Six ways to increase the security of your work premises


Security is a major factor to consider when running a business. It’s why safety measures should be considered an investment, rather than an expense.

If you haven’t taken the time to properly secure your premises and assets, you are leaving yourself, your property and employees open to a host of threats. From security doors to electronic safes and even biometric access controls, here are six ways that you can safeguard your business.

1. Conduct a risk assessment

To identify which areas need a little extra attention, we recommend calling in a professional who can lend their expertise. As an additional measure, we suggest that you involve your staff as well. This is because they might be privy to a few insights because they work in the building daily. By flagging areas around the premises that are leaving you exposed to threats, you can actively improve on these and boost your overall security.

2. Consider biometric access controls

Let’s face it, keys can be lost, stolen or copied. This leaves your business vulnerable to trespassers and thieves. Biometric access systems or intelligent key systems which have a very encryption level, are a great way to limit the dangers posed by traditional keys. With every member of staff having their own unique fingerprint or even access card, there’s less chance of incidents. As an added benefit, you can track who enters the building and when. This is because these kinds of systems leave a useful digital trail of all activity.

3. Install electronic safes

Much like residential safe options, commercial safes provide protection of assets and priceless peace of mind. Should you have any devices like laptops, tablets and hard drives lying around, you should keep them in a secure place that is out of sight. A digital safe is an effective way to do this as it offers a more advanced security offering than traditional safes might, and the new offerings have alarms which go off during an attack. Fire safes are also fire rated to keep documents safe in high heat situations. Depending on your budget and how many you require, it is worth spending a little more to ensure that your assets are properly protected.

4. Pay attention to your perimeter

External threats are just as worrying as internal ones. It’s why you should guard your property from the outside. Installing spotlights and proper fencing will go a long way towards deterring trespassers but it’s also worth looking at more advanced measures. Motion-triggered alarm beams will also be a welcomed addition to your security system, as would the physical presence of a guard who can patrol the area during the night. These days, there are enough discreet device options on the market. This means that any protective measures don’t have to compromise the overall look and appeal of your premises.

5. Know who you are letting in

Whilst this might not always be possible, knowing who is entering your building can help to prevent unnecessary theft. If someone is visiting, perhaps it’s a good idea to have them wear a name tag for visitors. This will allow you to spot them if they’re in an area that they shouldn’t be. Better yet, have a full access control system with limited visitor access tags. For employees, a background check is a sensible undertaking considering that they’ll be in your workplace and around fellow employees. Again, this is where electronic access comes in. With limited access, and a full audit trail, no one can attempt to pose as anyone else in order to enter your building.

6. Stay up to date with the latest door opening solutions

At ASSA ABLOY, we pride ourselves on remaining up to date with the most advanced products. This enables us to provide our customers with a range of powerful solutions that accurately meet their needs. For more on our extensive range and what they stand to offer you, we invite you to get in touch with us today.