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Building up your own business can be hard work so the possibility that you could be burgled is an intensely frustrating consideration. If you are unfortunate enough to have your Newcastle Business broken into then we can be there any time of day or night to help you secure your premises. There are a few good tips for helping you prevent this from happening so here are some measures you can put in place to minimise the chances that you could be targeted, and they’re surprisingly inexpensive too.

Here are a few suggestions at how you could make sure your business is safe and secure:

Lighting

If you are in a relatively well populated area, any burglar will be trying to get in and out of your property without drawing attention to their actions. Therefore having motion-activated lighting around your business could be a huge deterrent. Any burglar who finds themselves suddenly bathed in bright light will make a very sharp exit if there’s the chance that they could be seen by passers-by. Beware however; if your business is located in an isolated or rural location, adding a bright light could help a potential burglar rather than deter them. Assessing your individual circumstances is vital but in the right location a bright light could be a simple solution to minimising your risk.

Strengthening your entry points

Although you may have been deliberately targeted, a number of burglars are opportunistic and if they see a broken or unsecured window, will seize the chance. Others are more organised and will attack premises that appear to have little or scant security, and weak exterior doors. Avoid glass panels on your doors; these are an easy place for a burglar to secure access to your property. Install high quality door frames and doors, using steel reinforcing and where possible anti-thrust bolts.

The locks on the doors should be of a sufficient standard too, conforming to BS3621, the equivalent of a five lever mortice lock.

Make sure all your windows are secured at night, locked and the keys removed. Laminated glass is a great security measure as even if the glass is broken, the tough central layer of plastic will prevent access to your premises.

Thieves will be looking for any sign of compromised security so broken handles, or un-repaired damage to windows can act as an open invitation.

Prevention,

You may be unconvinced about the effectiveness of an alarm system but research has repeatedly shown that the majority of burglars will be deterred from attacking a business where an alarm is visible.

There are varying degrees of intruder alarms that you can purchase, from a simple alert and alarm to a fully-manned service. The most important thing is to make sure that the alarm box is fully visible from the outside as its mere presence could be sufficient to make a would-be thief think twice.

Video surveillance can be even more of a deterrent to burglars so having warning signs about the presence of CCTV cameras, and a visible recording device, can be an excellent way to stop a burglary before it starts.,

Be smart

You shouldn’t have to protect your premises from invaders but if you’re smart about the preventative measures you take, you could find your risk greatly reduced.

If you have a warehouse or a stockroom, make sure the windows are either painted over or a reflective coating installed to prevent outsiders from seeing what you have. Not carrying too much stock can also be a good way to protect yourself against major losses; your suppliers might be able to organise a “just in time” service, or a home delivery plan.

If your business has a shop window, don’t leave valuable items displayed overnight. Putting them away each evening may involve extra work but it will reduce the chances of a smash and grab raid.,

By following the above measures you won’t be guaranteed total protection from thieves, as no-one can be certain about where and when they strike but you’ll have become a far less attractive target. By making it difficult for them to get in, and removing any obvious entry points, you could just find that they move on to an easier alternative, leaving your business intact. If you need a locksmith then give us a call for the best locksmith service and prices in and around Newcastle.

Please contact us if you require commercial locksmtih services in Newcastle and the North East area.

What Is Locksnapping?

You may well have heard of “cylinder snapping” or “lock snapping”. It’s a method used by burglars to break into property that is secured using a euro cylinder (e.g. almost all properties that have UPVC doors, although a significant number of composite and aluminium doors use them too, and they’re often used in commercial as well as domestic environments).

The method of lock snapping involves breaking the cylinder to then manipulate the lock to open. Whilst you may think that all the multi locking points on your door make it secure, it’s important to realise they are all operated by the cylinder – this is the weakest point and if compromised all the locking points are rendered useless.