Most small businesses are at an incredibly high risk for burglaries, especially in dense areas. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, there were over 13,000 burglaries reported in Wisconsin in 2020 alone. It is essential for businesses to invest in the right security measures to ensure they do not become victims of burglaries.
Here are ten ways to improve security to prevent burglaries for your small business:
Keep expensive items in areas that are not easily seen from the outside, like the back of the store or in a storage area for employees only.
Use Laminated Or Tempered Glass
Adding laminated or tempered glass to windows will slow down burglars and create unwanted noise and attention if they are determined to get in.
Alarm System Investigate
Adding an alarm system is one of the most effective ways to get a rapid response from law enforcement in the event of burglaries. Glass break detectors in addition to open door detectors can add added layers of security to your alarm system.
Add Bars To Doors & Windows
Bars make break-ins harder for burglars and can also deter them.
Hidden Spare Keys
Placing spare keys in a lockbox is essentially inviting criminals to break it so they can have easy access. Always keep spare keys at home unmarked and in a safe space.
Invest In Security Cameras
Cameras can act as a deterrent and provide proof of a crime or an incident. They also don’t need to be limited to after hours.
Reduce Blind Spots
Place cameras in key areas like the cash register, entrances, and exits. Remove blind spots to ensure all criminal activity is captured on film.
Keep The Outside Well-Lit
A well-lit exterior helps cameras capture facial features or clothing on a burglar. Plus, it keeps unwanted lurkers away from a building due to the attention they’ll get.
Keep The Property Maintained
Manicured shrubbery, fresh-cut lawns, and a clean exterior tell criminals that the property always has somebody around.
Create A Closing Checklist
Create a closing security checklist for yourself or closing managers to ensure consistency. Getting all employees on the same page will make your business much safer when nobody is around.
Hire Security Guards
Security guards can give large campuses or properties the attention they deserve by performing regular patrols, guarding entrances, and monitoring cameras. O’Brien & Associates can provide trained security guards to help keep your business safe from burglaries.
If you’re interested in improving the security of your small business in the Midwest, contact O’Brien & Associates today for a FREE security evaluation and quote. Our experienced team can help you determine the best security measures for your specific needs.