Investing in a new security solution can help to protect your business from intruders and other potential threats. However, when it comes to guaranteeing your business’s safety, simply buying a new solution should only be your first step. It’s important to understand how to make the most of your new security fencing and apparatus. Utilising security equipment properly is crucial if you want it to protect your site or premises fully. That’s why we’ve come up with some tips that will help you get the most from standard pieces of security equipment, such as fences and CCTV cameras after you’ve installed them.
1. Re-watch CCTV footage regularly
Many businesses and organisations only look at their CCTV footage after a break-in has occurred. However, CCTV footage is actually a handy tool for spotting potential threats before they develop into something more sinister. For example, if you review your CCTV footage at the end of each day, you might spot someone who looks suspicious while they’re ‘casing’ your site, thereby enabling you to take precautions before they attempt a break-in. You or a member of your security personnel should review recent CCTV footage at least once a week. If possible, review it once per day.
2. Ensure the integrity of your security fencing
Most would-be criminals are deterred by the presence of security fencing. However, some may be smart enough to take advantage of structural weaknesses and damage to enter your site or premises. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, security fencing that is structurally compromised is less effective than sound, sturdy security fencing. Therefore, you should check your security fencing for damage regularly and repair it as necessary.
3. Don’t wait to activate alarms
Most businesses only activate their alarm systems overnight. However, not all criminals will wait until nightfall to try and access your site. Therefore, whenever a restricted area is left unattended by authorised staff members, the alarm system for that area should be activated. This will prevent anyone from sneaking in unexpectedly.