Small businesses can’t afford a major security breach: digital or physical. If a small business had all of their inventory stolen or their register robbed, it could leave the business vulnerable to failure.
To be able to protect against theft, it’s important to take off-site and on-site security measures.
1. Keep Copies of Sensitive Data Off-Site
There was a time when companies used to carry around tape drives daily, which would act as a daily backup of the business’ vital data. And while tape drives are a thing of the past, keeping data off-site is crucial for business security.
Data that might be kept off-site includes:
- Financial documents
- Customer records
- Contractual agreements
Off-site backups are best, and backup solutions that use the cloud allow for real-time backup. If a fire breaks out or a flood destroys servers, you can be sure that the data is safe. If data has been infiltrated by a hacker, you can retrieve the untainted data from the cloud.
Encryption should be utilized for all data to protect it from hackers. Encryption will make the stolen data less valuable to the hacker.
2. Money and Valuables Should Be Kept in a Safe
If you stay in most mall parking lots for a while, you’ll find armored vehicles drive up and take money from businesses. These armored vehicles may be provided by the bank in some cases, and the goal is to make sure that the business’ money gets safely to the bank.
But before these armed professionals show up, the money and valuables need to be kept safe.
For example, the world’s largest jewelers will keep all of their precious items in a jewelry safe and the money in a separate, high-security safe.
Managers or owners should be the only one with the safe’s code. Heavy-duty safes are resistant to fire and air-tight. These safes are also very heavy, so they can’t easily be moved. When proper safe measures are taken, this will lower the risk of theft and keep money safe if an armed theft does occur.
Banks, for example, do not tell the tellers or others the combination to the safe.
When a robbery occurs, the average money stolen is $4,300 because the majority of the money is in a safe that the teller cannot access.
3. Surveillance Systems
If you want to reduce crime, surveillance systems definitely help. Sometimes, these systems are in place to catch a robber on camera. The evidence can be used by the local police to help identify a person involved in a theft.
But there are also times when a retailer needs to make sure that their employees are not stealing from them.
Monitoring is key to the reduction in crime, according to large-scale studies in Chicago. The city installed 6,000 cameras, and in two neighborhoods, some 2,000 cameras were installed. What studies found was that the areas where surveillance systems were monitored often, the amount of crime fell.
When surveillance isn’t monitored, it lowers the deterrence of these systems, having little-to-no impact on crime.
Theft is reduced when cameras are in use and able to be seen.
Sometimes, all it takes is a potential thief to see a monitoring sign on the window of a store or in the parking lot to deter the thief from robbery.
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