No-one wants to be the victim of a burglary, do they? As rhetorical questions go, this last one scarcely warrants an answer. Of course no-one wants burglars rooting around their property, and yet countless business still fail to adequately protect their buildings. Not only could you be failing to prevent thieves from targeting your business premsies however, but you could also be actively encouraging them to set their sights on you. Could you be offering thieves an open invitation? If you’re guilty of any of these five security insights, then you just might be…
When you or I see an unsecured entrance to a property, all we’re really seeing is an ageing sash window or a fragile, glass-panelled door. When a burglar spots an unsecured entrance, however, what they see is an opportunity. You don’t need to leave a window gaping open to offer thieves an open opportunity; just a crack will do, and these kinds of people aren’t opposed to giving a shonky door a swift kick or taking a piece of brick to a pane of glass. If these entrances are left unsecured overnight then you’ll likely only have yourself to blame if something happens – and that could be precisely how an insurance company will view any claims too.
Thieves like to nick stuff, obviously, but only when they think they can get away with it. For a thief, the best opportunity to load up a van with stolen goods is to target an unoccupied building. If your site is left vacant for long periods of time, or if it looks as though there are few deterrents for a commercial premises that is left empty over evenings and weekends, there’s nothing to stop thieves from smashing their way in and taking everything they can carry.
Un-illuminated hiding places
As we mentioned before, thieves aren’t that keen on being caught. They are aware, however, that CCTV cameras can’t always guarantee a conviction, so if there are un-illuminated spaces and blind spots in which they can hide away from human gaze and the direct vision of the cameras, they can breeze into your property without fear of being caught.
Some people are under the mistaken impression that hidden security is the best security. If the thieves don’t know they’re being monitored and protected then won’t they be surprised when they are caught! Of course, this is a blatant misconception, and security ought to act as a visible deterrent to thieves. It’s better to prevent your property from being targeted than to win a conviction only after your business has been comprehensively turned over.
In a nutshell, though, we could summarise the previous four paragraphs in just the one heading: ‘inadequate security’. If your property hasn’t been adequately secured against the threat of thieves, burglars and squatters then you’re essentially opening the door for them to come in and do as they please. If you recognise any of the above faults as applying to your business then you need to rectify them as quickly as possible – otherwise, your property could be at risk.