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Five Ways You Can Keep Your Office Secure

Security is a fundamental concern for any business with a physical location. Larger businesses may have crucial confidential information and personnel data to keep safe; smaller businesses may not be able to afford the financial consequences of an overnight robbery.

Whatever your business’ specific cause for concern, security measures are evergreen, ensuring premises, equipment and information alike is kept from the wrong hands. But what security measures should you adopt to improve your office’s overall safety?

CCTV

One of the most effective methods you can use to secure your office is to install CCTV on your premises. By installing cameras on both the interior and exterior of your office location, you can telegraph to would-be trespassers that the area is under surveillance. Law enforcement can also use any footage of a crime in progress to incriminate the trespasser in question, quickening the return of stolen materials.

Alarm Systems

You should couple your CCTV setup with a good alarm system, to build a strong deterrent for criminal trespassers. Alarm horns would sound on attempted entry, drawing attention to your location and likely inspiring attempted entrants to leave.

By hooking your alarm system up to security lighting, you can also illuminate any areas where trespass is detected – which also gives your CCTV cameras a clearer view of those attempting entry.

Staff ID Badges

But not all unauthorized entries happen in the dead of night. It is also possible for people to make their way into your premises during the working day – especially if there is little in the way of door security on premises. By issuing your staff with photographic ID badges, you can ensure that everyone who is meant to be on-premises has proof of their authorization. 

You could also include an RFID chip in each ID badge, with levels of clearance for different rooms or departments. This way, staff members from one department would not have unnecessary access to other areas. Rooms would also be effectively locked to anyone who wasn’t an employee.

Staff Training

While not a physical intervention, staff training can have a profound impact on the overall safety of your business and premises. Staff members may encounter fraudsters or trespassers pretending to be an official of another organization or utility company; knowing to check the credentials of unexpected guests and communications can help reduce the likelihood of fraudulent entry.

Wi-Fi Security

Digital security is also a key concern for businesses, with the potential for being far more dangerous to leave unattended than the office’s physical security. Cybercrime is on the rise in the US – and your wi-fi connection could be the difference between safety and the loss of critical information.

By ensuring that your office internet is protected by a strong password, knowledge of which is kept to IT staff alone, you can prevent bad actors from gaining access to your systems and harvesting data. 

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