Here are six small business security tips for your office, building, or small warehouse, as well as your employees and visitors.
Door and Window Locks
Some small offices don’t pay nearly enough attention to door and window locks. But if you think about it, doesn’t your office have far more to lose than the average home? If a burglar filches your office equipment, you can’t make a living! Upgrade those locks, for both doors and windows, and make sure only authorized personnel have copies of the keys.
Monitored Alarm System
While locks are a passive security measure, consider an active security system to protect your equipment, supplies, and products. Some of these systems you can even install yourself, though it is recommended to hire a security consultant to make sure all your bases are covered. If someone breaches security after hours, police can be there in minutes. It also works for fires, sending emergency responders to your office to protect your business investment.
Those who would do harm to your business or employees generally don’t like being seen. Under cover of darkness is when they do their dirty work, so why give them shadows to hide in? Light- and motion-sensing exterior lighting for your building, walkways, and parking lot can go a long way toward building employee confidence. It can also make your business less of an easy target.
In addition to good lighting, installing surveillance cameras can make your building nearly impenetrable, at least psychologically speaking. True, unsavory types might look for shadows to hide in or hide their faces, but that’s effort that they’d rather not expend. Surveillance cameras on entry points, walkways, and parking lots, hooked up to a monitor and recording station, are an excellent layer of protection. Some systems, such as those sold by Camera Source, include night vision, infrared, and motion-sensing, and can even be monitored remotely via internet.
Laptop and Monitor Locks
Surprisingly, some theft occurs even during office hours. If your front desk is unmanned for part of the day, ensure any equipment, such as laptops and monitors, are secured to the desk. This will make it difficult for unwanted “guests” to make off with expensive equipment or critical data. To protect the data itself, ensure a good company password policy, disable booting from CD or USB, and use hard drive encryption or USB authentication.
File and Equipment Cabinets
Not all information is digital, and there’s still a lot of information stored analog—that is, on paper. Additionally, whatever tools you use for your business, be they for inspection, diagnostic, or otherwise, may be of a sensitive or expensive nature. For both information and equipment, ensure their cabinets are locked when not in use and that only authorized personnel have the keys.
Make a Security Plan
Big businesses have the budget to keep all their bases covered, while small business owners may feel they can’t afford much security. Still, perhaps small business owners have even more to lose in case of a security breach. Following these security tips can help you keep your business your business.