Workplace burglaries is an extremely sensitive subject and, sadly, one that many companies, large or small, have to deal with.

After a break-in, there are certain steps a business owner needs to take to ensure everything is handled properly and the business can run smoothly. Here’s what you need to do.

Inform the police

First and foremost, if there’s been a break-in at your workplace, you need to call the police. They will be able to investigate the premises, identify how the criminals broke in and check for any clues they may have left behind.

Contact your bank/accountants

If any large sums of money or financial documents have been taken, you need to inform those involved in the financial side of your business. This will help them to keep track of your assets, just in case the thieves have taken company credit cards or payroll information. The bank will be able to freeze your accounts, ensuring they don’t take any money out of your account(s).

Contact your insurance supplier

If you’ve been sensible and taken out a good office insurance policy, now’s the time to get in touch with your providers. Taking out office insurance will help to pay for any damages that may have been made to your premises as a result of the break-in; whether that’s a smashed window or a hole that’s been cut in the wall.

A contents insurance policy will also cover the price of individual items which may be stolen, such as computers, televisions and other valuables.

Inform your clients

If this break-in is likely to hinder the progress of your work, you need to ensure your clients know the reason for the delay. They should be very understanding of the reason why their products or service is delayed, but it’s still vital they are made aware, to avoid any unpleasantness later on.

Do an inventory

Make a list of everything that’s missing from the office and pass this on to the police. This will make it easier for them to search for what has been taken. If you own a warehouse or store, a full stocktake is a good idea, itemising everything that’s been stolen. This will also aid your financiers in calculating potential monetary losses.

Check CCTV

If you have any CCTV cameras, you should go through the footage to see when the burglary took place and if you can see who did it. Make a copy for your records and pass the CCTV footage on to the police for their investigation.

Fix the weak spots

Identify how the burglar gained entry to your premises and work to plug this leak in future. It could be something as simple as adding an extra lock onto the door, on the other hand, it could mean installing laser-sensitive security systems. Take this burglary as an opportunity to improve your security, to ensure that something like this never happens again at your workplace.

This should not be construed as advice and is for informational purposes, only.