Business Theft Prevention
There’s no better time than now to think hard about your business theft prevention strategies. Thieves are always finding new ways to steal from you. Are you prepared in case some organized thieves decide to burglarize your business? Does your business have a bull’s eye written on it? In this finale of our Business Theft Prevention series, I will cover our final tips on being pro-active and keeping your business from being another victim to theft. These tips are a very important part of the puzzle and you can find more information HERE.
Business Theft Prevention Tips:
- Do you have an emergency plan? If not, stop reading and start typing. Put together a “What to Do List” in the event of an attempted burglary and be sure to involve ALL business staff. In addition, be sure to have an insurance plan that covers any and all losses due to theft.
- Just like you would at home, it is important to keep an up-to-date inventory list of all your office computers, laptops and electronic devices. You can even record it all with a simple device like the iPhone. In a worst case scenario, you can offer proof to the insurance company and get back what is rightfully yours. Also, buy a safe that is bolted to the floor for your valuables and cash that can be hidden from windows and doors.
- Use a digital smart lock system or card access control system that automatically locks warehouse and office doors after business hours to prevent unauthorized access to the building. You can also use these type of systems with a simple door intercom to prevent solicitors from entering your building during business hours.
- Make sure everyone in the business is aware of what they should and shouldn’t be throwing out. Sensitive information can exist in a variety of documents and can easily be retrieved in outdoor dumpsters. Office doors should always be closed and locked when leaving and if possible, use electronic door locks.
- Business theft prevention is more than just on premise practices. Varying your schedules can be a great way to prevent internal and external theft. Be on site different days and times each week and drop by locations unannounced. Additionally, encourage your staff to vary their routine regarding banking transactions. Have employees handle all business deposits during business hours; however, have them take different routes and visit the bank at different times.
- Have an Interactive Security and Pro-Active Surveillance System installed that alerts you instantly when someone enters a door or restricted area or after hours wanders into sensitive outdoor areas.
Once you have taken the time to implement these important tips for your business you will be able to have that peace of mind knowing that your business no longer has a bull’s eye written on it that says “easy pickings”. For more information about how to protect your business from theft, call me direct at (800) 803-1992 ext. 7. You can find more information and tips about business theft prevention at www.thesecuritygenius.com by requesting your free Business Guide and opting in on the home page.
Lock it up!
Michael K. Houser