The holidays are a joyous time of year, and many businesses thrive during the season. However, your office might be closed to the public for a few weeks or even months, which means that you have to take extra measures to ensure that it stays secure.
If you don't plan ahead for your holiday closure, you may end up with unexpected problems like vandalism and theft when everyone returns. To make sure your business is as safe as possible during this time period, follow these tips from our security experts:
Check the Building is Locked and the Alarms on
It might sound obvious, but during the hustle and bustle of the holidays when people are preoccupied, coming and going at odd hours, and preparing for their time off, things like locking all the doors and alarming the building can easily get overlooked.
Make sure that someone is responsible for closing up the shop for the holidays. This includes locking all of the doors, making sure windows or entrances are properly shut and locked, and activating the alarm system.
Contact Your Alarm Company About the Closure
If you have an alarm monitoring service in place, be sure they know about your holiday closure so they can cancel any pending false alarms caused by a forgotten door or window being left open.
Make sure that responsible parties remember the passcode required to shut off the alarm, or have them contact the alarm monitoring service to reset it before they leave for the holidays.
Have Someone Check the Business Periodically
Have someone check the office periodically. Although it's not necessary to have someone watch your business 24/7, it's important to keep an eye on your business at least a few times a day.
You can do this by asking an employee to come to check on things, or by hiring Patrol Security to perform strategic, randomized patrol of your business.
Patrol Security will know what to look out for and will be able to respond appropriately, but if you’re leaving it to family or friends, Make sure that they know what to look for.
For example, if there appears to be damage around the building or if there are suspicious vehicles parked nearby, it will be important to identify this and respond accordingly.
Turn Off Water in Spaces Where it’s Not Needed
Turn off water and other utilities in spaces where they're not needed. Even if it's just for one week, this will save you money on your water bill when you get back from vacation. Not to mention, it can prevent water damage in the event of a plumbing failure.
Use timers to turn lights on and off
Timers can be used for many purposes, including security lighting. Timers allow you to set lights to turn on at a certain time and turn them off again at another. This can help deter break-ins or vandalism while the business is closed due to the holiday season by making it appear like someone is in the building.
Rest Easy Knowing Your Business is Secure
The best way to keep your building safe is to do everything you can to prepare. However, if you’re running short on time, like most people during the holiday season, but want to ensure that your business stays safe and secure, consider working with a professional security company, like Blackbird Security.Our team of security professionals will work with you to provide a customized security solution to fit your business needs, even during the holidays. Whether you’re looking for Patrol Security, Mobile Security, or something else, we have the services and expertise to keep your business safe.
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