Ways to keep your business safe
Posted on 09/04/2020
With plenty of SA businesses closed because of COVID-19, and more about to shut their doors for the Easter break, there’s some proactive measures that can be taken to keep the bad guys at bay.
Business owners and employees can play an important role in preventing and reducing the risk of crime occurring in the work place, and there are a number of practical, proactive measures that can be taken to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
Here are some tips to consider:
- Make sure laneways, car parks and other external areas are well lit
- Prune trees and shrubs to ensure clear visibility of the property and reduce the likelihood opportunities for a burglar to hide
- All boundary gates and fences should be well built and maintained, adequately secured, clear of rubbish and free from objects that can be put against them to climb over
- External doors should be solid, and all external doors and windows fully secured with quality and regularly maintained locks
- If padlocks are used on gates or doors, make sure they are of an appropriate and recommended standard
- Installing bollards, heavy planters or large rocks can act as a barrier to ram raids
- Install a monitored alarm system, mirrors, CCTV or perpetrator marking technology and prominently display signs warning about the presence of any security measures
- Advertising material and posters on windows and doors, and other window coverings, should be kept at a minimum to provide a clear view of the business from inside and out
- Safes should be securely fixed to a floor, wall or similar solid object
- All property should be clearly and permanently marked with the name of your business or the Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Retrieve keys and access cards from ex-employees
- Never leave large amounts of cash on premises overnight
- Make sure all staff adheres to lock-up procedures
And remember – if you have information about someone breaking into businesses you can share what you know without saying who you are.
Call 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au
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