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Health and Safety experts, Reece Safety talk us through the safety measures to take for external premises protection.
For any business, it is paramount to ensure that the exterior of a premises is protected from the different safety breaches that may occur. Theft, vandalism and trespassers are all potential ways in which damage to a building or site could occur which in turn can put both stress and financial strain upon a company.
Investing in external protection for a building and its surrounding areas is important for long term security and peace of mind and there are several ways to improve security of a premises overall.
Assess the risks
A full risk assessment of the building and exterior premises should be undertaken, which will review and recognise site risks and hazards, as well as weak spots within security. Risks to site safety, such as broken locks, faulty doors or windows, or damaged fencing can be identified through a thorough risk assessment and can then be acted upon immediately.
Following a risk assessment, responsibility for security for the premises should be allocated to one individual, usually a manager or owner, who should check security systems, ensure safety procedures are being followed and monitor contact with insurers and emergency services.
Improve weak points in your security
A risk assessment will identify weak areas where security can be improved with protective measures, which will save time and money long term. Stricter security may be needed for any vulnerable points that have been identified, such as a controlled access system, limiting entry and exit points and increased fire safety measures.
Windows and doors are undoubtedly the most important external areas to secure and should always be locked when the premises are unoccupied. Window bars and grilles are also an effective deterrent if the need for further security is needed.
Insurance companies often insist on minimum security standards for locks, windows, and the perimeter and roof of your premises to strengthen entry points and conform to British Standard 3621, preferably with registered keys and one owner.
Invest in safety mirrors
One of the ways to ensure external security is to utilise safety mirrors. Safety or security mirrors can help with blind spots and offer a wider view of an area such as a car park, whilst also acting as a deterrent to potential trespassers. Such mirrors are small enough to use above or around windows, doors, gates and other points of access allowing for a wider view of the surrounding area when stood at different angles, this can ensure that blind spots are seen.
Convex, quarter dome, half dome and full hemisphere shaped mirrors can be added to your building to aid in improving the sight around the premises. Each type of security mirror has its benefits depending on the angle of the building, with suitability for internal use as well as around the perimeter.
Consider electronic security
Electronic security, such as CCTV and alarms, can provide another level of protection for your business. CCTV is a widely used deterrent which allows one person to monitor multiple areas, including remote sites, at the same time, making it useful for security maintenance. Alarms are also key for exterior security and alert management of trespassers on the premises. Before choosing an alarm, compare prices and specifications, and ensure that the alarm conforms with British Standard 4737-3.0:1988.
Secure entry and exit points
As entry and exit points are most susceptible to security breaches, the risk assessment should start here. It is paramount that these areas are secured with high-quality locks to ensure increased protection. Security cameras around these areas are also highly recommended for added protection in case of theft or forced entry.
The insurance policy will be able to advise regarding the minimum level of security that is required for each entry point. However, if the business can afford to invest more and purchase a higher level security system, it is certainly a decision worth making for added peace of mind.
Use high-quality glass for windows
Regardless of the type of business, strong quality windows a are a key element in protecting the premise. Particularly if the premises includes valuable items such as jewellery or expensive artwork, armoured or bulletproof glass is highly desirable. While slightly more expensive, they are a much stronger deterrent.
Keep valuables locked away
Although not all premises have extremely valuable equipment, in most cases there will still be items that can cost the business thousands of pounds if stolen. Whether it is a piece of technology with very sensitive and confidential information or highly expensive goods, most premises should own a strong safe that these items should be locked in. Sometimes, even with all the deterrents burglaries can happen. However, investing in a safe is sure to protect business valuables against the worst possible scenarios.
Add more layers of security
If a premises already has a security system and camera, consider taking this to the next level by investing in higher quality locks, stronger window glass or even motion sensor lights. Such investments will not only help to strengthen your security barriers but will also act as deterrents to potential intruders.
Every piece of equipment on-site should be regularly checked for its safety and functionality. CCTV cameras, security systems and other theft protective technologies don’t always work perfectly, and they may sometimes have a day off, exactly when they are needed the most. Although unlikely, to avoid any possible occurrences of equipment malfunctioning, monitoring and checks should be conducted regularly.
There are many security aspects to take into consideration when ensuring that a business premise is fully safeguarded. However, by following these few tips, business owners are sure to keep their premises as safe as possible.
Safety Measures For External Premises Protection
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