According to the South African 2015/2016 crime statistics, business burglaries during this time of the year increase exponentially, especially in empty offices and buildings.
“Burglary is a serious threat to any business and can significantly affect operations, says Wickus van der Walt, Head of Broker Distribution: FNB Insurance Brokers,
“A lot of burglaries and related theft occurs primarily at businesses when closed for business. The losses are quite large and happen over a relatively short period.”
Having tighter security measures can give business owners peace of mind while away on vacation.
Van der Walt shares five cautionary tips on how businesses can tighten their security during this season:
- Make sure your business is adequately insured: It has become essential for businesses to have adequate insurance cover in place. Insure valuable assets and understand the replacement values of those assets. Make sure you engage your insurer to establish that your business has adequate cover.
- Lock your valuables: Burglars have become highly aware of vacant offices containing assets such as computers, laptops and stock for the festive season. Place valuable items in a secure room or safe; do not leave expensive items hanging around the office.
- Activate alarm systems: Test your alarm systems and make sure they are operational and if possible activate new and stronger passwords and alarm codes.
- Burglar bars: Secure burglar bars and place them on the inside of the windows as this slows the burglary process down.
- Keep records of all movable assets in case of a robbery: Taking inventory of computers, stock, keys, gate remotes including serial numbers can help speed up the insurance process in case of an emergency.
“In these tough times when businesses are struggling to survive, the last thing business owners want is to be caught off guard by a robbery. Without taking the necessary precautions and putting tighter security measures in place as well as ensuring adequate insurance cover against potential risks, a business can be left defenseless during this festive season,” concludes van der Walt.
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