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Reece Enterprise external premises protection

Reece Enterprise talk us through the safety measures to take for external premises protection.

For any business, it is paramount to ensure that the exterior of the premises is protected from the possibility of theft, vandalism or trespassers, from which damage to the building and site can occur along with stress and financial strain upon a company. Investing in external protection for a building and surrounding site is important for long term security and peace of mind, with several ways to improve security that can be considered.

Assess the risks

A full risk assessment of the building and exterior premises should be undertaken, which will review and recognise site risks and hazards, as well as weak spots within security. Risks to site safety such as broken locks, faulty doors or windows, or damaged fencing can be identified through a thorough risk assessment and can then be acted upon immediately.

Following a risk assessment, responsibility for security for the premises should be allocated to one individual, usually a manager or owner, who should check security systems, ensure safety procedures are being followed and monitor contact with insurers and emergency services.

Improve weak points in your security

A risk assessment will identify weak areas where security can be improved with protective measures, which will save time and money long term. The need for stricter security across a premise may be needed for vulnerable points identified, such as a controlled access system, a limit of one point of entry and exit and increased fire safety measures. 

Windows and doors are undoubtedly the most important external areas to secure and should always be locked when the premises are unoccupied. Window bars and grilles are also an effective deterrent if the need for further security is needed.

Insurance companies often insist on minimum security standards for locks, windows, and the perimeter and roof of your premises to strengthen entry points and conform to British Standard 3621, preferably with registered keys and one owner.

Invest in safety mirrors

One of the ways to ensure external security is to utilise safety mirrors from Reece Enterprise. Safety or security mirrors can help with blind spots and offer a wider view of an area such as a carpark, whilst also acting as a deterrent to potential trespassers. Such mirrors are small enough to use above or around windows, doors, gates and other points of access allowing for a wider view of the surrounding area when stood at different angles, this can ensure that blind spots are seen. 

Convex, quarter dome, half dome and full hemisphere shaped mirrors can be added to your building to aid in improving the sight around the premises. Each type of security mirror has its benefits depending on the angle of the building, with suitability for internal use as well as around the perimeter.

Consider electronic security

Electronic security such as CCTV and alarms can provide another level of protection for your business. CCTV is a widely used deterrent while allowing one person to monitor multiple areas, including remote sites, at the same time, making it useful for security maintenance. Alarms are also great for exterior security and alert management of trespassers in the premises. Before choosing an alarm, compare prices and specifications, and ensure that the alarm conforms with British Standard 4737-3.0:1988.

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