Keeping Your Premises Secure Over Christmas

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If you have a business that operates from its own premises then the Christmas period can bring mixed emotions. On the one hand, you and your staff get a well-deserved break from work for a few days. On the other hand, there is always the risk that your building could be broken into or damaged on the days when nobody is working there.

Securing The Premises Whilst You’re Closed For Christmas

There are many commercial security companies offering business security systems from basic security alarm systems for business right up to commercial alarm monitoring, but how much security do you really need over Christmas? Business security systems can be broken down into two main types – there is physical security, which acts as a deterrent to opportunist criminals and either prevents them from breaking in or delays them long enough for the police to arrive and also services such as employing security guards or commercial alarm monitoring.

Physical Security

The basics of physical security are founded in common sense: if your premises are located within a fenced compound, then ensure that the gates are locked with a quality padlock while you are away. Doors can be protected by keys, and also barred from within if there are multiple exits. If you use a keypad entry system, then it is a good idea to make sure that the code is changed regularly and at least every time an employee leaves the business to avoid it being compromised. Windows can be fitted with toughened glass and barred on the inside or outside to prevent anyone from squeezing through. If you need a greater level of protection then a variety of more secure systems can be added to boost your building’s physical security including RFID technology and even biometric systems. There is also the option of employing a security guard to conduct a mobile patrol of the premises and respond if an intruder is detected.

Security Alarm Systems For Business

Intruder alarms are one of the most common preventative measures that can protect unoccupied premises. There are two main types – an audible only system which sounds a siren if someone enters (or tries to break into) the premises and monitored alarm systems. Monitored alarms are connected to a control room, and an operator will contact the police on your behalf if the alarm is activated. There are many different types of sensor available for security alarm systems: as well as the familiar motion detector and magnetic catches for doors and windows, it is now possible to install microwave and acoustic sensors for an even greater level of security. If you are unwilling or unable to lay cables, then consider a wireless alarm system.

CCTV Camera Systems

CCTV is now a familiar part of everyday life. As well as recording images to be passed to the police if someone attempts to break into your premises, it is also a great deterrent. A variety of CCTV solutions are available, including cabled systems and temporary wireless solutions. Combined with a suitable hard-drive recording system, the cameras will give you the peace of mind that your premises are being monitored even while you are away over the festive season.

D-TECT Fire and Security

D-TECT Fire and Security are one of the South’s premier commercial security companies, specialising in the installation and maintenance of fire and security alarm systems for businesses across the South, Midlands and London. Call us today on 01903 357000 to find out more about how we can help you keep your business premises secure whilst you’re closed for Christmas.

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