Tips to help keep your business secure over the holidays

Hooray it’s nearly time for the holidays! Take a few minutes to review your security procedures and equipment to help ensure your premises are safe and secure over the holiday season.

Tips to help secure your building if you are closed for the holidays

Closed for the holidays

  • If you have a CCTV system installed make sure all cameras are recording, and if set up, your remote access is working. Remote access is such a useful tool over the holidays as it allows you to check your premises remotely from wherever you are – especially important if you are notified of a possible security event.
  • If you have a security alarm system installed, check all sensors are working and there are no old error messages needing attention. It can also be a good time to review access permissions and ensure there are no lost or redundant access codes or fobs that need deleting.
  • If your alarm is monitored advise the monitoring company of your holiday hours and requirements for disarm or activation during the break (also check the contact list is up to date).
  • If you have a regular courier service advise them when you will shut and request any deliveries are held over the break.
  • If staff need access to the building during the holidays make sure they are aware of any particular security processes in place. Also ensure they follow safe practice if alone in the building including keeping access points locked behind them.
  • Make sure your outside security lights are working correctly.
  • Test door locks and ensure all access points are secured.
  • Even a carefully closed up building with visible security can be targeted by smash and grab thieves over the holidays so make sure there is nothing of interest visible from outside the building. Secure away all valuables such as laptops, tablets, phones etc.
  • Ensure all money is banked and petty cash is securely stored and ideally removed from the building.
  • Close blinds all windows, close and lock internal doors.
  • Ensure any work vehicles are securely stored and arm the vehicles if they have alarms. Ensure keys are securely stored separately, ideally not in the building.
  • Bring in street signs, rubbish bins or any other item that could get vandalised or stolen.
  • Back-up all computer files and confirm any requirements with your service provider if required.
  • Check all firewalls, networks or other systems for suspicious or unusual activity.
  • Turn off all electrical appliances.

Tips to help improve security over the holiday period if you are open for business

Open for business over the holidays

  • If you have a CCTV system installed make sure all cameras are recording, and if set up, your remote access is working. Remote access is such a useful tool as it allows you to check your premises remotely from wherever you are – especially important if you are notified of a possible security event or your staff need you to view an incident.
  • If you have a security alarm system installed, check all sensors are working and there are no old error messages needing attention. It can also be a good time to review access permissions and ensure there are no lost or redundant access codes or fobs that need deleting.
  • If your alarm is monitored advise the monitoring company any changes in hours during the summer (also check the contact list is up to date)
  • Make sure your outside security lights are working correctly.
  • Test door locks and ensure all access points are in good working order. Keep doors or access points locked when not in use.
  • Ensure the building and surrounds are tidy and well kept so that there are easy places to hide and there is nothing obstructing the view into the building.
  • Ensure staff are well briefed on security processes during the holiday period. If it is your busiest time review cash handling policies, procedures and expectations and ensure staff make security a priority, even if they are busy. It can also be a good time to review policies on friends and family discounts with employees. If you have skeleton staff working make sure they are extra vigilant and increased security measures are followed (such as keeping most or all doors locked). Ensure staff do not open or close alone.
  • For restaurants, retailers and other entertainment businesses gift cards and cash can be used a lot more frequently for purchases at this time of year. Review cash handling policies, procedures and expectations with staff and managers and if required increase cash handling processes (such as removing extra cash from registers to the safe during the day, banking daily, and ensuring cash or deposits are handled securely).
  • Do thorough security and background checks on any contract staff who will be filling in over the holiday.
  • Ensure staff are extra vigilant about keeping any valuables out of public sight.
  • Check the access points carefully before locking up at night. Also check there is no one left inside (or hiding) before closing. Again, ensure staff do not open or close alone.

The team at Trinity CCTV Solutions wishes everyone all the best for a safe and merry Christmas break.

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