It’s an unfortunate fact that there are many risks to the average commercial premises; from petty mischief and criminal activity to accidents and natural disasters. Whilst every business owner naturally hopes that these things won’t happen to their premises, it is wise to be aware of the potential risks and take the right precautions against them.
Because a commercial or industrial property will often have expensive equipment and even cash on the premises, they are a frequent target for criminals. There are plenty of ways that you can reduce your risk of burglary; making sure that the property is well-lit, covered by CCTV cameras and hiring security guards can all help. Ensuring that your most valuable items are not in view while you’re closed is also effective – this reduces the temptation factor. However, one of the most effective ways of preventing burglary is, quite simply, making sure that the burglars can’t get in by using items such as burglar bars to stop entry.
From children setting fires for mischief to criminals set on destruction, arson is a very difficult crime to predict or prevent. Keeping unwanted visitors away from your premises with perimeter security measures can help and, as with burglary, ensuring that your premises are well-lit and covered by CCTV can help to reduce the threat. To ensure that damage is kept to a minimum should arson occur, you should also ensure that you have a good fire detection and alarm system in place. Fire-resistant shutters can also help to stop the fire spreading throughout the entire premises.
Vandalism again covers a wide range of crimes, from graffiti to criminal damage of the property. Broken windows are a frequent issue, which it is thought can lead to further damage if not promptly repaired – the theory being that if a property is left with broken windows nobody cares enough, so it is more acceptable to damage it further. As with burglary and arson, making sure that the property is well-lit and monitored can reduce your risks of vandalism, as the vandals will tend to choose properties where they are less likely to be seen. However, as windows can be broken by thrown objects from a distance, adding protective roller shutters can also be an excellent preventative measure.
Here at Abacus Shutters, we provide a wide range of products that can help to reduce the risks of burglary, arson and vandalism to your property – from burglar bars and fire curtains to roller shutters in London. For more information, or to speak to our team about your requirements, contact us on 0845 644 1225.