Security Tips for Your Des Moines Business

Commercial Security Tips

  1. Have your employees  keep their personal effects in a secure location, such as a locked desk or  filing cabinet.
  2. Have a key management  system and limit the number of employees having keys or install an access  control system to monitor who comes in and out of your facility and when.
  3. Make security a  company benefit by promoting the value of vigilance and provide training for  all employees, including cleaning staff, so that they are familiar with  security procedures and understand your expectations.
  4. Establish security  teams that have specific duties.
  5. Communicate routine  practices for deliveries and shipments so personnel can recognize unusual  behavior.
  6. Discuss protocols for  greeting visitors and exposing imposters. Challenge any strangers who enter  your work area. Ask for identification. Call a supervisor or security for help.
  7. Establish identification  and badging procedures.
  8. Make sure outside  entrances and inside security doors have deadbolt locks. If you use padlocks,  they should be made of steel and kept locked at all times.
  9. Windows should have  secure locks and burglar-resistant glass. Consider installing metal grates on  all your windows except the display window.
  10. Move all valuable merchandise away from doors  and windows to prevent “smash and grab” thefts.
  11. Make sure you can see easily into your  business after closing.
  12. Light the inside and outside of your business,  especially around doors, windows, skylights, or other entry points. Consider  installing covers over exterior lights and power sources to deter tampering.
  13. If you have a retail store, make sure your  entire sales floor can be easily viewed. Eliminate any blind spots that may  hide a robbery in progress. Keep displays neat and place small and valuable  objects in cabinets. Ensure that your staff is familiar with all of the  merchandise in the store.
  14. Do not tag your keys with the name of your  business.
  15. Change locks if the keys are lost or not  returned by a former employee or get an access control system with programmable  key fobs.
  16. Install an annunciator on entrances to alert  you that someone has entered your store or office.
  17. Keep detailed, up-to-date records. Store  back-up copies off the premises. If you are ever victimized, you can access  losses more easily and provide useful information for law enforcement  investigations.
  18. Make bank deposits often and during business  hours. Do not establish a regular pattern. Take different routes at different  times during the day.
  19. Don’t write down safe combinations.
  20. Mark all equipment, including computers and  cash registers, with an identification number (tax ID or license). Keep a  record of all identification numbers off the premises with other important  records.
  21. Realize that if you have business products,  inventory, equipment, or money you have what someone else wants and you need to  protect your assets.
  22. Think about what is on a piece of paper before  you toss it into the trash. If it is sensitive information, shred it.
  23. Think before talking about the details of your  job or working on sensitive projects in public places such as restaurants,  airplanes, classrooms, and gyms.
  24. Organize a business watch, patterned after the  Neighborhood Watch concept. Get to know the people who operate the businesses  in your area. Watch for suspicious activity and report it to the police  immediately.
  25. When it is dark out create a buddy system for  walking to parking lots or public transportation or ask security to escort you  to your car.
  26. If a thief confronts you or your employees,  cooperate. Merchandise and cash can always be replaced. People can’t!
  27. Be cautious around elevators, if you are  uncomfortable stepping into an elevator because someone looks suspicious, wait  for the next elevator. Stand next to the controls when you ride,  if you feel threatened, you can push the  emergency buttons.

Outside Your Place of Business

  1. Light the entryways of  your facility to make hiding or entering undetected more difficult.
  2. Avoid landscaping that  provides hiding places.
  3. Put away ladders or  other objects that would assist a burglar in reaching an upper window.
  4. Do you have privacy  fencing? If someone gets into your facility, would the fence provide cover for  the burglar while he breaks in?
  5. Keep doors and gates  locked, an obvious step that most victims have ignored.
  6. Check the parking lot  for good lighting and unobstructed views.
  7. Install locking gates  and eliminate possible hiding places such as trees, shrubbery, stairwells, and  alleys.

Prevent Employee Theft

  1. Employee theft may be the most critical threat to your operation. Provide access to assets on a need-only basis.
  2. Establish layers of security: Secure portable items with locks and lock the rooms in which they are stored.
  3. Have eyes and ears when you’re not there. Depending on your business, something as simple as a closed circuit television system may serve both as a deterrent and as a way of recording information.

 

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