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Protecting your premises

Protection from the outside 

  1. Identify any areas of your premises that may be vulnerable to forced entry and have them made more secure, paying particular attention to windows and doors.
  2. Make sure any service doors are locked and secure when not in use.
  3. Make sure you have a monitored alarm and that it’s fully operational.
  4. Ensure your CCTV works, provides facial recognition as well as good quality images, and covers any vulnerable areas. 24-hour digital CCTV is also highly recommended.
  5. Wheelie bins, and the like, should be stored away as these can be used to climb on to gain access to the building, especially via the first floor.
  6. Sufficient lighting around the premises can be used to deter criminals and also help to improve CCTV images captured. 
  7. Prune any overgrown bushes or nearby trees as they can provide cover for anyone trying to hide from view.
  8. External shutters, although effective, may require planning approval. We would encourage the use of attack-resistant laminated glass in sturdy frames where possible. Alternatively, film can be applied to glass to make it more resilient.
  9. Anti-ram raider bollards mounted externally can be used to protect the front of premises but may require planning approval. Owners of businesses that may be subject to smash and grab style burglaries, due to high value stock being kept in their windows, should consider looking into this option. 

Protection from the inside 

  1. Consider moving high-value goods away from display windows overnight.
  2. Try not to keep cash on the premises and always use a bolted-down safe with a time lock and anti-tamper sensors that trigger an alarm.
  3. Make sure stockrooms are locked and, where possible, keep stock out of sight.
  4. Smoke-generating devices that activate on unauthorised entry create a smokescreen and foil burglary but are designed not to damage stock.
  5. Make sure your keys are not left on the premises and that only designated staff have access. In case of emergency, make sure there’s a list of keyholders who can be contacted.