Construction sites, shopping centres and warehouses are obvious focusses for criminals. High-value items are stored on site and provide easy targets for crime. For this reason, we are regularly asked to protect these locations.
Often overlooked, business parks, office blocks and smaller offices are also at risk though. To protect your office premises, consider security solutions from Abbey Security.
Mobile Security Services for offices
Mobile security patrols are perfect for smaller businesses and offices which already have some basic security. Those with CCTV or an alarm system may wish to consider a stronger security presence. When used in conjunction with other security measures, a mobile patrol can be all that is required to keep potential criminals at bay.
Criminals like their crime to be simple. Having an officer undertake routine patrols at random or pre-arranged times may be enough to deter any illegal activity. The threat of interruption may make them seek alternative targets.
An alternative to a full-time guard, mobile patrols are a cheaper but more efficient option for some businesses. Mobile security services can also be used in combination with a static daytime guard.
Who would benefit from a mobile security patrol?
Many businesses choose to have mobile security patrols instead of retaining a full-time security guard(s). To find out if mobile patrols would be beneficial to your office, read our blog ‘would mobile security patrols benefit my business?’
With a mobile security patrol, security officers visit your site at random or specified periods. The frequency of these patrols depends on your individual requirements. You may only need a mobile patrol outside of office hours, or you may require multiple visits in a 24-hour period.
You can also decide on the level of detail. For example, you may decide an exterior patrol of your premises is enough. Guards will check all entrances are secure and that there are no signs of criminal activity. On the other hand, you may prefer a thorough investigation of the interior as well as the exterior. The guard will conduct a full patrol of the business premises and is well-trained to spot any suspicious signs.
Keyholding Services for your office
For small offices, a keyholding solution may be a good idea. In the event of an activation, an officer will respond to the alarm so you don’t have to. This eliminates risk to your employees and provides peace of mind to senior staff. While responding to an alarm, officers will again perform thorough internal and external patrols. Security officers can also lock and unlock your premises. Once more, this eliminates the risk to whoever is normally on site first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Other good practices to follow for efficient office security
To protect their staff and assets, there are other basic steps office staff can undertake. They should close and lock windows and doors to remove the opportunity of easy access. Staff should also report anything suspicious immediately, and supervise visitors at all times.
Ensure your car park and the exterior of the building are well lit. Motion activated lighting is a cost-effective solution, which will be set off if it detects movement. This highlights any unauthorised visitors, deterring them from attempting to break in. A CCTV system or a visible alarm system may also put off any burglary attempts. As already stated, thieves like a break in to be easy. Anything that suggests there may be complications will make them rethink their actions.
Internally, it’s important to follow good practices. To protect assets, ensure you secure and lock important documents in cabinets. If kept on site, make sure you securely store cash in a safe. And label all office equipment so it’s traceable. By using this method, it is easy to check if anything is missing against an inventory too.
Abbey Security provide mobile security or keyholding services to offices in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge
We’ve been protecting businesses of all sizes throughout East Anglia for over 30 years. If you require security for your office in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Thetford, Ipswich or the surrounding areas, we can help. Please give us a call on 01284 768832 or fill in our contact form and we can find a solution to your requirements.
Posted on October 23, 2017