The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has caused the majority of non-essential businesses to close or work from a remote location and there is a growing concern amongst business owners regarding the safety of their, now unoccupied, premises.
It is therefore essential that you, as a business owner, evaluate your current security measures and perhaps consider what further improvements could be made to ensure that your business premises remains safe and secure during this difficult period.
How has COVID-19 changed business security?
The current global situation has created vast amounts of empty business premises which still contain large amounts of valuable stock, vehicles, equipment and many other business possessions. When combined with the government regulations about staying indoors it can be said that the current COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect environment for would be criminals.
This prolonged period of isolation has made it more difficult for business owners and staff to monitor their businesses as they are unable to go and check on the premises themselves.
Furthermore a recent article from the guardian has demonstrated the toll that the virus is having on the police force with the Metropolitan police having an absence rate of 20% as well as other areas such as Durham and Merseyside reporting an absence rate of 6% and 7% respectively.
This means that it is even easier for criminals to get away with crimes such as theft and vandalism as it is becoming more difficult to police areas where large numbers of law enforcement officers are off work due to an illness or as a precaution.
How do I keep my unoccupied business safe?
Ensuring that you have sufficient and effective security measures in place is the most effective method of keeping your business premises safe during this period of risk and uncertainty and there are a variety of security solutions available to ensure the safety of your business.
CCTV – the most common and perhaps most obvious security solution is CCTV monitoring. CCTV is effective as it allows full monitoring and video recording should a crime take place. The added benefit of sophisticated CCTV systems is that they can be monitored remotely allowing you to keep an eye on your empty business premises whenever you choose.
Access Control Security – The other option, which is often overlooked by many businesses, is access control security. Efficient access control security such as security gates or barriers are an effective method of securing your business premises and act as a physical barrier and deterrent to any potential criminal.
The added benefit of access control security is that there are a variety of systems available designed to suit any business premises whether that is a large industrial site or the more vulnerable small, local business.
It is recommended that the majority of businesses make effective use of a combination of security systems and during this period of difficulty where your business is at the highest risk, having a combination of CCTV and access control security may be the best option.
For more information or if you require a secure access solution for your business during this difficult time, please contact the team at Newgate today on 0808 156 1561 or email email@example.com to discuss your requirements.