3 Tips to Protect Your Business from Crime

The potential for crime is always a concern for businesses with physical locations. Here are three tips to help you protect your business from crime.

  1. Keep your mailbox empty. An overly full box is a sign to criminals that you’re away from your business location or at least don’t go there frequently. They may take that opportunity to strike. When you’re on vacation, arrange for a trusted coworker or friend to pick up the mail every few days. If that’s not possible, ask the post office to hold your mail and pick it up when you return. That way, it appears that someone is checking the mail and that there is business activity.
  2. Install security cameras. If a criminal sees that you have surveillance video cameras surrounding your location, he or she will be less likely to target your business. Don’t just put them up inside, make sure you have cameras outside recording your entrances and exits, too. If there is a break-in, you’ll have video evidence that could help ID the criminal. Don’t just install them, actually devote time to look at some of the feeds. This is especially important if crime has increased in your area or if your workers have alerted to suspicious activity. Staying on time of security is key.
  3. Reduce hiding places outside. If your business is surrounded by bushes, make sure you keep them trimmed pretty low to the ground. Also, install exterior lights with motion sensors to capture movement outside your location. Reducing places for criminals to hide can make your business less of a target.

Check out this video from Omega Corp for even more tips on how to keep your business secure.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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  1. I agree that you should keep your mailbox empty. I think in addition to helping criminals realize you’re not away from the office, it also decreases the chance that identity thieves will steal your mail. I think having a PO box may not be a bad idea, either.
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  2. Having bright external lights attached to motion sensors would be good to help scare off ne’er do wells. My grandmother had some for her house to scare away deer and it worked pretty well. The person who triggers the lights are going to be trying to hide and be sneaky, and light is a good way to combat them using the darkness as cover.

  3. Great advice! Having cameras in a place where they can see and be seen is essential. It can really save your business and even prevent break ins. It is good piece of mind to have. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Hi Dequiana.. I am a business owner and have a large work place. Security camera really helped me lot to take care of employees as well as worker. It’s also beneficial to keep eyes on outsider.

    The other points which you shared above are good to take care.

  5. A crime in business is not good for business improvement. However, I’m delighted to learn some effective ways to protect business from crime. Can you give me ideas regarding business productivity improvement?

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