One fact about businesses and crime that you should learn is that they tend to be a more frequent target than private individuals or homes when it comes to attempted theft. This comes down to one thing, mostly: people know what you have more to steal. As such, you should identify what your most valuable assets are and, when you do, make sure that you invest in the following to protect them.
Securing your building
Naturally, if you have an office building, a warehouse, or any other kind of work building, then that should be the first thing that you think about protecting. Reinforcing the doors and windows, especially with tamper-free locks, is one of the single best ways to prevent unauthorized entry, but you should also look at what you can do to deter criminals. For instance, using exterior lighting to make the area much more visible and having CCTV cameras (even if they aren’t active) can make your building look like a riskier prospect, which may encourage them to move on to other targets.
Securing your stock
Your most valuable assets might very well be concentrated in one place and, if they are, it’s likely to be the storeroom. Stock theft is just as likely to be committed by an internal threat, such as an employee or even a customer as it is someone breaking in. For that reason, additional protection like access control systems can help you determine who can get in and who can get out. What’s more, you can keep a record each time the door to the stock room is open, so it can easier to track down the culprit after the fact.
Securing your tech
The technology that you equip your team with is likely to be some of the most expensive assets that you keep your hands on. Not only might the tech itself be worthwhile but it can contain vital and valuable data on your business and customers (more on that later.) As such, you might want to fit all the tech in your business with tracking devices, so that it’s easy to locate them and send the police in the right direction if they are stolen.
Securing your data
Lastly, it’s important to recognize that, these days, not all theft is physical. Data theft is becoming much more prevalent, meaning that you have to do what you can to prevent unauthorized access to your data. This can mean using firewalls and anti-malware to protect your device, making sure that you and your team are trained to not fall for any phishing scams or similar attacks, and even going as far as to secure your blog. Not only can data loss be expensive, but you can also even be held legally liable if you lose client or customer data.
There’s a lot you can do to protect your business from the threat of theft and the tips above can help you do just that. The more worth your assets have, the more protection you should make sure that you pay for.
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