Nowadays, when we talk about protecting our businesses from threats, we tend to think of intangible and web security based threats. Sure, cyber criminals pose a huge threat to any business that has any online presences. At the end of the day, this is now most businesses. We all require an online presence to operate and maximise profits, but this leaves us open to hacking and cyber attacks which could compromise our digital security and lead to loss of money or a tarnished reputation. But it’s still important that you remember to lay some focus on the more physical parts of your company too. If you’re selling goods, there’s always the chance that they could be damaged, destroyed, stolen or harmed in some other way. If you have physical commercial premises, you need to protect this too. So, here are just a couple of ways you can really protect your business on a more physical level.
Invest in CCTV
The first step that every business should take is to invest in CCTV. CCTV stands for closed circuit television and is essentially a recording system that will ensure you can document everything that happens in the space the CCTV covers. If you have a brick and mortar store, CCTV can pick up evidence of shoplifting, vandalism or other crimes and can help you to bring perpetrators to justice. It can also act as a deterrent in the first place. After all, people are much less likely to steal if they know there’s going to be hard evidence of what they’ve done. There are countless systems out there, so you want to make sure you get the best option for your business in particular. It’s best to get something that will ensure footage is recorded in full HD. This will ensure you have clear, good quality footage if necessary.
If you have a premises that is accessible to the public, it may also be a good idea to hire security. These professionals will be able to monitor CCTV footage in real time and can intervene if anyone happens to do anything wrong. This can stop any damage or loss early in its tracks and prevent it from becoming costly.
Take Out Insurance
Of course, it’s a good idea to have insurance on your commercial premises. If you own the premises, you’ll need building and contents insurance. If you’re just renting the space, you will only need contents insurance. Either way, it’s a good idea. If anything does happen, you’ll be able to repair or replace everything your premises had without having to worry excessively about costs to your company. Insurance will lift a weight from your shoulders and will ensure that you’re fully protected if something does go wrong. Just make sure to read policy small print to make sure you get something that covers everything you want it to.
Protecting all aspects of your business is important. This includes the physical aspects! Hopefully, some of the above advice will help you to protect your company’s physical assets.