How to Keep Your Commercial Property Safe

  • Locks and Padlocks
    • lock all outside entrances
    • padlocks should be of hardened steel
    • always keep padlocks locked
  • Doors
    • all outside and security doors should be of solid construction
    • all outside and security doors should be metal lined
    • all jams should be solid
    • all exposed hinges should be pinned to prevent removal
  • Windows
    • should have secure locks
    • burglar-resistant glass treatments
    • if you have an alarm, have glass break sensors
  • Lights
    • keep entire perimeter well lit
    • focus on doors and other possible entries
  • Alarm System
    • should be supplied and installed by licensed alarm company
    • have a central monitoring station
    • check system on a daily basis
    • advertise its presence to deter break-ins
  • Cash Register
    • keep in plain view from outside the building (easily monitored)
    • leave open when empty and not in use
  • Safe
    • fire proof
    • burglar resistant
    • anchored securely
    • leave in plain sight (easily monitored)
    • use to lock up valuables when business is closed
    • change combination when someone with access is released from employment
  • Building Exterior
    • secure all openings
    • do not store items, such as boxes, trash bins, vehicles, or equipment, near your building that would provide concealment and/or roof access
  • Perimeter Fences
    • adequate enough to keep intruders out
    • but also allow good visibility by neighbors and police
  • Key Control and ID Number
    • code all keys
    • keep keys securely locked when not in use
    • do not allow employees to leave them lying around
    • do not allow employees to make duplicates
    • change locks whenever you suspect key security has been jeopardized
  • Surveillance
    • Install quality video system
    • Color digital system provides higher clarity
    • Ability to record in lower-lit areas (infrared)

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