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Securing closed-up premises: a three-step guide

Securing closed-up premises: a three-step guide

23rd April 2019

If you own a larger business, you are likely to have multiple sites or premises. Furthermore, there may be times when some of these premises are closed or out of use. You might assume that closed-up premises are safe from criminals and intruders because they aren’t used to store valuables. However, this isn’t the case. Vandals, squatters and other opportunists may try to gain access to sites while they aren’t in use. Therefore, it’s very important to make sure that these sites and premises are properly secured. At the same time, you should try to avoid spending too much money securing your out-of-use sites. In today’s blog, we’ll look at some simple methods you can use to keep your closed-up sites safe without breaking the bank.

1. Utilise fences with barbed wire or spiked fence-toppings

Regardless of the type of business you run, all your sites and premises should be equipped with security fencing. However, you may have chosen not to install fence-toppings because you have a consumer-facing business. Closed-up sites don’t need to seem inviting to customers. As a result, you can install sharp, imposing fence-toppings at these sites. They will act as a cost-effective deterrent while the site is out of use, but can be easily removed when you reopen it.

2. Hire a single security guard

You might employ full security teams to help keep your active sites and premises safe. However, employing multiple people to secure a closed-up site would obviously be excessive. Nonetheless, it is worth hiring a single security guard or watchman to patrol the premises. Would-be intruders are far less likely to try and gain access to a site if you position a member of your security personnel there.

3. Use CCTV to monitor main entrance-points

Monitoring an entire closed-up site with CCTV cameras may not be cost-effective. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use any CCTV equipment. We recommend positioning a handful of cameras so that they can view entrances and exits. This isn’t as costly as providing CCTV coverage for the entire site, but it should stop most intruders. Remember, there are between 4 million and 6 million CCTV cameras in the UK: if your premises isn’t protected by at least one camera, it’s likely to stand out to prospective criminals.

Here at Zaun, we are proud to provide a wide range of security measures, including security fencing and fence toppings, alongside CCTV and other monitoring systems. By following the advice we’ve given in today’s blog entry and investing in high-quality security products, you can protect your sites and premises, whether they’re in use or not.