Almost every business owner out there knows that it pays to prepare for the worst. Whether investing in online security, insurance, or physical security protocols, it makes sense to act now rather than later and mitigate any unexpected problems that might occur.
If you’re unsure as to whether to make the commitment to a full perimeter security review and begin implementing tools like barriers, gates and turnstiles then here are four tell-tale signs that you need to act sooner rather than later.
1 – Crime in your area
One of the most common reasons that businesses turn to perimeter security providers is an upturn in crime locally. Crime begets crime and you’re more likely to be targeted if other businesses in your area have to.
If you’ve read reports of local crime against businesses or have noticed a surge change in crime figures, then you should already be building your defences.
2 – You’ve recently fallen victim to crime
Another common reason to invest in perimeter security measures is that a business has recently had a crime committed against them. In an ideal world, security measures are implemented pre-emptively, but this isn’t always the case. Criminals will often double back, or word will travel among underground networks highlighting a business as a “soft target”. For this reason, it’s imperative that businesses do a full post-mortem after an incident and work with a security provider to prevent future occurrences.
3 – You’ve noticed unusual things happening around your premises
Vigilance is one of the cornerstones of defending against crime. Both you and your employees need to be eagle-eyed when it comes to identifying anything unusual going on in and around your premises. Perhaps you’ve noticed strange vehicles driving at slow speeds around your site, unidentified people taking photographs, or you’ve had keys go missing. It often pays to listen to your gut, so act now and do a full review of your systems.
4 – You’ve found evidence of trespass
This does not apply to all businesses, but for many sites, especially those that are unoccupied – trespassing can be a real headache for property owners. Not only can trespass result in problems like littering, fly-tipping, damage to fixtures and fittings, and graffiti, but the more often it occurs the higher the chances of escalation to even more serious crimes like arson that can do permanent and lasting damage to your property. If you’ve found evidence of unauthorized visitors taking advantage of your property then you can’t afford to sit idly by.
It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to deciding which security strategies are going to be most effective at a site, which is why it is important, to begin with a risk assessment. Here at Gateway Automation, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your perimeter security requirements. To find out more please contact Gateway Automation on 01522 682255.