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Last edited 16 Nov 2020
Keeping premises safe during extreme times
During these times of risk and uncertainty, many businesses have been forced to close and move to a remote working, due to a concern for the health and wellbeing of staff and customers. This, however, can cause problems for business owners and stakeholders who may worry about the security risks of having an unoccupied premises.
 Key considerations
- Checking perimeter security.
- Ensuring all alarms are active and functional.
- Checking locks on doors and windows.
It is important to remember that the level of security required will depend not only on the current measures being taken, but also the business itself including the industry, the size of the business and whether there are valuable items that remain in the premises whilst it is inaccessible. It is also beneficial to ensure that any electrical items are unplugged and that all waste is disposed of correctly. This helps reduce the risk and spread of fire.
The most obvious form of security is the traditional alarm system. Whilst many businesses will have these in place already, they can be invaluable when it comes to protecting against threats. They can also act as a visual deterrent to would be criminals, which is often sufficient for smaller businesses.
CCTV provides the additional benefit of being monitored remotely. This allows business owners to ensure that their premises are safe by making regular checks throughout the day which can help provide peace of mind.
Whilst these measures can be effective and are often enough to deter unauthorised visitors, some businesses, especially those who own larger amounts of land, can benefit from access control security. Security elements such as security gates and fences act a physical barrier and provide the strongest visual deterrent to a criminal.
 Returning to work
Some security options can help to reduce the risk for employees by reducing the need to manually operate or touch any access control measures in place. This also can continue to control the spread of germs, bacteria and of course, Coronavirus. Obviously anyone returning to work with the illness or even symptoms should stay at home but there can never be enough ‘just in case’ measures.
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