Crime prevention doesn’t begin and end at home. Businesses are often the target of enterprising criminals, so there is a need for business owners to protect themselves from the threats they might encounter.
If you’re a business owner yourself, this is something you may have considered already. You will understand that you’re not just securing your business when taking steps to fight crime. You are also securing your business future, as you will be protecting your finances when guarding against criminals.
There are a number of things you can do in the name of ‘crime prevention,’ and these include the following.
#1: Protect your IT systems
Businesses both large and small can come under attack from cybercriminals. Hiding behind their screens, these are the people who will steal business and customer information, hold businesses to ransom through ransomware attacks, and shut down computer systems through malware. It is possible to thwart their attempts, however. You can secure your computers through firewalls, antivirus systems, and strong passwords. You can train your employees in all aspects pertaining to computer safety, which is especially important when transitioning to remote working. And you can strengthen your defenses with support from professional IT services. When hackers can’t get into your computers and networks, your business won’t suffer the consequences of a cyber-attack.
#2: Secure your business premises
Criminals will find their way into the back door of your computer systems if you don’t put steps in place, and they will also attempt to get through the back door of your business premises. Of course, they will also try the front door too and any windows that may be unguarded. Once in, they can steal money, important documents, and the equipment you use to run your business. So, deter these nefarious do-badders. Install an alarm system and CCTV cameras and consider shutters for your windows and doors. Security mirrors can highlight blind spots and a security guard can patrol your premises. These are just some of the steps you can take to protect your business premises so despite the cost, consider the expense worthwhile.
#3: Carry out employee background checks
Sadly, there have been many instances of employees committing crimes in the workplace. From stealing money from tills to carrying out acts of assault, the people you hire could be your biggest threat. For this reason, you need to be diligent with your background checks during the hiring process. Always take references from previous employers, research your employees using the internet, and run a criminal background check if it’s appropriate for your business. In some cases, you shouldn’t turn an applicant away if they have a criminal record. People do deserve a second chance. However, if there are a lot of red flags surrounding a potential hire, you can protect your business by choosing somebody else to fill your vacancy.
There is much more you can do to protect your business from crime, of course. So, consider where your business might be vulnerable and carry out regular risk assessments. Then take every step necessary to safeguard your business. For more advice, seek professional help, such as from your local police and any firm that can provide security advice.