Businesses may be at risk from crime if they fail to implement adequate security measures and security procedures.
The majority of criminals in the retail sector are opportunist and do not plan. This type of criminal is impulsive and driven for a quick reward. They like to feel like that they are in control when committing crime and they will look for an easy opportunity, with privacy and minimal security.
However, the greater but less frequent threat to the Business community is the organised criminal and organised criminal gangs. They will plan and target specific and vulnerable premises often with violence to gain larger rewards.
Businesses do not have to turn their premises into a fortress, but implementing a few simple measures will make it more difficult for potential offenders by reducing the opportunity for crime.
The most effective solution to tackling business crime is to adopt a multi-layer approach. This will ensure that if one layer is breached, your business is still protected. This approach should be applied to both physical and digital security. These procedures should form an integral part of your business operation. Staff awareness of risk and security, coupled with robust management processes will help to address vulnerabilities and mitigate the risks.
- Clearly define the boundary of your premises so that visitors know they are entering private property. You can do this by using fences, walls, gates, landscaping and clear signage.
- Have one entrance or exit point, if possible, to minimise the opportunity for unauthorised access.
- Brief all staff regularly on your security procedures.
- Restrict roof access by removing vulnerable features such as low walls or roofs and never leave ladders lying around.
- Identify any features in your premises that could provide cover for intruders and remove or improve them. Examples include recessed doorways, concealed yards, landscaping and poorly lit areas.
- Install security lighting. This can be purchased from a reputable retailer.
- Security grills and shutters should be installed.
- Install an approved alarm system and/or CCTV for both the interior and exterior of your premises.
- Ensure the building is well secured each evening and at weekends.