In many ways, your business is essential. You absolutely need it to keep your life in running order, to support your family, and to enjoy the many luxuries that make life so worth living. However, in the same way that you have a lot of money riding on your business, you also have much to lose.
That’s where thieves enter the picture, specifically targeting your brand for all the goods and valuables it may carry inside. This risk is magnified during the holidays, when your office might not be as busy, or even entirely closed.
Of course, you don’t want your livelihood to be put at risk, so you have to take precautions during the holidays to protect it. Thus, this article will help you find the weaknesses, eradicate them, and protect your business.
If your business is closed for an extended period of time or will be having fewer hours of operation during the holidays, make sure that your fire alarms, access control systems, security cameras, and everything else are working and reporting data correctly.
Do this at the beginning of the holiday season, so you’ll have plentiful time for adjustments and repairs. You can then rest easy when you leave, knowing that your business is protected with working equipment that’ll keep intruders out.
Also, make sure that any monitoring provider you have is informed of your holiday break hours, and has a recently updated contact list so they can let you know and respond to any alarms or break-ins that may occur.
This is a less conventional concern, but one that still relates to the state and safety of your business.
With the cold weather fast approaching, one thing that is easy to overlook is the fact that your pipes are not invincible. In fact, if they freeze and burst, they can cause just as much monetary damage to your store as a burglar.
To avoid this, make sure to set your thermostat to a temperature of 10 degrees celsius or higher. If possible, consider turning off the water entirely.
You can go a step further and hook yourself up with a low-temperature sensor that will notify you (perhaps through a security system) when interior temperatures have reached a danger point for your pipes. This can be streamlined with a smart thermostat that you can control from a distance.
This might seem unintuitive. After all, you always want your clients and customers to know when you’re open for business during the hectic holiday season. However, this is basically also an advertisement to robbers that they can invade your business whenever you’re closed.
For some businesses you have to share your holiday hours but for others instead of making the holiday hours super-clear, consider leaving a sign that says “Call us for holiday hours.” Or, use an automated email reply across your organization that encourages the customer to call for holiday hours, and set someone to properly respond to messages.
This is an obvious point, but it’s one that you still need to remember. When you leave for the holidays, make sure to take all the cash from your business so you’re not just leaving a bunch of easy-to-use funds for any thieves.
Even having a safe might not be enough. If it’s unanchored, burglars can just remove the whole safe to open up and deal with at a later time.
During the holiday season, you might receive a lot of gifts and deliveries of stock, or items to just give to your employees.
This is easy to overlook, but when you’re done emptying your shipping boxes, don’t simply throw them outside. This makes it easy for potential thieves to know exactly what you have inside. In a way, you’re almost advertising the contents of your business to potential criminals.
Instead, take all the shipping and content labels off the boxes and cut them up for recycling. Or just make sure to dispose of all the boxes on the day your location has garbage and recycling pickup. This way, it’s not immediately clear what you have inside.
It can be fun to place a lot of Christmas or other holiday decorations in your workplace to celebrate the season.
However, make sure to exercise caution. You don’t want your holiday lights to obscure security cameras. As well, avoid decorations that might keep your door open or require you to keep windows and other points of entry less guarded than they would otherwise be. Be safe and have fun.
There’s much you can do to protect your business during the holiday season. So, to keep things going perfectly in your life, put in the work and do your best, even if it takes more time and effort. It’s worth it.
While it can be easy to see scary shadows and spectres of invaders everywhere, the truth is that you really don’t have to worry too much if you listen to the tips we talked about here. Don’t let your guard down, but don’t let it consume your life either. Just do what’s needed, and you’ll find that the rewards will come naturally.
Still, if you want some professional advice, it can be good to talk to experts like those at Canadian Security Professionals. We can offer business alarm systems of all kinds, and we have the insight needed to build the perfect system to always protect you. Call us at 1-877-494-9911 or contact us here.
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