Break ins, whether they happen at home or work, can cause huge emotional distress. It’s not the monetary value that is most troubling, but the violation that comes with an intruder invading your space and stealing from you.
As a business, theft can have a devastating impact on your ability to trade. With businesses already hit hard in recent times, a break in is the last thing you need. Though sadly, the thieves are still operating even when most of us are at a standstill.
Here are our top tips on what to do when your office is broken into to guide you through this difficult time, and help you prevent the situation from happening in the first place.
Contact The Necessary People
The police, your insurers and of course your employees are going to need to know what’s happened. Contact your neighbours, as they may be able to give witnesses statements that can help identify who is responsible. Or, information about when the break in may have occurred. It’s also good to warn them if they are unaware of the theft, as their property may be vulnerable too.
Identify And Secure The Entryway
Thieves have gotten in somehow. Usually, their route of entry will be plainly obvious such as a broken window or a forced door. Take the time to have a look around once the police have been called and any evidence has been gathered.
Wherever they got in will need to be secured to a much greater level than it was previously. This could include installing additional locks, security shutters etc. While you’re there, double check there are no other vulnerabilities including unsecured stairs leading up the building. Remember, wheelie bins can act as makeshift ladders too, so keep these secured where possible.
Install Or Upgrade Your CCTV
Not all CCTV systems are created equal. Having some form of CCTV is better than none, especially if you want to be able to provide vital evidence in exactly this kind of scenario. However, most CCTV cameras simply record what’s happening, instead of stopping criminals in their tracks.
Switching to a CCTV camera with remote monitoring and motion sensor detector makes much more sense. That’s because such a system will alert you as movement is detected, and the remote monitoring means a control room is always watching. The control room can even communicate with the perpetrator and instruct them to leave, as well as calling the police on your behalf.
Make Your Building A Deterrent To Thieves
Have a walk around the outside of your building, and ask yourself how easy it would be to break in if you had to. Sensible measures to take in response include installing anti-vandal paint, external lighting, security fencing and of course a working burglar alarm.
Also be sure not to display items of high value in the windows, especially overnight. This is easier said than done for some industries (such as car showrooms for example). So only do so when you have superior security measures in place. However, for offices, you should aim to keep everything nicely hidden away from prying eyes.
To Sum Up
Having your office broken into isn’t a pleasant experience, but help is at hand whether it’s happened to you, or if you’re concerned your building could be a target for criminals. In any case, don’t delay in taking the above steps, including having regular reviews of your security. Not to mention, installing a CCTV system!
Are you looking to install CCTV in your business or home? Get in touch on IRE 01 691 7100 | UK 028 8676 1183 and our friendly team will be more than happy to help.