How to Secure your Office on a Budget

It’s true what they say – you can’t put a price on safety. Unfortunately, sometimes you need to do just that because organizing office security can be an expensive thing, especially for a new and small business.

With these few tricks you could make your office and overall business practices more secure even if don’t have a lot of money to spare. The most important thing you could do is to put systems in place that prevent security breaches from occurring in the first place.

Employee ID’s

The one way to make sure no one you can’t trust will get into your building is to issue IDs for everyone that does. It doesn’t have to be a complicated gadget, all you need is a recent picture and someone to check the IDs at the door.

It’s also a good idea to have some sort of ID for visitors coming to your company. These don’t need to have a photo or any other mode of identification, they’re just there to make clear that the person wearing it doesn’t work there and can’t go into restricted areas.

 Parking lot

Most break-ins and other security breaches are a product of careful planning. That means that your office will probably be staked out and your business practices observed for a while before someone actually makes a move. A parking lot is the easiest place to do it from because it’s unguarded and you expect people to spend at least some idle time there.

The best way to get around this is to set up cameras to cover the parking lot and to hire at least one person to help with parking and identifying the drivers. It’s an additional expense, but with good camera placing, you could cut corners.

Sensitive materials

Even small business in which everyone can be trusted have some sensitive materials that you need to take care of. It’s important to make sure that personal offices be locked when no one is using them and that everyone knows some parts of the office are restricted.

A professional locksmith from Parramatta could install the necessary locks in a matter of hours. Depending on the size of the office and your overall need you might want to get something more sophisticated with an electronic locking system especially if you keep money inside the office.

Personal devices

The easiest way to get inside your security system or to gather important company data is via employees’ personal devices. They are less sophisticated than corporate ones and therefore much easier to break into. There are a few ways to deal with this depending on what kind of resources you have at your disposal.

One way to go is to prohibit your employees from using personal devices on the job and for job-related tasks. If you can’t do this, it’s your responsibility to upgrade the security on the employees’ phones and tablets.

Emergency plan

It’s important to plan for something to go wrong. That’s the only way to react right away when you notice something is stolen or missing. Start by figuring out a few contingency plans and set up a response that is supposed to deal with the problem in the most effective way.

When you have this figured out – organize training for your employees so everyone knows what to do in case of emergency. The drawback for this is that, if too many people know about your plan, it could be a way to break into your system.

Securing an office doesn’t have to be expensive, you just need to know what your biggest problems are and to try to prevent them. It’s also important to factor in the employees and the human error that could be involved.

About the author

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a business coach. She is interested in topics related to marketing and advertising.


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