Heading into tier 3 lockdown yet again is the new normal. While it’s difficult, working remotely during Covid can help keep you and your employees safe and free of the infection. However, this means it will be necessary to heighten the security of your business, too.
The last thing you want to worry about is if your business is vulnerable during the lockdown. So, you’ll need to take some extra steps for security. In this article, we’ll share some tips to help you get started on preparing for security during lockdowns.
1). Carry Out a Security Audit
The first thing you can do is carry out a security audit. This should be done to your entire premises. Not only should this include network security and vulnerabilities, you’ll also need to ensure windows and doors are locked, and more.
Be sure to consider all the entry points that a thief could use, even if these may not seem like logical. For instance, do all the locks work properly? Do they stick? Is it hard to lock them?
Does each door and window properly close and lock? Are they properly fitted?
2). Secure Valuables
Every business has valuables, so you’ll want to make sure these are safe when the business is closed. Before leaving, make sure these valuables are stored in the most secure part of your building. You can use a safe, a locked cupboard or drawer, and more. For equipment, such as laptops, that won’t fit into these this type of storage, then put them inside desk drawers. Just make sure they’re out of sight.
Another option is to store the valuables off premises during the lockdown. For smaller office equipment, it may be possible for employees to take these items home. Be sure to remind employees that these should be stored securely when not in use. In addition, you may want to consider putting an ID number on each valuable and create a list of the numbers and items in a spreadsheet to store off premises. Be sure to include who has these items and indicate where they’re stored. This way you’ll have an inventory of your office valuables and know where there are or who has them.
3). Check Alarms & CCTV Systems
Make sure that all alarms and every part of the security system is in good working order. This should be done well before the possibility of a lockdown.
CCTVs are a great deterrent and if they’re functional, they can store valuable information in the event of theft, vandalism, and more. Remember to also check the visibility of the cameras. You want to make sure nothing is obscuring their view such as overhanging tree branches or bushes. Make sure each camera has a clear view.
4). Key-holder Details
Do you have a security company? If so, then you have probably given them an emergency key and contact details. Be sure to verify that all details are current and correct. Nothing’s worse than not being able to contact the right people in the country to let them know what’s going on.
Another important check is whether or not the keyholder is a person who is in the group of people whom the government says are more vulnerable to Covid-19. If you have keyholders in this group who should be staying protected at all costs, then they will not be able to take care of security issues or respond to an emergency. You’ll need to find a replacement keyholder.
This is also an excellent time to check company and building insurance policies. Does your policy stipulate a length of time the property can be unoccupied? Does it require regular visits for you to stay in compliance?
If you’re not sure, then contact your insurance provider for more information. This is a part of security you can’t ignore.
7). Tighten Cybersecurity
This is also an excellent time to tighten your company’s cybersecurity, especially with so many employees working from home. It’s a good idea to remind everything about staying safe online. Don’t write down passwords, don’t share or write down passwords, and more. And employees will need to be reminded to use only safe and secure networks.
It’s also an excellent idea, if possible, to have employees work on company devices. This can improve security and the risk of employees using websites that are not secure.
If employees must use their own devices and equipment, then remind them about the essentials of staying safe online.
8). Used Timed Lights
This is an excellent way to make it look as if someone’s in the building. Thieves won’t know for sure, and may be deterred by the lights. You can easily fit timers to lights, use lights that are controlled remotely via an app, over the Internet, and more.
9). Create a Business Relationship with an Emergency Locksmith
This may sound like a strange tip, but it’s a valuable tip that can save you in an emergency. It can happen that keys become lost. If that happens, you’ll need to get in touch with an emergency locksmith.
What’s best is to find a reputable emergency locksmith before you have an emergency situation. They can be there pretty fast if something goes wrong and you need to get into your business in a hurry.
10). Check Contact Details
Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that all the company’s contact details are up to date with your security service provide. What would happen, for instance, if there was an intruder break-in at your company, and your security company didn’t have the current contacts?
So, it’s a good idea to update the list and remove anyone who is no longer on the list or with the company. Then make sure you have the correct contact details for people who are on the list.
These may seem like small, unimportant details. But when you add them all together, these tips can help improve your company’s overall security during a tier-3 lockdown.