4 Inexpensive Ways to Add Extra Security to Your Private Office

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Did you know that workplace crime costs US businesses around $50 billion per year?

As a small business owner, you might worry about the security of your office. Yet, you might not understand what you can do to make your office more secure.

Here's a quick look at how you can give your office a bit of added security. If you're worried about workplace theft, these tips should help you fight back against crime.

Let's begin enabling added security to your office!


1. Secure Important Files

One of the best ways you can improve security within your office is by securing all the important files you have. After all, if your files are secure, your data might still be safe, even if someone manages to break into your office.

You can secure your files by investing in a filing cabinet that has a lock. You then want to track all the people that have access to this filing cabinet in case anything goes missing. 

If you want to make things even more secure, there's also the option of installing a safe within your office.

If you install a safe, it will be hard for people to steal your files because they can't pick up the safe and run off with it. That's because the safe will be integrated within a wall or even the floor, so a thief can't physically remove it from its location.

That said, the reliability of your safe will come down to how effective the locks are. Thus, before you invest in a safe, you should do plenty of research to find out how good the locks are for a given safe.

Luckily, there are plenty of channels on YouTube that review safes. If you watch these channels, you should be able to find the best safe for your particular set of circumstances.


2. Secure the Doors and Windows

Another way you can improve the security of your office is by securing the doors and windows.

In some cases, this could mean that you add an extra lock to the doors and windows. However, it could also mean that you actually replace the doors and windows so that they are more secure. 

The safest option is installing custom created steel doors for your office. You can decide exactly which features you want it to include, such as fire-rated protection and louvers to a soundproof filling. Taking safety precautions like this will allow you to sit back or concentrate on running your operations."

Of course, that can be a bit more expensive than just adding an extra lock. Yet, thieves will likely use doors and windows to get into your office. Thus, if you make it difficult for thieves to exploit these 'access points,' you will make your office much more secure.

If you're going to do this, make sure you tell the installation company that you want to prioritize security. In doing so, the company will then make an effort to install the most secure windows and doors that are available. 


3. Invest in CCTV

CCTV can be one of the best ways to give your office a bit of extra security. 

Now, you might think that CCTV is going to be quite expensive, but modern camera technology is quite affordable. As a result, you can install effective security cameras without having to burn through a lot of cash. 

If you're going to invest in a CCTV system, there are a few things that you'll need to think about.

The first thing you'll want to consider is whether you want cameras that'll work during the night. For the most part, it's a good idea to invest in night-vision cameras, as most break-in attempts will take place under cover of darkness.

You should also consider whether you want your CCTV system to be wired or wireless. You might think that wireless is the obvious choice here, but there are some downsides to this approach.

The biggest downside associated with a wireless CCTV system is that it can be hacked. If a criminal knows how to intercept the communications between the cameras, they will be able to bring your security system down.

This isn't exactly an easy thing to do, but online tutorials teach people how they can do this. Thus, if you want to stay on the safe side of things, you may want to opt for a wired CCTV system.

You should also consider whether you want a 'cloud-enabled' CCTV system. If you adopt a CCTV system capable of this, your recordings will be accessible, even if someone manages to tamper with the cameras.


4. Put Someone In Charge of Security

Another way you can improve security within your office is by making someone responsible for security.

This person will make sure the office is secure when everyone leaves at the end of the day. They will also check all the windows and doors to ensure there aren't any vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

If you give someone this role, you're going to be giving them extra duties alongside their usual work. Thus, you might want to consider adjusting their compensation levels so that they're fairly rewarded for doing this extra work.

As your business grows, you might want to consider the option of hiring a security guard to do all this work instead.  

If you're going to hire a person like this, make sure you get plenty of references. The best way to do this is by reaching out to companies that have previously employed this person.

If you do this, you will be able to determine how good this person was at their last job. This will then provide you with peace of mind, as you can then trust them to keep your office safe. 


Will You Invest in Added Security?

Unfortunately, crime is one of those things you will have to think about if you own a private office. Yet, if you use the tips above, you should be able to give your office a layer of added security.

If you want to make sure your office is secure, you need to make sure you review your office every six months. If you do that, you will be able to spot the small issues that might allow criminals to break in.

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