The Best Locks to Protect Your Business
It’s very important to protect your business. But how do you know what locks you should get? That’s what we will cover in this article today.
Good locks are not only there to protect your livelihood to prevent break-ins and vandalism. They will also make sure you are compliant with your business insurance policy.
Picking the right locks for your business is a very important consideration for any business, large or small.
Exterior Security Measures
A business naturally has interior and exterior areas that need to be secured. Below we will explore the outside of your businesses security.
By far the most popular choice and also a very simply yet effective lock is the deadbolt. The reason behind this is because they are very hard to break due to the massive bolt (or two, even three) that is inside the locking mechanism.
Deadbolts are very strong
A great way to protect outside doors that below to a garage or a storage unit is through the use of a regular padlock. No don’t be mistaken. Don’t just go to the local store and buy a cheap padlock.
Padlocks are only as effective as they are strong so you want to purchase a high quality padlock.
Another way to secure your business is with security bars. While not exactly a lock they can be used in an effective manner in places that can’t really be locked. For example a small window on the back of the business that if smashed could allow a small person to break in.
Well a set of security bars prevents this.
Interior Security Measures
Now we will move onto getting the inside of your business secured.
If you can afford it you should install a lever lockset on every main door inside your business. This is a step above your average door knob that can easily be broken. A lever lockset is a more heavy duty option. Some places you might want to install this lock is document rooms, rooms that contain expensive electrical equipment such as an IT server room and so on.
Every business has old records unless they started in the last few years. Even then they will still have documents that are sensitive in nature. A business is legally responsible to keep its records secure. A good example of this is a law firm.
You can go one step further than having a filing room installed with a lever lockset. You can then have each of the filing cabinets lockable. Generally this is not something you decide after the fact. You will need to either make this choice before deciding your filing cabinets needs to be locked. Or you will need to replace your filing cabinets with new ones that are lockable.
Pro Tip: If you have to buy new filing cabinets then sell off your old ones to cover some of the replacement cost.