When setting up a business, there’s no better feeling than kitting your office out with the latest and greatest technology, ready for your employees to use on their first day, and forever after. Although you hope theft will never happen to you, there’s always a possibility it could, and if it does, you need to be prepared. Remember, if you haven’t taken out property insurance, your company will suffer until you find the money to replace everything that is missing from your office.
So, we’ve provided some useful tips that will help you prepare for the worst and protect your assets. However, our most important piece of advice for you is: purchase property insurance, immediately. After all, the assets you’ve invested in to start your business can be easily replaced if they are lost, damaged or stolen.
Make your theft policy clear to employees from their first day
Obviously, you don’t expect anyone you employ to cause any damage to your workplace but, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious. From day one, state how serious the consequences are if your business property is tampered with. Ensure you do this subtly, perhaps by including information on theft in the workplace in the employee handbook. After all, you don’t want to look like you are predicting someone’s behaviour before you even know them.
If you share a building, keep your door closed
You wouldn’t leave the front door of your house open, so don’t give unwanted guests an invite into your office, either. If you share a building with other companies, make it your mission to keep security high. Why not invest in key fob technology for your employees? This way, your staff can get in and out of the office safely and securely. Plus, if anything bad were to happen, no one internally would be held accountable for leaving the door ajar.
There may be external security cameras outside your office building, but that’s not to say you don’t need to monitor the inside of your building, too. Perhaps you begin to notice office equipment disappearing, or one morning you discover an employee’s laptop is damaged; CCTV can confirm whether these worries are in your head, or if it’s an issue that needs to be raised with the police or amongst employees.
Shut out the world
It can get pretty stuffy in an office, so whether it’s you or your employees that have opened a window to cool down, make it your mission to shut it before the day ends. Although it seems simple to remember to shut the windows, forgetting to do so is easily done and provides thieves with the ultimate opportunity to pounce when you’re not around.
This should not be constructed as advice and is guidance only.