Business safety and office accommodation safety advice

    • Keep front, and back doors closed and locked when you are elsewhere in the office or premises. This is of particular importance during mild and hot weather
when there is a greater temptation to leave doors open.

    • Ensure that all windows and external doors are not only closed but locked at night or when you are out of the house. Even a small window could provide a
burglar with an opportunity to reach through and open a larger window to gain access.

    • Remember to close downstairs windows when leaving a room, to deter the opportunist thief.

    • Fit good locks to doors and use them.

    • Have window locks fitted to older windows, a burglar is less likely to break in if they have to smash a window.

    • Fit and use a door chain for safety against unwelcome entry.

    • Change locks when you move into a new office or workshop.

    • Fit a good quality alarm from a reputable supplier.

    • Do not hide spare keys; leave them with someone you trust. Burglars know where to look.

    • Find out about property marking schemes such as Smart water. www.smartwater.co.uk If an item is marked it will be much harder for a thief to sell on. Also, if
recovered, stolen items can then be returned to their rightful owner.

    • Install external lights especially if you work unsocial hours. They will welcome genuine visitors and deter the criminal who wishes to work undetected.

    • To give the impression that someone is in, set lights on a timer switch. An office light or workshop  light will give the impression of occupancy; leaving only an
exterior light on may not have the same effect.

    • Don’t leave your office blinds closed during the day.

    • If timers are not available, leave a light on at random times.

    • Keep all keys away from windows and external doors so they are not visible/accessible to an opportunist thief.

    • Leave a television or radio on to create the impression that someone is working.

    • A visible burglar alarm can also act as an deterrent how ever fit the real one is better option.

    • If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your street, call the police first and report to Business Watch Totton as well.

    • Look out for your neighbours’ property if they are away for a few days or on shutdown work together to achieve our goals.

    • If your going on a shutdown report this to Business Watch Totton or your local police station before leaving the premises closed.

    • Simple anti vandal bars and window mesh deter opportunist thief's
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