Don’t Have Security For Your Workplace? You’d Better Read This…
Having the right kind of security system for your business is a key part of protecting your staff and assets. There are numerous security measures that you can invest in to protect your company, and yet there are still so many businesses who aren’t sufficiently protected, or who don’t know what they need to invest in. We’d like to take a look at the potential risks for when an appropriate security system is absent and examine measures that you can implement to ensure that you’re protected.
Problem one – Employee theft
A huge problem within Australian businesses is the prevalence of employee theft. Australian Federal Police statistics show that 70 percent of business fraud losses come from staff and former staff. This has cost Australian businesses over $1.5 billion in annual revenue. Additionally, the Australian Retailers Association estimates that 55 per cent of stock shrinkage is directly related to employee theft. Employee theft is something that you really need to be aware of. One of the biggest deterrents for this is the installation of a working and comprehensive security system. It works to prevent staff from considering theft and makes them increasingly accountable for their actions. Although you want to expect the best from your staff you need to prepare for the worst, and a surveillance system is a great way to both protect your business and to make people accountable for their actions.
Problem two – Break & Enter
Another huge concern for any business owner is the problem of theft from an external source. Any business owner who has experienced this for themselves will understand how problematic it is to deal with the aftermath of theft. Not only will you potentially be missing stock and valuables, but you’ll also have to deal with police and insurance companies, and staff may feel unsettled or unsafe in the workplace. There are many ways to protect your property, and getting security patrols for your property, installing a 24-hour-monitored security alarm and increasing your security guard presence is a huge deterrent to potential thieves.
Problem three – Patron violence
When you operate a business where you have people coming and going from your venue (say for example, a bar or restaurant) you need to be sure that your staff are safe from unwelcome patron behaviours. A good way to ensure that your staff are safe is to consider the option of a mobile patrol service in conjunction with on-site guards. This presence will work to deter would-be attackers. Plus, if you use a physical presence in combination with monitored security surveillance you can work to ensure that if there is any foul play, you have the whole event captured on camera and guards at the ready.
Problem four – Staff feel unsafe
It’s vital that you have a culture of safety in your workplace and that you are working to make sure that your staff feel well looked after. A great way to ensure that your staff are always feeling secure is if you have appropriate security and surveillance in and around your property. If possible, a great addition to your security system is surveillance in and on the way to car parks, including guards and security patrols, especially if you have staff arriving or leaving very early or very late throughout the day or night. You could also have security checkpoints for your staff to have to pass in and out of as an added measure.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the potential problems that can occur when you don’t have a comprehensive security system in place. There are myriad potential issues – and it really does pay to be aware and proactive in order to be as safe as possible. If you need help with your security or if you just have a couple of questions, feel free to get in touch and we can assist you with any and all of your security needs.
Let Chartercom Security create a personalised commercial security system for your business to keep you safe around the clock. Call us on 1300 844 844 or visit us at chartercomsecurity.com.au for a confidential assessment of your commercial security needs.