Think of the outside of your business as your first line of defense against forced entry as you consider the unique measures required to protect your business.
• Install exterior doors constructed from external grade materials based on local building code and manufacturer guidelines
• Ensure exterior doors and frames are reinforced and well secured to the building
• Use a secondary panel, steel bars, grills, 3M security film, or mesh across external doors, particularly over glass sections or thin panels
• Inspects door locks and padlocks and consult a locksmith to determine the security level required by each type of door
• Include a closed shackle padlock and heavy duty pad-bar for double doors
• Seek outside advice regarding additional security from the fire department or your insurance agent as fire exit doors are usually secured only by panic bars
• Ensure windows and frames are in good condition, fit properly, and are well secured to the building
• Reduce forced entry through windows by installing steel bars, grills, or shutters
• Fit ground, basement, and upper floor windows with key operated locks
The installation of an alarm or closed-circuit video surveillance system should be determined based on the specific needs of your business; equipment should only be installed by a reputable company.
Alarm systems — ensure your alarm system meets ULC certification guidelines and select your system based on its ability to deter intruders, attract attention, and initiate a response from police, a contract security company, or authorized employees.
Closed Circuit Video — install a CCV system if you have a high risk premises, to capture any evidence of criminal activity. Selection of a system will be based on your needs. Basic systems view and record activity in strategic areas. More complex systems require a resource to monitor activity continually. Ensure equipment and recording media are checked regularly for correct operation and picture quality. You can reuse recording media if you follow a strict order that rotates the media by chronological date.
Key or Badge Access Control — control locks on doors and train your staff to help reduce the risk of unauthorized entry.
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