- Never store large amounts of cash on the property and only use a drop and/or burglary safe where a safe is warranted.
- Make sure the sightlines around your doors and windows are not blocked by landscaping or fencing. Remove weapons of opportunity that can be used as a means of attack from around your property in the event of a break-in. These include: baseball sized stones, small flower pots, ashtrays or anything that can be picked up or thrown.
- Make sure your property is well maintained and free from graffiti.
- Utilize motion sensors to control your business's interior lights.
- Limit the movement of strangers within your business by developing a proper reception area or lobby with a controlled access. Be aware of probes (criminal's who use an excuse to enter the building during working hours for the purpose of having a look around).
- Take the vulnerability of your business into account. Consider extra security precautions if your roof is accessible, you have shipping/receiving doors or your business can be entered by breaking through the adjoining unit.
- Turn off your computer monitors at night and secure any laptops. (In a large business or business with intellectual property, consider installing one hard drive in a safe room and have all desktops work on a network.)
- Mark your valuable property. Participate in Operation Provident.
- Remind your staff to keep their cars locked and never leave valuables such as purses or wallets in a visible location or unattended at your desk.
- Require all future employees to undergo a criminal background check as a condition of being hired.
Business & Commercial Links
Shop Theft Prevention
General Business Security
Securing Commercial Buildings
Robbery Prevention for Business
Workplace Violence & Harassment
Repeat Burglaries - Homes/Business
Tips for Victims of Commercial Break and Enter
See also our Security Audits (CPTED) page for more information on how a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) can help with the security of your business.