Break-ins can be just as concerning and overwhelming when they happen at your office or workplace as they do at your home. After all, as the business owner or manager, this impacts your livelihood and can cost you money as well as peace of mind. To regain control during such a stressful time, First Lock & Security Technologies offers helpful tips to deal with the fallout of a break-in and prevent future security breaches.
Report Break-In to Police
When you arrive at the office and see signs of a break-in, call the police right away. Whether the break-in happened overnight or you disrupt the break-in, the police can inspect the building before you and your employees enter it.
Secure & Fix Broken Locks, Windows & Doors after Break-In
If windows and doors were broken during the burglary, be sure to get them repaired or boarded up as soon as possible. Otherwise, this will be a point of vulnerability and leave you prone to future break-ins. No matter whether door locks appear damaged or not, it is a good idea to have them replaced as addressed later in this blog.
Evaluate what Happened During Break-In
If you can, acquire and review security camera footage of the break-in, either from your office or nearby cameras. Take note of when, where and how the break-in occurred and formulate a description of the perpetrator(s), if possible.
Take Inventory of Stolen Items
Make a list of what was stolen and what it was worth. This is important both for inventory purposes and also in filing an incident report.
File an Official Police Incident Report & Notify Insurance Company
The information you have gathered above will be used to file an incident report with the police. Upon completion of this step, you can contact your insurance company and provide them with the incident report along with any other information they need about what was stolen or damaged.
Speak with Staff About Preventing Break Ins
Don’t forget that break-ins can leave your staff feeling anxious, too. Speak with your team members and reassure them. Before you do this, have a plan of action in mind with an upgraded security strategy so that you can communicate this to your team.
Improve Security to Protect Your Business
One of the most important steps after dealing with the break-in itself is developing a new security plan. One important step for your business is to contact the team at First Lock & Security Technologies. We can assess your building and not just provide the latest security equipment but also teach you how to use it.
Locks Should Be Changed Often
It should be noted that your locks should be rekeyed and repaired or replaced immediately after a break in as you cannot be sure the locks were not damaged even if they appear fine. A damaged lock is more susceptible to additional break-ins. Changing locks after a break-in can give your staff peace of mind and regularly changing the locks at your business premises is a crucial step to prevent break-ins and better secure the property. It is important to note that stolen keys can be used for future unauthorized entry into the building.
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Whether you’re an office manager or owner, First Lock & Security Technologies is here to help you after a break-in. And if a break-in has not yet occurred, please contact us to improve your security so you have a plan in place. Give us a call today for a free assessment or quote!