Have you taken stock of your security services recently? As the days grow shorter and winter approaches, we’re entering a period of the year where break-ins and property theft become commonplace. Before winter arrives across Canada, take a pro-active approach to your security and audit your security needs for the coming months. After all, you’re going to be busy dealing with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the annual Holiday Season sales bonanza.
At Blackbird Security, we offer comprehensive security audits that identify areas of concern before creating action-oriented plans to resolve them. Our expert team walk through your physical space, identifying any weak links in your security plan and areas of ‘low hanging fruit’ for you to fix. We’ll devise optimal placement for CCTV monitoring and make other recommendations to improve your security outlook. At the end, we’ll deliver a detailed report with our findings.
Considerations When Auditing Your Security
Before you pick up the phone to call Blackbird Security. Here are three key areas of your security setup to think about. Crime doesn’t take days off, and the only way to keep your property safe is to work to improve your security setup.
The starting point for ensuring you have the professional security coverage you need is figuring out the types of threats you’re likely to face. What are some of your environmental concerns? Does your neighbourhood carry any common dangers? Are their threats inherent in your industry?
Let’s look at an example of how threat identification would work in a retail environment. Retail security isn’t just about obvious risk factors such as shoplifting. It also includes accessibility, the safety of your staff and customers, how the physical space is laid out, how stock is handled, how money is processed, staff education and training – and so much more. Even aspects like the lighting around your entrance and exit points is something that’s so important to consider.
Analyze Your Risk Factors
Now that you’ve identified your weaknesses, part two of the audit is to take a look at your risk factors. This exercise delivers a comprehensive understanding of the gaps in your security coverage, and how a breach can impact upon your day-to-day operations. Once you have made a plan to plug these gaps, it will improve your staff safety, loss prevention efforts, and lead to an increase in profits.
Returning to our earlier example of a grocery store, common risk factors to be aware of include: theft of stock and property, data breaches, inventory damage, break-ins, customer injuries and forced closures. Planning for every eventuality isn’t just common sense, it’s the first step in ensuring business continuity in the event of a security incident.
The solutions you land upon should be uniquely tailored to each scenario and context. What’s important to remember is that no two businesses are the same, so no two security solutions will be the same. As part of our audit, we deliver specific and specialized recommendations for improving security and preventing loss.
Common aspects of these solutions include an embrace of technology, increased security presence, new emergency response procedures, fresh training for staff, and even changes to your physical space to reduce the risk of injuries.
The sign of a successful security audit is a business finishing the exercise with a full and specific set of actionable and practical next steps for all of their common security threats.
Work with Blackbird Security
The team at Blackbird Security is proud to support our communities as they navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re interested in upgrading your security services, we’d love to hear from you. We offer the following range of services to clients across Canada: