you can improve the security of your building and keep your property safe from harm.
Make sure you use a security system that is up to date with the latest technology, secure your shop front, and use good quality locks.
If you would like any support or advice when it comes to making your shop more secure, get in touch with us today at London Shop Fronts.
We provide end-to-end support from consultation to installation so that you can have peace of mind when it comes to your building’s security.
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