How to Burglar-Proof Your Business
Burglary, defined as illegal entry with or without force to commit a theft or other felony, accounts for an important share of the country’s serious crimes. Small businesses are common targets and a lot of the loss is in merchandise. In the last decade, burglaries in the U.S. have doubled and thieves often attack the same place twice. Small business cannot afford to ignore burglary prevention, so we gather few tips to burglar proof your business.
Keep the burglar out
A strong lock will discourage a nervous burglar and at least make a bold one work harder. Experts say the pin-cylinder lock may give the best protection since it’s hard to pick. The lock should be a dead bolt-type, requiring either a key or a knob to set it. This type of lock cannot be opened by slipping a piece of metal between the door edge and jamb, a standard burglar’s technique that works on locks that catch automatically when the door closes.
The ultimate frustration for the burglar is the double-cylinder lock which must be opened by a key from either side, making it challenging for a hidden burglar to escape of the building.
In addition to locks, a security bar can be used on the back door, a preferred entry point for burglars. Bars over windows, skylights, and other openings can also frustrate or scare away any unauthorized entrance.
Keep a record of your Key
Experts recommend that a record should be kept on key distribution, and that employees should be required to return their keys when they leave the business. Having a master key for both outside doors and inside offices is convenient but makes robbery a simple matter. It’s a good idea to code keys so only the employees know which locks they fit.
Burglar alarms are the most common means of burglar protection. The silent alarm gives the best protection. This type goes off at a private protection agency or in the local police station, without the burglar knowledge.
The cheaper building-type local alarm system – which alert your neighborhood and the burglar, as well – is preferable to no alarm at all. At least it may scare off the thief before he’s completed the job.
Alarm sensing devices are available in large variety, from radar motion detectors and invisible beams to an automatic phone dialer which is able calls the police and the owner.
Put burglars in the spotlight
Providing a lot of light, both inside and outside, typically is very effective. Have each entrance point, including windows and large vents, flooded with light this will discourage all but the most highly courageous burglar and will force any burglar to work fast.
It’s advisable to display indoor light so the burglar can be spotted by police guarding the area. It’s best that window displays do not block the view from the street.
Secure your Safe
Safes can be bolted to the building and positioned near the front of the store so suspicious activity would be noticeable from the street at night. Since thieves can’t take what isn’t there, a wise manager will have the safe as empty as possible banking additional cash at night. It’s also a good idea to arm safes with silent alarms.
Don’t forget the obvious
All these tips can help prevent burglaries, but common-sense precautions must also be used. For example, having all the windows barred will be useless if a transom is left open or an employee is careless with his or her keys.
Only by applying all these prevention methods can the business owner be certain the thief’s earnings don’t become the owner’s loss.