Burglary is at the top of the list when it comes to insurance claims made by small, local businesses. In the last five years alone, burglary has directly affected 20% of all small businesses out there. We insure many small businesses, and we want to educate our customers on how they can actively protect their businesses. Let’s talk about burglary prevention, so that your business doesn’t become a victim of theft.
We’ve found that the most effective alarm systems don’t actually seem like an alarm at all, at least not on the surface. If you invest in a silent alarm system, that goes off at a private protection agency or alerts a local police station, it will stop a burglar dead in their tracks. They will never suspect that they’re about to be caught in the act if they are reassured by silence while committing their crime.
Flood each entrance to your business with lighting, motion sensor activated if you’d like to conserve some energy. Mercury and metallic vapor lights serve best since they are almost unbreakable, but a burglar will be less likely to infiltrate your business if they think there’s any chance of being detected.
Sturdy locks are important, and if your locks are broken, worn, or damaged in any way, it’s time to consider upgrading. Experts say that locks with a pin-cylinder are the most efficient, because they are the most difficult to pick. Using both a doorknob lock and a deadbolt will improve your locks efficiency, and hopefully stop a burglar in their tracks before they even make it inside.
Burglar Resistant Glass
Here’s something most small businesses don’t take the time to consider; it only takes a large rock through a window if someone truly wants to break in and isn’t afraid of stepping out of bounds. We suggest you find glass with high tensile strength that can take a considerable beating, so that having glass on your building doesn’t leave you susceptible to danger.
Trees and Shrubs
This one may come to a surprise, but having the trees and shrubs trimmed around your small business can help you stay protected. If they are trimmed, there are less places for imposters to hide, and they won’t have access to any unorthodox methods of breaking in, such as through a second floor window.
Stay safe, stay prepared, and keep your small business protected from theft before it hits you! If you like to stay extra prepared like we do, feel free to give us a call to discuss the Connecticut business insurance policies that will keep your business properly covered in case anything were to ever go wrong.