Vandalism can happen to any business at any time. Many vandals are simply opportunistic and so it’s often impossible to predict when they will target a specific premises, such as a warehouse or an office.
If you don’t implement preventions to help reduce the chances of vandalism, it can often be expensive if it happens. Here are some of the ways you can protect your company and your staff before vandalism occurs.
Assess and update your current security protection
Every business is different of course, but there are always areas where you can improve or tighten up your security against potential vandals. And sometimes simple measures can prove to be highly effective.
For instance, installing electronic shutters will hide valuable items such as computers and specialist equipment from sight, as well as being another line of defence to protect your windows. And for warehouses, ensure that any entrance points such as doors are made from strong materials such as metal.
Take some time walking around your premises and make note of any potential weak spots. By understanding how at risk your business is, you can start putting in the right defences.
Install CCTV and other deterrents
CCTV cameras have become a vital tool in keeping businesses safe. Sometimes, even the sight of a security camera is enough to deter vandals and with the latest cameras having features such as high definition (HD) surveillance, night-vision and motion detection, it’s easy to gather evidence should the worst happen.
Bright warning signs making it clear that the premises is monitored by CCTV are also effective at putting off vandals, as this demonstrates that your business is well-protected and not an easy target.
As well as CCTV, installing fences or barriers around the perimeter of your warehouse or office block also act as an additional deterrent, and many modern designs use anti-climb paint as further protection.
Work with your neighbours and authorities
Sharing information about vandals with other business owners in the local area enables you to build a secure ‘community’ in essence – you can all prepare accordingly and protect your respective businesses.
Collaborating with your neighbours can be in the form of a shared CCTV system or sharing knowledge of previous incidents of vandalism and how these were handled. You might also be able to notice a pattern where vandalism is occurring more frequently.
It’s also a good idea to discuss your security with your local council or police service, who may be able to provide further suggestions on how to record and protect against vandalism. Many communities also have neighbourhood and business watch groups, which you can join or start yourself.
Plan ahead for events
Typically, vandalism is more common around major public events such as sports fixtures and demonstrations, This year’s football World Cup is a perfect example of this.
If you’re made aware of an event taking place close to your building, installing additional temporary barriers or more permanent solutions such as shatterproof glass can keep your business safe during and after the event. And of course, CCTV can play a key role here as well.
Holiday periods such as Christmas can also be times where businesses are more at risk, so it’s important to consider additional measures such as extra security patrols to look after your premises while you’re away.
Protect your business with trained personnel from Foremost Security
If you’re concerned that your business is at risk of vandalism, our trained guards can provide the peace of mind you need by patrolling your building, deterring any opportunistic criminals in the area, and making you aware of any possible threats to your company.
We can also install high-visibility warning boards for free to further warn off criminals, and our guards patrol all throughout the year including the Christmas period, to ensure your business is always safe.