SAFEGUARD your BUSINESS – in 15 Quick Steps
1) Meet with your Staff
They are your brains, your soldiers, and could be you’re hero one day. They may have knowledge and ideas that you don’t think about. In addition, it make them feel invested and responsible. That’s the type of staff you want.
2) Golden rule applies to staff first
As suggested in #1, your staff is all you have between you and failure. Bend over backwards to keep them happy, show/develop personal interest in them and their families. If they are down, personally pick them up.
3) Schmooze the local Law Enforcement
Bring them some cookies (no donuts) or a sandwhich platter with a card thanking them for the hard work. Let them know who you are. Find out who to call in a pinch. Invite them to park in your parking lot to do reports, to use your bathroom if needed, whatever they want so they come around more. Police presence keeps the crook away.
4) Get a security assessment
Obviously using someone who knows the game is the best way to win. When our firm did a security assessment for a million dollar corporation that had been victimized repeatedly, they were shocked at all the glaring weaknesses. As such they invested in some recommended security measures and since there have been no issues.
5) Quality first
No matter if it’s the door handles, the gates, the computers or the cameras. Anything security-wise should be as top of the line as possible. Obvious why.
6) Lock it up
Keys, Radios, passcodes, extra swipe cards, expensive equipment, purses, etc. If it has value or creates the possibility of building / network access you need to make sure it is secure. We tested one facility and were able to take over $30,000 worth of stuff, not including two vehicles. Yes they got it back because it was a test, but, what if.
7) Make visitors give Proof
Require ID of anyone you don’t know well. Require vendors to advise you when your regulars are sick or no longer work for them. Require employees to have swipe cards for secure areas and any rear entrances.
8) Minimally – 1 camera per entrance/exit
Obviously the more cameras you have the better. However, if the budget is tight, keep cameras at the entrance points to get people’s face as they enter the building. Try and have a camera in a spot to catch vehicles as well.
9) Shred it all
Disks, thumb drives, paper, whatever.
10) Consider a silent alarm / panic button
You never know when you might need it.
11) Work habits can’t fit a pattern
Don’t have people do things at regular times when at work. Vary cash drops. Vary lunch times. Don’t have times when a large majority is commonly out of the office. It makes it too easy for criminals to plot something.
12) Practice WEB security
Have a good I.T. person on staff or in to the office a couple times a week. Make sure employees change passwords occasionally. Make sure employees aren’t downloading apps or programs when they have no rights.
13) Don’t accept wasteful / neglectful activity
Ensure your staff follows the rules of security you have laid out. No propping doors, No holding doors open for people to come in who don’t present an ID, No failing to shred items, etc. They have to do their part and know there are consequences for failure.
14) Report suspicious activity
Have employees report to a “Security Coordinator” that you appoint/hire and trust. That person can assess it’s importance and report it to the Police or note it. Police don’t mind making reports on simple things and sometimes what you think is small, could be the break in another case or yours.
15) Prosecute criminal activity
If your employees know and criminals know that you won’t prosecute, they are obviously more likely to try something. It’s human nature.
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