No matter who you are, getting broken into is an awful experience. Businesses are uniquely vulnerable to burglary, with thieves assuming they’re relatively unguarded and full of valuables. Even if it’s not a sales-oriented business, there is the assumption of having computers onsite. Here are some tips to avoid any attempts at thievery:

  1. Closed Circuit Television monitoring system. Installing cameras visibly offers a few advantages in security. First, they are a powerful deterrent, scaring thieves away before they even begin. Second, should the worst happen they can also help with the investigation afterwards. Make sure to install them inside and out, so that you can track any suspicious behaviour from start to finish.
  2. Investing in quality locks on doors and windows is a must. Don’t gamble with this, seek out a Winnipeg commercial locksmith. If breaking in takes more than a few moments, people are likely to give up rather than risk being seen. Having secure locks is the first-line of defense.
  3. Consider upgrading your doors and windows. Lock can only be as secure as the doors and windows they’re on. If it’s easy to break down the door, the locks won’t deter any committed criminals.
  4. Install some lighting. As cliché as it may seem, thieves operate in darkness. If you have motion sensing lights that illuminate anyone approaching the building, the sudden attention and risk of being recognized will often stop the crime right there. This works wonders with the CCTV system.
  5. Consider getting some onsite security. In Manitoba there are some strict rules that professional security personnel have to follow; make sure the company you hire is a trusted one. Having someone who can make the rounds can be extremely valuable. Visible security acts as a deterrent, much like the CCTVs. They can also investigate any suspicious happenings onsite. Lastly, they’re just a lot more flexible than machines will be. There is some element of fallibility with human involvement, but human beings can also think creatively, which can be vital in security.
  6. Regular maintenance. Make sure to upkeep the security features. Having all these measures are all well and good, but it’s equally important to go through and make sure everything is functioning as intended. If there are parts that nearing the end of their lives, better safe than sorry. In some cases, such as locks, get a professional to upgrade them and review them when needed.
  7. You may do everything right, be perfectly prepared, and still fall victim to theft. It helps to have insurance in that case, to minimize your loss. Ideally, you’ll pay into insurance forever and never need it, in which case you’re paying for peace of mind. Either way, it’s an incredibly valuable safety net to make sure you have in place, just in case. You’d have insurance for any other large investment, this is no different.

While you’re covering your security needs, make sure that any attached parking or parkade are brought up to the same standards, to add additional layers of safety!