Did you know that there is a burglary every 13 seconds in the United States?
It’s scary to think about, but your building is at risk of a break-in or theft 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s why, as a business owner, it’s important to ensure that your building is as safe and secure as possible.
But locking your door and setting the alarm isn’t the only thing you should do to make sure you’re building is well protected against a threat. There are other areas of your building that may be vulnerable, that you may be overlooking, that are worth spending some time and money on.
So what are the best ways to secure your building from potential break-ins and theft? And what are some areas of your building that you may not be giving enough attention to?
If you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions, wonder no longer, because we’re here to help!
In this article, we’ll discuss 5 building security measures you can take to help prevent break-in or theft in your commercial building.
Now then, let’s get started!
1. UPGRADE YOUR DOOR
Before you spend any money on a high tech alarm system or security cameras, it’s a good idea to inspect your door and ensure that it’s up to standards.
Remember, your door is the easiest way to get into your building. So if your door is aging, damaged, or just not that well made, you should think about replacing it with a higher quality door.
Otherwise, you’re making it that much easier for a thief to walk right into your building and cause damage, which can be way more expensive than a nice commercial door in the long run.
Also, if you have rolling garage doors, keep those in mind as well. Consider having a professional look at your doors, including your garage door, and confirm that you have the safest and most secure setup available.
2. INSTALL AN ALARM SYSTEM
Once you’ve taken care of all of the doors to your building, you can move on to something you’ve probably already thought about: an alarm system.
Alarm systems have played a major roll in building security for decades now. Having an alarm system that is triggered by unwanted entry into your building, and quickly alerts the police, is essential for any commercial building owner.
Alarm systems, especially in today’s day and age, are pretty spectacular. Using your smartphone, you can now turn your alarm on and off without even being at your building.
Think you forgot to turn on the alarm before leaving for the weekend? Use your smartphone to check and see if everything is locked down and secured.
3. UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS
Outside of your doors, your windows are one of the easiest points of access to your building. Taking the time to purchase new, safer windows with better locking devices can save you a ton of hassle (and money) down the line.
Sensors, similar to ones placed on your doors, can also be placed on your windows so that an alarm is triggered if a window is opened.
Also, when picking out an alarm system, don’t forget to consider broken windows. Most alarm system companies offer a “glass break” feature that will trigger your alarm if something happens to your windows. It’s a good way to ensure that nobody can enter your building without you knowing about it.
4. INSTALL SECURITY CAMERAS
Security cameras are a great way to keep a close eye on things when you are not around. Much like alarm systems, security camera systems allow you to use your phone to check in on things when you’re out of the office, which can help you find some peace of mind after hours.
The ability to have footage of anyone entering, or just hanging around your building is also nice. Should anything happen, the police will be able to use it for evidence.
5. CONSIDER SECURITY LIGHTING
Installing security lights around your commercial building is a good way to light up the outside of your building, therefore deterring any unwanted visitors from hanging around at night. This is a cheap but effective way to make your building that much safer, especially at night, when nearly 65% of all burglaries happen.
Also, if there are employees who work in your building at night, security lights will make their entry into and exit out of the facility that much safer. Simply put, a well-lit parking and entry area is an absolute must.
USE THESE TIPS TO INCREASE BUILDING SECURITY
Utilizing these 5 building security tips, you can help ensure that your building is safe and secure from any unwanted entry or potential theft.
Remember, it’s important to start with your door, as it’s the easiest way to enter your facility, and confirm that it’s up to standards. Don’t forget about your windows, either, as they can be used to provide easy access to your building, too.
Security lighting, cameras, and alarm systems are all worth the money and can go a long way in providing peace of mind once you’ve left the office for the night or weekend.
Own or rent a building? Be sure to check out our blog, where you’ll find more tips and tricks on how you can keep your building up to date and in the best shape possible