Burglary Prevention Checklist

If you’ve got a small business, it’s important to keep burglary prevention top-of-mind. Because from the destruction of your physical space to the loss of inventory, the results of a burglary would be devastating to your bottom-line. The good news is, however, that you can prevent the unthinkable from ever happening by taking a few smart steps!

First, it’s important to understand why and how a lot of break-ins happen. Burglary is really a crime of opportunity. So, potential criminals are looking for targets that sell or stock something valuable, are located in poorly lit or remote areas, and don’t appear to have a great security system in place – just to name a few factors. But no matter what or where your business, you’re never 100% risk free.

So, to make sure your business will always be protected, ask yourself these questions about your business and get started on building out a burglary prevention plan if you’re unsatisfied with any of your answers:

  • Is the merchandise considered a high-risk target item, such as computer components, or a desirable consumer product like home entertainment equipment? The more valuable or desirable the merchandise, the greater the risk of burglary.
  • Is there equipment or structures in outdoor areas that could be used by a burglar to gain entry? For example, a ladder or fire escape could be used by a burglar to access the roof or an upper-story window.
  • Is there a structure, building alcove, or overgrown foliage that could provide the burglar with cover to work without fear of being seen?
  • Are interior and exterior lighting levels adequate? Lighting serves as a strong deterrent to burglary since burglars do not like to be seen. The Lighting Handbook, published by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, provides information on lighting systems and recommended illumination levels.
  • Are exterior lighting fixtures protected against breakage, and are damaged lighting fixtures or burned-out bulbs replaced as soon as possible?
  • Are windows, doors (including loading dock doors), and other openings, such as roof hatches, securely locked?
  • Is the premises protected by a central station burglar alarm system? An outdoor sign indicating that the facility is protected by an alarm system can serve as a deterrent.
  • Is high-value merchandise secured in a burglary-resistant safe or other security enclosure during non-business hours? If there is a burglar alarm system, it should also protect the safe.
  • If burglars were to successfully enter the premises, would it be easy for them to get goods out? For example, forklift trucks that have been left with the keys in the ignition, and side and rear entrances, as well as doors to loading docks that are easily opened from the inside will enable burglars to move goods more efficiently out of the building.
  • Are goods marked in ways, such as with serial numbers or trademark emblems that permit them to be traced to their origins, making them harder to be disposed of easily? Are loaded cargo trailers secured to prevent their being stolen? Otherwise, thieves could easily hook up a tractor to a trailer and drive off with the cargo.

     


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