Commercial security: 6 tips to follow for closing time

Commercial Security: 6 Tips to Follow for Closing Time

January 16, 2024 by

The end of the day can feel rushed. You may have had a hard day and just want to get home or have plans with friends and family, but this is also when we can forget a step in the closing process and leave your business vulnerable to potential criminals. Having an established closing time procedure that you can monitor keeps everyone safe and your business protected.

Yet, what does this look like? Closing time doesn’t need to be complicated, but a few simple steps can differentiate between a break-in and a failed attempt.

1. Illumination

The darker the building, the more tempting it is for people to want to break in, whether for shelter or to clean out your stock and valuables. Lighting is essential in positions within the building, and exterior lighting acts as a fantastic deterrent. Ensuring adequate illumination for external doorways upon leaving helps keep the premises safe.

Some lighting systems can tie into your alarm system. When the alarm is triggered, the lights come on automatically. It means there is one less thing to remember when you are tired and trying to get home.

2. Lock and Key

Before leaving through the front or back door, quickly check other doors. A door left ajar or unlocked could be the opening a potential criminal needs. Door sensors and motion detectors can also fail to perform if a door is not fully closed. It can cause a problem setting the alarm and create false alarms.

By checking the doors, you can also ensure the locks work and have not been tampered with. Doors become your priority if you house any valuable or hazardous materials on-site.

Access control & smart locks add protection to these areas and also monitor who comes and goes from those areas. With personalized codes and the ability to lock at certain times, checking these doors is still a good idea but won’t cause undue stress if forgotten.

3. Secure What’s Important

It doesn’t matter what your line of work is. There is something on-site that needs to remain secure. Cash registers, confidential documents, medical supplies, or high-end and expensive products—all of these should be secured.

Keeping things in safes or secured rooms with separate or partitioned alarm systems will all work in your favour to provide added protection should your business require it.

Having two people responsible for securing these things reduces the risk of accusation if something goes missing and provides security for each other when leaving the premises to reduce the risk of being attacked.

4. Ensure Everyone Has Left

Ever get that sinking feeling that someone is watching you or that you need to double-check an area before you leave? Your gut is probably telling you something, and it’s a good idea to ensure everyone has left.

Restaurants and bars should double-check washrooms and coat areas. Retail stores should focus on staff areas, common places, and warehouses. For office spaces, conference rooms, individual offices and washrooms are essential areas for people to forget about.

Accidentally locking someone in can trigger the alarm or expose you to criminal activity. From a health and safety aspect, check areas to ensure no one is hurt or injured.

5. Set the Alarm

The last step is setting your alarm when all other checks are completed. Your Commercial Security System will control all aspects while you are gone, from cameras to lights to motion sensors, and everything working in harmony keeps your property safe.

Regular maintenance of this system is crucial to smooth operation and strengthens the protection it offers. It can be in the form of conducting updates to the system or updating and removing individual codes for people no longer employed.

Consider upgrading your commercial security system if it’s been many years since installation. Security cameras, individual codes, and smart locks are essential elements that incorporate new technology to offer more protection.

6. Going the Extra Mile

Depending on your business, there are extra steps you can consider. Security officers are not solely for the holiday rush. Having officers on site to patrol the premises after hours helps to deter people from trying to enter the building. The larger the property, the more officers are required.

Their presence can help keep criminals away when stationed in the main building or smaller buildings on site. Frequently check equipment to ensure there is no tampering with the facility.

Video surveillance and closed circuit cameras help you to watch over your business during the day, especially when things get busy and crowded. However, they keep watch at night, tracking movements, recording everything that happens, and streaming that data to secure locations for use if needed.

While these cameras run continuously, regular checks to ensure that cables are intact or their positions changed help them to function fully.

It’s Closing Time

A few extra checks before you leave may take a few minutes. However, it is worth it. Fully functioning commercial security systems, updated and regularly maintained, keep all elements working efficiently, from exterior lighting to motion sensors, door alarms, and security cameras.

Canadian Security Professionals provide all your security needs to make closing time quick and efficient. With up-to-date technology and state-of-the-art equipment, Canadian Security Professionals has been protecting Canadians 24/7 for many years and has the experience and knowledge to keep you safe.

To learn more about our commercial security systems, call one of our expert customer care agents at 1-877-494-9911 or contact us here. Choose our services and see how Canadian Security Professionals can help you today at closing time.

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