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Ways to keep your business safe during the pandemic

The current pandemic has led to a number of Australians having to close their business or restructuring to suit restrictive measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

With a number of businesses not currently trading and sitting empty, it’s important to remember that business owners and employees can take a number of practical, proactive measures to help to prevent and reduce the risk of crime. Nobody ever wants to become a victim of crime, but for many it would be a final blow at a time when things are already tough.

Here are some tips to consider:

  • Make sure laneways, car parks and other external areas are well lit
  • Prune trees and shrubs to ensure clear visibility of the property and reduce the likelihood opportunities for a burglar to hide
  • All boundary gates and fences should be well built and maintained, adequately secured, clear of rubbish and free from objects that can be put against them to climb over
  • External doors should be solid, and all external doors and windows fully secured with quality and regularly maintained locks
  • If padlocks are used on gates or doors, make sure they are of an appropriate and recommended standard
  • Installing bollards, heavy planters or large rocks can act as a barrier to ram raids
  • Install a monitored alarm system, mirrors, CCTV or perpetrator marking technology and prominently display signs warning about the presence of any security measures
  • Advertising material and posters on windows and doors, and other window coverings, should be kept at a minimum to provide a clear view of the business from inside and out
  • Safes should be securely fixed to a floor, wall or similar solid object
  • All property should be clearly and permanently marked with the name of your business or the Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Retrieve keys and access cards from ex-employees
  • Never leave large amounts of cash on premises overnight
  • Make sure all staff adheres to lock-up procedures