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Crime Prevention Strategies for SMEs: Tips and Best Practices

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 20, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Crime Prevention SME (1)Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to crime, both in terms of financial losses and damage to their reputation. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate the risk of crime, there are steps small business owners can take to reduce the likelihood of criminal activity that targets them. 

Today, we’ll look at crime prevention strategies for small businesses, including tips and best practices that can help mitigate the risk of crime.

1. Install Security Systems

Investing in security systems is one of the most effective ways to deter criminals. This can include:

  • Verified audio/video surveillance: Verified audio/video security systems are designed to not only detect potential threats, but also verify them as genuine. This means that in the event of an intrusion or break-in, a security operator will confirm the threat and quickly alert the appropriate authorities, such as the police or fire, while providing real-time updates on route to increase apprehension and reduce loss. 

  • Access control systems: Access control is a security mechanism used to regulate who can access certain resources or areas within a facility or system by specifying which users are authorized to access those assets and under what conditions.

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2. Improve Lighting

A well-lit area is less likely to be targeted by criminals. That’s why you want to ensure that the exterior and interior of the business are well-lit at all times. Installing motion-activated lights can also help deter potential criminals.

3. Train Employees

It’s essential to train employees on how to identify and report suspicious activity. This can include recognizing suspicious behaviour, identifying fake bills, and responding to potential threats. Providing regular training can also help employees feel more confident in their ability to protect the business and its assets.

4. Background Checks

Conducting background checks on potential employees can help identify individuals with a criminal history. While this may not guarantee that a criminal will not be hired, it can significantly reduce the risk of employing someone with a history of theft or other criminal activities.

5. Secure Physical Assets

Physical assets such as cash, inventory, and equipment are particularly vulnerable to theft. That’s why it’s important to store them in secure areas, such as safes, lockers or rooms with managed access control. When it comes to inventory, regular counts can help identify any missing items before they become a larger problem and deter internal theft. 

6. Develop an Emergency Plan

Having an emergency plan in place can help ensure that employees know what to do in the event of a break-in or other emergency situation. This can include identifying emergency exits, what to do in the case of a crime, contacting authorities, and ensuring the safety of themselves, customers and other employees.

7. Monitor Online Activities

Cybercrime is an increasingly common threat to small businesses, which is why you need to have systems in place to monitor online activities and identify potential phishing scams and other forms of cybercrime. Using secure passwords and regularly updating software is also an effective way to help prevent cyberattacks.

8. Build Relationships With Law Enforcement

Building a positive relationship with local law enforcement can be incredibly helpful in preventing and responding to crime as police officers can provide valuable advice and information on crime prevention strategies in your area. In addition, regularly informing law enforcement of any suspicious activity around the business or in the area can help to increase surveillance and deter criminal activity.

9. Implement a Visitor Management System

A visitor management system can help to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing the business. This can include requiring visitors to sign in and out, presenting identification, and obtaining approval from a designated employee before being allowed to enter the business premises.

Crime prevention strategies are essential for small businesses. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate the risk of crime, taking these steps can help mitigate the risk and provide peace of mind for small business owners.

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Topics: Commercial Security

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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