Business owners are often too busy with the Business to consider all aspects of security and the insurance implications. Barrie Rees of Goldilocks asks some key questions and gives sound advice.
1. Insurance companies will normally require 5 lever mortice locks on all external doors.
Windows should be lockable and secured at low level and where accessible. It is worth noting that Assa Abloy the parent company of one of the best known brand leaders Chubb has recently rebranded Chubb into the Yale and Union brands.
2. Emergency exits should be clearly marked and checked and serviced on a regular basis.
3. Make yourself aware who holds a key for the property. Have any staff left your employment? Did they have a key or access codes? If so you should certainly change the access codes if not the locks. A spare set of keys should be held in a separate location for emergency access. If you have an alarm fitted your alarm company should be advised of key holders.
4. Do you keep cash on your premises? Is your safe sufficient to comply with insurance cash ratings? Safes should be regularly maintained.
5. Important documents should be locked in preferably fireproof cabinets or cupboards when the office is empty and the keys to these securely stored.
Laptops should be locked away if possible or secured to a non removable item with a Kensington lock. These locks can also be applied when travelling in cars or vans.
A free security review of your business can be carried out by Goldilocks Locksmiths who can be contacted on 01545 509 043
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