5 Top Tips to Covid 19 Secure your Premises in 2021

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Are Your premises Covid 19 Secure Right Now

With extended lockdowns and workplace restrictions, in this article, we will look at the top 5 tips to Covid 19 Secure your business premises in 2021.

As a business owner, facilities manager, or business manager, we can all agree that we have reached an unprecedented level of change to the way that we work, and the way that we interact with others, to a point where we have had to completely change our business working processes and in many instances both where we are working from and how or premises are being used.

You will not be surprised to learn that many police forces have reported a sharp rise in Business premises burglaries, especially offices, schools, retail, and pubs.  Criminals have seen this as an opportunity and target unoccupied premises, these same criminals also realise that “working from home” also means more technology is available in homes, however more people are at home and whilst business premises are often left closed, and unoccupied the present a better opportunity to criminals.  You can understand why there has also been a sharp decline in pickpocketing and shop theft when people are staying at home and the shops are closed.

In this article we will focus our attention on, Covid 19 secure your business premises

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Top 5 tips to Covid 19 secure your business premises in 2021.

Here are some suggestions to better secure your business during the Covid 19 pandemic.

  1. Secure the Exterior of your Facility
    1. Ensure all external windows and doors are locked closed
    2. Remove any platforms that may assist criminals to climb such as bins, ladders, etc.
    3. Remove any items of value to areas where they can’t be seen by opportunists through windows.
    4. Make sure you visit the premises regularly and check for signs of unusual activity.
  2. Secure Your Valuables
    1. If you have a till empty the cash register, leave the cash drawer open, and show there is no cash in the tills.
    2. Remove any items of value to areas where they can’t be seen by opportunists through windows.
    3. Ensure the sale is emptied, valuables are removed from the site if possible and cash is banked
  3. Update your Alarm & CCTV systems
    1. If feasible add external motion detection systems and mobile alerts.
    2. Make sure you are using quality cameras with great night vision options.
    3. Arrange for your Alarm system to be tested and ensure Personal Attack alarms are working correctly
    4. Access if technology can assist you in maintaining safety at your premises, such as thermal access control,
  4. Keyholders & Sensitive Data
    1. Make sure your keyholder details are correct and up to date
    2. If you have lone workers ensure they follow your lone worker policy
    3. Make a list of who has keys and secure any spares are in a safe place
    4. Store any sensitive data, including staff, customers, or suppliers, is possible to remove the data off-site if possible and backup regularly.
  5. Risk Assessments
    1. Irrespective of your premises being open or closed you still have a legal obligation and a duty of care to ensure procedures are relevant and sufficient.
    2. Risk assess your premise’s fire safety, test the fire alarm system, and correct any faults. Ensure engineer’s maintenance is carried out and fire extinguishers are tested.
    3. Notify your insurance company of the change in circumstances and make them aware of additional risks. If you are a café that’s now delivering then cars insurance need to include business usage, etc.
    4. The office may now be used for other purposes, notify your insurance
    5. Make sure you can access communications and have a failsafe in place i.e. if you have an email system and the server is on your premises make sure key staff all have secondary emails such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook Mail, etc and these email addresses are shared
    6. Avoid potential insurance and legal complications by reviewing all changes of occupancy & use of workplaces, e.g. if a warehouse is now packing and sending out food parcels, or if office space is being used as storage.

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Century Fire and Security are here for you:

We are happy to give business owners, managers, and facilities managers the assurance that a professional and friendly security firm is available and on hand to assist you through these troubling times.  All of our customer fire and security systems will remain monitored and serviced. If you are concerned that your security supplier is not offering the same reassurance we are happy to assist.

We will offer all customers and new clients a free Virtual Covid 19 Risk Assessment, whereby we will connect remotely and ask a series of general questions regarding your business, assets, people, and responsibilities, at the end of the call you should have a clear understanding of what to do to ensure your property is Covid 19 Secure.

If you need to upgrade your Fire alarm, access control, or CCTV System or even if you need to add additional perimeter protection such as fencing, gates, and barriers please feel free to call Century Fire and Security on 01530 262466

If you’d like to talk to us about this or any other aspect of your business security, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime, please  stay safe

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