And in times of crisis, business districts and buildings are less busy, which could increase the risk of burglars committing a crime.
Burglary means a break-in by a criminal into a building, commercial premises, an office or a showroom outside normal business hours. A burglary definitely isn’t something you want to experience—even if you insure your business with the right insurance policy. To protect your commercial premises, you need to secure the building and deter burglars from breaking in.
Here are 9 ways to keep your building safe.
1. Secure the premises
Keep valuable property in a safe place. Block access to your computers with a strong password to protect your customers’ confidential information. Save your electronic data and keep a backup at home.
2. Lock doors and entrances
Regularly check the condition of the locks, and make sure the ones you install are high quality. The last person to leave your commercial premises should make sure to lock all the doors and windows. Include this step in your closing instructions.
3. Arm the security systems
Make sure your protection systems are working properly, and make sure you have a backup power supply in case of an outage. Having a video surveillance system can also reduce the risk of burglary at your commercial premises and help you gather evidence in the event of a break-in.
4. Keep windows clear
Easy-to-access windows are attractive to burglars. To reduce risks and ensure the best protection, don’t leave any equipment near your windows, either inside or outside. If there’s tinted film on the glass, remove it to prevent burglars from acting out of sight.
5. Make sure the building is well lit
Install programmable or motion detector lights. Light all exterior building entrances as well as the adjacent street or alley. Keep accent lights on inside for better visibility at night.
6. Install theft prevention systems
Install transparent security film, special glass or bars on windows and glass doors. Doing so will enhance security at each entrance and reduce the risk of break-ins.
7. Visit your business or office space frequently
Visit your business every day, if possible. But you don’t want burglars to be able to predict when you’ll be there, so show up at different times of day.
8. Keep track of keys and access cards
To track the use of your keys and access cards, keep a log of who has them, when they were handed out and when they were given back. If any keys are stolen or lost, immediately change the locks.
9. Take care on social media
Posting that your office or business will be closed implies that the space will be unoccupied for an extended period. To prevent a break-in, publish posts that show someone is regularly visiting the building, such as photos of you there.
It’s important to keep your business insurance policy active and your file up to date by notifying your property and casualty insurance agent of any changes. This will make it easier to file a claim and keep your business running in the event of a burglary. Your agent can also recommend the coverage you need to insure your business.
If you are the victim of a burglary despite all these precautions, contact the police and your insurer right away. Go to The Personal’s claims centre to learn what to do in 4 steps.
Burglary prevention: 9 ways to protect your business
Certain events may force a business to close its doors temporarily or permanently. And of course, businesses always close after opening hours. In short, when your space is unoccupied, the risk of a burglary is always higher.
Some conditions, exclusions and limitations may apply. These tips are provided for information purposes only, and The Personal Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive advice that is tailored to your situation.