As a small business owner, the chances are that you have a million and one things running through your brain every day, so much so that you’re unable to see the wood for the trees. It sometimes takes a shock or negative situation to change the way you think about things, and today, we want to do exactly that. Billions are lost to break-ins and thefts every year in small business premises, and if you’re worried about the security of your own premises, we are here to help: we’ve put together some security tips and strategies for you to see below…
Work with a professional
Perhaps one of the most important pieces of advice we can give you in this article is that it makes much more sense to work with a professional than it does to do everything on your own. Not only is it more cost-effective to outsource your security guarding, CCTV monitoring and installation to an FM provider, but they’re fully insured and licensed to do what they do best. Don’t try to take the law into your own hands – it’s always best to work with an expert.
Invest in staff training
Another way to enjoy added peace of mind is to invest in staff training for your employees. It is so easy to assume they know what they’re doing, but how would they actually react if they were faced with a break-in or an armed robbery? Ensuring your teams are able to cope in difficult situations and follow the safest protocols will ensure that, if the worst happens, they will be protected from harm, and your business won’t be liable for any damages or lawsuits.
CCTV is your best friend
If you operate a business premises, you cannot afford not to have CCTV cameras installed. They’re relatively inexpensive to install and maintain and not only act as a deterrent but can even lower your business insurance costs and make it easier to submit a claim should anything go wrong. Have cameras installed outside and inside for added protection and don’t hesitate to outsource CCTV monitoring to a professional if you don’t have the time to do so.
Don’t neglect cybersecurity
Finally, don’t underestimate the value or importance of cybersecurity for your small business. The average cost of a cybersecurity breach in the United Kingdom is more than £1,000, but that doesn’t take into account the costs associated with data leaks or GDPR violations. As a small business owner, you should train staff to handle data sensitively, pay for software that protects your systems from hackers and bad actors, and invest in the latest technology, too.
Do you have any other security tips for small businesses? Let us know and check back soon for more advice on running a successful business, whether you’re a new entrepreneur or have been operating for decades – after all, you’re never too old to learn something new.