The effects of crime can be devastating on people and businesses. While recent crime trends have been reassuring, there is still a reported 1 in 50 businesses in the United Kingdom that suffer a robbery or burglary each year. This can create a terrible economic burden on both the business itself and the surrounding community it supports.
When a business suffers a crime of this nature, the harm can come in many forms – and often includes things that aren’t covered by your insurance: your staff will feel unsafe and insecure; your customers may lose confidence in your ability to provide products or services; and there is an inevitable downtime and cost associated with getting things back to normal.
In almost every situation it is better for you to be proactive and take sensible measures to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime – or to reduce the harm if the worst does happen. Most burglary / robbery reduction measures are very simple to implement and should fit in well with your business activities – if you need more advice or a specific solution we would be happy to help – and you should always be wary of buying into a specific technology or approach simply because the manufacturer or vendor suggest it. Make sure your controls suit you, your business and your risks.
To help you make a realistic assessment of your risks here, and what you could consider doing to reduce the probability or impact of a burglary or robbery, Halkyn Security has produced a Business Security Guide dealing with these two topics, including simple risk assessment guides and a burglary prevention guide.
You can download a copy of the business security guide for free – and please pass it on to any one, individuals or organisations who you think might benefit from it. We offer a range of free security guides and tools on our resources section, and if there is anything specific you would like more information about, please get in touch.