Protecting your business premises during Covid-19
These uncertain times may be the toughest most of us will ever go through as business owners. We’ve all had to completely change the way we live and work. Whether that’s moving our livelihood online or closing down our business entirely.
Unfortunately, criminals have changed their behaviour too and that’s worrying news for business owners. Especially those whose premises are closed during lockdown.
With crimes like domestic burglary, pickpocketing and shoplifting all dramatically reduced due to lack of opportunity, reports in the national press suggest that criminals are turning their attention to empty commercial properties.
But, please don’t worry, there are some things you can do to ease your mind and make your business less appealing to criminals. While checking your premises regularly during lockdown is vital (if it’s safe of course) here are a few other simple steps you can do to help:
- Make sure all windows and doors are securely closed and make sure any items that could be used to gain access to upper floors (bins, for instance) are securely stored
- Try to move any items of value to areas where they can’t be seen by opportunists through windows
- Consider leaving your till on view but with the cash draw open and obviously empty
- If you have reduced staff on site or lone workers ensure they remain in contact and are safe
- Keep a list of who has keys to the property and make sure any spares are in a safe place
- Store any sensitive data regarding staff, customers or suppliers, off-site if possible
- Fire safety laws still apply and are still a legal requirement during these times. The National Fire Chiefs Council agree that whether businesses have remained open or have shut down, they should be aware of changes in risk and review their Fire Risk Assessments accordingly, to ensure they remain suitable and sufficient
- Avoid potential insurance and legal complications by reviewing all changes of occupancy & use of workplaces, e.g. if a warehouse is now packing and sending out food parcels, or if office space is being used as storage.
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