Business Security Tips

Business Security Tips

Protection of your documents should not only extend to the security you install on your computers.Most of the documents that contain personal information for your customers or even for the business are stored on paper. It’s safer to schedule a weekly or monthly shredding of documents. This way everyone will be used to setting aside documents for shredding ahead of time.

If you find weekly or monthly shredding to be a hassle you can also choose a different schedule. The point is to make sure there is a regular schedule followed in shredding and disposing of old documents.

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Tips for Home Security In The Summer

Keep a light on. Interior lighting is necessary to show signs of life and activity inside a residence at night. 

Use interior light timers to establish a pattern of occupancy

Exterior lighting should allow 100- feet of visibility

Tell PO to hold mail

Stop newspaper delivery

Most burglars enter via the front, back, or garage doors. Experienced burglars know that the garage door is usually the weakest point of entry followed by the back door. The garage and back doors also provide the most cover.

Burglars know the summer months of July and August have the most burglaries. 

Burglars know to look inside your car for keys and other valuables so keep it locked, even when parked inside your garage.

Most sliding glass doors are secured by latches not locks. They are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside because of these inherently defective latch mechanisms. This can be easily be prevented by inserting a wooden dowel into the track thus preventing or limiting movement. 

Use highly visible House Watch signs.

Windows are left unlocked and open at a much higher rate than doors. Keep them LOCKED.

Alarm systems need to be properly installed and maintained. Alarms systems can monitor for fire as well as burglary for the same price. All systems should have an audible horn or bell to be effective in case someone does break in. 

Make sure your alarm response call list is up to date, including our contact information, especially when you are away.

Most important, notify a neighbor or family member to check your home!

Business Security tips

Businesses are four times as likely to be burglarized as homes, and small businesses are targets in over half of the commercial burglaries committed. Moreover, few burglars are caught. Almost 80 percent of all burglaries go unsolved.

These statistics emphasize the fact that your business must be made as burglar-resistant as possible. There are many measures you can take to make it clear to potential burglars that your business is no place to do their business!

Consult your local crime prevention officer for information. Remember - law enforcement agencies would much rather work with you to prevent crimes than to spend time apprehending criminals.

Follow as many of these preventive measures as possible to protect your business from burglary:

Preventive Measures – The Exterior

Adequately light all exterior sides of your business, including alleyways and the parking lot, using vandal-resistant fixtures. As most store burglaries occur at night when it's dark, lighting serves as one of the most important deterrents. Install an alarm system and check it regularly for failure. Your crime prevention officer can assist you in making the right choice for a system. Post conspicuously a notice that shows you have an alarm.

Reinforce doors with long screws or bolts on heavy-duty strike plates, pop out proof hinges, or hole/nail combo at top and bottom. Replace all hollow-core doors. Issue as few keys as possible and change the locks if keys are lost or not returned by a former employee. Do not tag keys with the name of your business. Keep a log of the keys you issue.

Secure all roof openings, air ducts, skylights, air conditioning units, hatchways, doorway transoms, sidewalk and basement openings.

Do not provide concealment or climbing platforms for the burglar. Clear and maintain all debris, weeds, and shrubbery away from windows and doors. Lock up ladders and tools that could make a burglar’s job easier.

Protect windows and glass doors with transparent window film, security glazing, or roll down security panels; or install burglar-resistant glass. Use bars or grating on rear and side windows.

Home Security Burglary Prevention

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Operation Identification

This is a program supported by most police agencies. They recommend that you engrave your drivers’ license, not your social security number, on televisions, stereos, computers, and small electronic appliances. They suggest this so they can identify and locate you if your stolen items are recovered. I suggest that you go way beyond this step

I recommend that you photograph your valuables in their locations around your home and make a list of the make, model, and serial numbers. This is very important for proof when filing insurance claims. You should keep this list in a safety deposit box or with a relative for safe keeping. Keep receipts of the larger items in case you need to prove the value of the items for insurance purposes. Beyond that, I recommend that you photocopy important documents and the contents of your wallet. You will be thankful that you took these steps in case your home is ever destroyed by fire or flood, is ransacked, or if your wallet is lost or stolen.

  • Identify your valuables by engraving your drivers’ license number
  • Photograph and record the serial numbers of all valuables
  • Photocopy the contents of your wallet and other documents
  • Store the copies in a safe deposit box or with a relative