It is important to ensure that your office is totally secure to protect the many assets that it may contain. This could be computers, private documents and cash. With many offices in Bristol currently sitting empty, without being monitored, this is now more vital than ever.
We recommend that you have a security policy that will protect the contents of your building which not only safeguards it from theft but can also reduce your insurance premium costs. We understand that every organisation is different and has different needs. However, here are our top recommendations to help protect your office in Bristol.
Have a monitored alarm system fitted
Before you do anything you should consider having an alarm fitted to ensure your security is enhanced. Not only is this a good deterrent to thieves they can also transmit emergency signals to a monitoring station who can then dispatch police to the scene if they are required.
Alarms can be expensive and awkward to set up, which is why it is important to choose the best for your business and make sure it is fitted correctly. Talk to us if you would like more security for your business.
Make sure your locks are to a high standard
This might seem a very obvious point to make but did you know that the locks you use in your office building in Bristol need to conform to British Standards? These locks go through many rigorous tests to ensure they offer adequate protection. If your locks are not to BS 3621 you may be putting your office and insurance policy at risk.
Not sure what locks you’ve got? We can come and audit your office for safety and compliance.
Use security lighting
It’s probably not surprising to hear that 60% of burglaries take place at night which is why we strongly recommend you had adequate security lighting installed on the outside of your premises. Not only is this a massive deterrent to thieves it also enables occupiers to see anyone who is approaching the building.
The most popular form of security lighting is passive infrared: it is activated when someone comes into its field of vision and is cost-effective to install. Talk to us about the best options for your business.
You may think that CCTV is more about solving crimes as opposed to preventing them, and you’d be right, however they can act as a great deterrent. Thieves can sometimes find a way around CCTV, such as covering their face, but they are still an important aspect of an overall security system. Ensuring you have good lighting will also help with your CCTV system.
Make sure important documents and cash are locked up
Always keep cash in a Eurograde safe that is approved by the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS). Don’t forget that your documents are also important to your business and losing them or any damage happening to them can cost your business time and money. It's important to keep any sensitive information locked in drawers or cabinets, and back up virtual copies to an off-site hard drive.
If you would like to talk to us about your office security then please give us a call on 01174 038 560 or contact us.