Building security is something most people consider at some point in their lives, whether they’re looking at the property from a business perspective or just as the home they want to keep safe and secure. It’s an important aspect of everyday life, and yet it’s something which many people feel uncertain about.
Finding the best ways to keep your building safe can be challenging, but there are quite a lot of things you can do to try and improve your security. Many may not apply to the particular building which you are looking at, but should point you in the right direction for making your space secure, and may highlight vulnerable areas which need your attention, or give you ideas of things to try.
Most criminals are looking for easy, quiet access to a property. One of the most obvious weak points in any building are the entryways, which means you ought to pay attention to securing these areas. Breaking a window is an extreme strategy which may attract attention; a burglar is much more likely to look for existing entry points which they can get through.
Doors and windows should all be shut and locked every day, with a recommendation of deadbolts for exterior doors. It’s also advisable to ensure door hinges are on the inside of the building to prevent the door from being lifted off.
Even interior doors should be locked if possible (although in a residential property this might not be applicable), as this will make it much more difficult for a thief to make their way through the building if they do manage to get inside, and they are likely to give up rather than persist.
If there are multiple keys to your building, you should make sure they are all accounted for, and you know who has access to them at any given time. Changing the locks is not a convenient step, but it should be taken if you suspect keys have gone missing or been passed into the wrong hands. You should also ensure that any ladders are securely stored to avoid presenting an opportunist with a way onto the roof or high windows.
Keeping your property very visible, both the exterior and interior, is a great way to deter unwelcome visitors. Thieves need cover in order to pass unnoticed, so one of the best ways to keep your property safe is to ensure it’s in an open space, with minimal hiding places for intruders.
Anyone noticing unusual activity will then be able to alert either you or the authorities, which means criminals are less likely to try their luck in the first place. Even if they see an opportunity, the chance that they will be noticed and later identified as a suspect may be enough to put them off.
Installing video cameras rather than relying on passers-by is one of the best ways to boost your visibility, and if you put them in obvious places, their presence will act as a deterrent in itself. No criminal will want to be caught on camera, especially with modern technology increasing the abilities of facial recognition software. Having cameras on your entrances/windows/vulnerable areas will help to increase your security and may help to track down the intruder if you do have a break in.
Another action to consider is leaving a light on inside the building overnight. This will make it difficult for thieves to ascertain whether the building is empty or not, and at what time the occupants leave on a normal day. Having a light on will also make it more obvious from the street if somebody is inside after hours, as they will be more visible.
This tip certainly works for residential properties as well as businesses; leaving a light on makes it harder for criminals to tell when the occupants have gone to bed or if they’re away, whereas a dark house presents a much more tempting target.