The Olympics are now just around the corner with London and many other parts of the country preparing for the tourism the games will bring to the UK. Whilst the majority will be happy to watch the games and celebrate or commiserate sensibly, businesses and homes need to prepare for those who could take advantage of this busy period and wreak havoc through theft and damage. With some businesses still coping with the aftermath of the 2011 riots, they serve as a warning for others to take necessary precautions.
Assess the Exterior
It can be all too easy to finish up at the end of a working day and simply go into autopilot when it comes to locking up commercial premises. By doing this however, you can miss the signs that your security measures outside of the property are not what they used to be. Combat this by joining up with another member of the team and creating a checklist for aspects such as roller shutters; from this you can gauge how strong they would be in the face of attempted forced entry and if the results are below expectations take action by replacing or repairing the product.
If you do not currently have window grilles, now is the time to consider them. Retractable grilles are suitable for both commercial and domestic properties and are a great way to significantly reduce the chances of an intruder gaining access to a property via ground floor windows. Collapsible grilles can be pulled back during the day so they don’t have to be an eyesore at home or at your business premises and can simply snap into place at times when you want to add instant security.
Talk to Local Property Owners
If you are the owner of a shop on a street with other retail outlets, it’s a good idea to get together with other local business owners as they may have suggestions for security that you haven’t thought of. From this, you could find yourself coming away with a plethora of security solutions that will make sure your property is fully protected during the busy period of the Olympics and beyond.
Consider Monitored CCTV
CCTV cameras are something many businesses implement, but monitored CCTV is something that will really help to ease your mind, especially during busier periods. The cost of monitored CCTV can be off-putting but this could be considered a necessary precaution over the Olympics for nearby businesses as the premises can be looked over on a 24 hour basis, with professionals on hand to raise alarms should anything suspicious occur.
Make sure you can enjoy all that the Olympics has to offer to the UK this year by taking a few essential steps to increase security so that you don’t have to worry about the security of your business at any time of the day or night.
Sophie works alongside Advance Security and has recently helped a family member assess the security at their London based business property to ensure they are fully prepared ahead of the Olympic Games.