How to Keep Your Commercial Property Secure
If you own commercial real estate, you know that keeping your property secure is vital – for maintaining both the value of your property, and the safety of your occupants and tenants.
Strong security can prevent unfortunate events like vandalism, motor vehicle theft, and burglary from taking place on your property. It can remove risks of on-premise violence. And, it can give you and your occupants peace of mind.
So, how can you increase your security in a way that’s tasteful, effective, and doesn’t break the budget?
As commercial real estate experts here in Frederick, Maryland, we’ve studied and helped to implement the practices that are tried and true in accomplishing commercial security goals.
We’re here to help. Let’s take a look at five ways to keep your commercial property secure.
Secure Entrances and Exits
For criminals to successfully burglarize a property, they need to find a way in and out. Consequently, one of the primary aspects of commercial property security to consider is the condition of building entrances and exits.
First, note the number and placement of all entry and exit points. Is there a backdoor that’s often left unlocked? Are there open ground-level windows? Are windows and doors made of sturdy materials, or are they in poor condition or flimsily constructed?
Potential burglars will be sure to note the condition and security of your building’s entrances and exits. If you want to deter them and protect your property, you should do the same – and then take steps to make sure all entrances and exits are secure.
Maintain the Exterior
While appearances aren’t important in many contexts, they do matter when it comes to property security. No, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – but potential criminals will certainly judge your property on the basis of its exterior.
Intuitively, this makes sense: premises with overgrown bushes, poorly maintained sidewalks, and dilapidated parking lots simply seem less safe. Such properties give the appearance of neglect – and that appearance is appealing to vandals, burglars, and other criminals.
So, invest in your property’s exterior. Trim back bushes, maintain the sidewalks, and seal the parking lot. Maintaining a building’s exterior improves the appearance of security, and, in this case, appearance have more than a superficial effect.
Implement Good Lighting Systems
Lighting systems fall under the category of exterior maintenance, but they’re integral enough to security that this point is worthy of standing on its own.
Light, of course, has always symbolized good morality – and there’s a reason for that. Light allows for sight, and criminals don’t want to be seen. If your commercial property is poorly lit, with failing parking lot lights and limited lighting around the building, there is a natural cover for intruders to operate under.
That’s why improved lighting has been recommended as a security measure for decades.
So, how can you implement good lighting systems efficiently and effectively? Well, lighting around entrances and exits is a good place to start. And, to reduce energy costs, consider motion-based lighting – which may also have the added benefit of startling would-be intruders.
Install an Alarm System
Exterior appearances contribute toward security, but, without functioning security systems, your commercial property may still be vulnerable. Alarm systems can help to reduce your property’s security risk.
There are a variety of alarm systems on the market today, and it’s certainly worth doing the research to determine what will fit best for the security of your commercial property. Will every entrance and exit be monitored? What line of communication (phone, internet) will be used to send alerts? Who will be alerted, and how? How will the system be disarmed? And, of course, what is the cost?
Weigh the factors and invest in an alarm system that fits your needs. The proper alarm system is an important component of commercial property security.
Install a CCTV System
In addition to an alarm system, a closed-circuit television (or CCTV) system can be a major deterrent to potential criminals. And, as with alarm system implementation, CCTV installation is best done with all factors considered.
Where are the highest impact areas for security camera placement? Will video footage be monitored, or simply stored? Will the system integrate with other building systems? Take the time to determine the best system fit for your commercial property.
If you do so, you’ll ensure that CCTV is an effective component in your property’s security. No criminal, after all, wants to be caught on video.
Advertise Your Security
Finally, one last tip to improve your commercial property’s security: advertise your security.
You’ve probably seen those signs for home security systems posted in the front lawn of neighborhood homes: “This home is protected by X.” Advertising your commercial property’s security runs from the same line of thought.
Like a scarecrow used to frighten away birds, signs for security don’t actually provide functionality – but they do establish intimidation in the minds of potential criminals. If the risk is visible, the opportunity is less appealing.
Signs for your security systems can support the systems themselves.
Increase Your Commercial Property’s Security
Hopefully, these tips have been helpful as you consider how to keep commercial property secure.
If you’re considering how to best implement security for your commercial property, get in touch with us. At Rockpoint Commercial, we’ve been helping Frederick property owners to find and manage commercial real estate for years, and we understand that property security is vital for property value, safety, and peace of mind.