To deter forced entry burglary:
- Ensure your doors and windows are protected.
- Consider roller shutters and bars where practical.
- Ask your alarm engineer if there is a way of having a potential intruder set your alarm off prior to him having free run of your premises i.e. alarm sensors on external shutters, wall vibration sensors and external motion sensor.
- Make sure your alarm automatically alerts a key holder (if not on the police alarm call out system).
- If your alarm signals an intruder by landline, consider alternative back up mobile systems, in the event of telephones wires being cut.
- If there is only one land line into the shop consider what would happen if that line was blocked by an incoming call at the time of the break in.
- Ensure your alarm is regularly serviced and covers all the risk areas.
- Consider CCTV systems internally and externally.
- Make sure your lighting complements the CCTV cameras.
- Record details of all valuables and IT equipment.
- Mark your property with the company name and postcode (consider such products as Smartwater, Selectamark etc.)
If your business invites the general public inside the building consider:
- Are the non-public areas secure and locked?
- Do you have private no entry signs visible?
- Can you restrict the public to a particular area rather than give a potential burglar the chance to survey your security.
- Make sure all doors in non-public areas are securely locked.
- Don't leave rear loading area doors open, as offenders will walk in given the opportunity.
Ensure all staff takes responsibility for the security of personal belongings (handbags etc).