Keep your business and staff safe this festive season

With the festive season approaching and retail purchasing sure to increase in the coming months, ADT warns business owners to be extra vigilant.

“It is a common modus operandi of criminals to enter a business as ‘customers’ and then hold staff at gunpoint. This is why it is very important that businesses, as far as possible, ensure that there is some form of controlled access. A locked security gate can provide you with a vital few minutes to evaluate a situation before the suspects are actually in the premises. If you feel something is not right, don’t open the gate!” says Clive Humphrey, Managing Director of ADT Central Region.

Humphrey adds that business owners must regularly brief their staff on security and ensure that everyone is making a conscious effort to keep their workplace safe. Staff should carry panic buttons at all times and not hesitate to use them if they see something or someone suspicious.

“Ideally two people should be tasked with locking up the business and ensuring the premises is secure at the end of the day. It is also not advisable to withdraw large amounts of cash from the bank or keep large amounts of cash on the premises. Ensure you have a regular collection of your cash.

He also points out that now is the opportune moment to check your perimeter security and have any vulnerable areas reinforced. “Start with your fence, wall and gate. Check that there are no overhanging trees or bushes that could be used to climb into the property. Make sure your gate is secured so it can’t be lifted off the hinges or put into manual overdrive easily. We’d also highly recommend investing in beams that cover the outer perimeter. Beams provide an instant alert should intruders get through the perimeter security,” he says.

ADT also recommends testing your alarm system is in working order before the festive season hits. If you suspect there is a fault, arrange for a technician to visit the site.

“Criminals will no doubt be doing their ‘shopping’ in the coming weeks. However, if all staff are vigilant and alert to potential risks, you can avoid becoming a statistic. Remember that criminals will take any gap to get onto your property. If you feel you could do with an expert opinion to assist in a security system check, have a professional risk assessment done by your security provider,” concludes Humphrey.

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