Investing in commercial property not only opens you up for potential business success, but it also exposes you to risks. Whether those risks come from thieves, pests, tenants or your own employees, mitigating them is essential for a healthy business. This means your next step is protecting your investment with commercial property security. But how do you do that?

At Integrated Access Security, we have over 50 years of combined experience helping businesses secure their property. That’s why we have gathered these security tips to help you protect your commercial property from theft, vandalism and other threats to your bottom line.

5 Commercial Property Security Tips

  1. Perform a Risk Assessment. How much do you know about your property? Do you know its security weaknesses? What are its security strengths? These are important questions when it comes to the security of your commercial property. Knowing these details will allow you to come up with a strong security strategy. Having a security strategy means you will not waste time or money implementing security measures in areas that do not need them.
  2. Setup Access Control. Who is entering and leaving your establishment: employees, clients, complete strangers? If just anyone can enter your business, how do you know they can be trusted? Properly implemented access control measures will let you control the flow of people into your business. You can restrict access to sensitive areas on property, and you can also monitor who has access to your property. We do a great run down about how you can use the lobby of your establishment as a focal point for these security measures in a recent blog.
  3. Add Security Cameras. Setting up a surveillance system is one of the best deterrents to crime security specialists have. Most criminals will not attempt a crime if they see that security cameras are in use on a property. For the criminals who are not deterred by a camera, they can be brought to justice thanks to the footage these cameras capture. Found a blind spot in the security of your property after conducting a risk assessment? A security camera can monitor those blindspots with minimal effort on your part.
  4. Light Up Your Property. Criminals do their best work when they cannot be seen. This means that most criminals like darkness, which makes it harder for authorities to spot them. So, it stands to reason that the less darkness there is on your property, the harder it will be for criminals to operate. So, light up your parking lot, side alleys and interior corners. Let the light shine on ne’er-do-wells who would steal or otherwise harm your property or customers.
  5. Communicate With Your Neighbors. Just because you and your staff do not notice anything going on around your property does not mean nothing is happening. Often our neighbors see or hear about things that we do not simply by being in the right place at the right time. Take advantage of their happenstance. Have an open line of communication with your neighbors. They may have heard about a series of thefts or vandalism happening in the area that just has not reached your establishment. Even better, if they can contact you, they may also notify you if something is going wrong on your property. Just be sure to offer the same vigilance in return.

What Other Commercial Property Security Measures Should I Take?

These tips are a good place to start, but there are always extra steps you can take to protect your commercial property investment. Consulting with our Palo Alto security specialists can help you nail down the security measures that will work best for your business. Call (650) 299-9345 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.