As a business owner, you want to keep valuable assets—equipment, furniture, files and belongings—safe.

Burglars often look for easy access to enter a business, such as unlocked windows or doors. When securing your business, start with these entryways. Below are checklists to properly secure windows and doors.

Window Security

To avoid security risks, such as weak glass or unlocked windows, follow these tips:

  • Purchase windows with tempered glass, which is more durable and difficult to break than traditional glass.
  • Place outdoor lights near windows to keep illuminated at night.
  • Do not place valuables near windows, as this gives intruders easy viewing of assets.
  • Install window sensors that send notifications to your phone, tablet or laptop if a window is opened.
  • Place glass-break detectors on first-floor windows; these trigger alarms if activated.
  • Ensure you and employees close and lock windows before leaving for the day.

Door Security

Now that you’ve secured your business’ windows, properly safeguard doors:

  • Never leave doors unlocked when no one is around or your business is closed. Depending on business type, consider locking doors during the day.
  • Install smart locks or an access control solution for insight into who’s coming and going at your business. Receive mobile alerts if a door is locked or unlocked, even if you are not physically there.
  • Use image or motion sensors near doors to monitor movement.
  • Place video surveillance cameras around doors to monitor activity and deter intruders.
  • Install access control devices, such as swipe readers or access cards, to limit entry to necessary individuals during and after business hours.
  • Install a monitored alarm. A monitoring center will receive immediate notice if someone enters your building during unusual hours.

Whether you are a small or big business, know how many entryways you have so you can apply the above security tips across your building or location.

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