Owning your own business comes with a lot of responsibility, and keeping your property and employees secure and safe is extremely important especially during the holiday season when you are expecting increased sales and extended business hours. According to research data, your business has a 1 in 14 chance of becoming the victim of crime. The good news is this statistic can be decreased providing you have the right locking mechanisms and equipment to protect your business and keep it safe and secure.
Heavy Duty Commercial Deadbolt
One of the most effective ways to keep your property safe is to install dead bolts on all of your exterior doors. Deadbolts offer a high level of security and can protect your business against the threat of someone picking or attempting to pry or bump your locks. Deadbolts are available in a number of different grades and can be installed with a single or double cylinder. A single cylinder can be unlocked on the inside without the use of a key, while a double cylinder needs a key to open the lock both sides and is ideal for doors with windows to eliminate the risk of a burglar breaking the window and reaching through to open the door. Your First Lock & Security Technologies professional locksmith will advise you on the correct caliber of deadbolt for your specific needs.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your business and keep out potential intruders is to rekey your locks. Many businesses become the victim of a break-in through the use of a lost key, and if you have recently had a personnel change, or given keys to a janitorial service or repair service for example, and the keys were never returned, now is the perfect time to rekey your locks. Rekeying requires changing the pins inside your locks and cutting a new set of keys. Rekeying your locks will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your business is secure so you can rest easy at night.
Reinforced Strike Plate
This important detail is often overlooked by business owners who are under the impression that a strong lock will keep their property safe from burglars. Part of the locking mechanism often referred to as the tongue of the deadbolt or lock protrudes from the door and when properly installed will catch in the strike plate within the door frame. It is important to understand that your locking mechanism is only as strong as the strike plate that is anchored to the door. Consider installing heavy duty strike plates that are reinforced with longer screws. This simple fix will provide an additional layer of reinforcement to strengthen the ability of your locks to protect your property against break-ins.
Your hinges just like your strike plate need to be properly installing to ensure they function correctly. Any weakness, such as screws that are too short for the plate can be easily breached if the door is kicked. Hinges that have not been installed correctly, such as hinges that can be clearly seen from the outside allowing the pins to be easily removed when the door is closed put your property at risk. Ideally, your hinges should be anchored to the door with three inch screws to provide the door with the support it needs.
Lock Bumping Prevention
If you are not familiar with this term there is a good chance your existing locks are not bump proof. Burglars are well versed with this procedure which entails a form of lock picking where a key is cut with more teeth than a regular key, manipulated into a lock and bumped with a mallet until it catches to open the lock. Fortunately, there are a number of locks available that are bump resistant which can protect your doors and windows and increase your level of security.