Is Your Office Safe Over Christmas?
There are all sorts of reasons why Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. For many, it’s the chance to escape the day-to-day stresses of work and spend some quality time with those you love. That means closing the office for a few days, a week or even longer at the end of the year.
Unfortunately, shutting off is easier said than done if you’re left worrying about your vacant office over Christmas and New Year. In this post, we’ll look at a few precautions you can take for complete peace of mind over the festive period.
Don’t be a target
The threat of burglary or theft can often be heightened when you know your office isn’t secure. That’s because we all know how criminals like to find an easy target. It’s not uncommon for them to scope out offices before they attempt a break-in, so it’s important that your site has some robust measures in place.
Intruder alarms are one of the best deterrents for burglars, letting them know they can’t get in and out unnoticed. Surveillance cameras are also a good way to deter them, and give you the best chance of tracking down culprits if the worst happens.
It’s also important to remember the basics. If you’re leaving the office over Christmas, make sure everything is locked and all alarms are set. Where possible, try to avoid showing that your office is empty. Automated lighting, for example, is a great way to create the impression that someone is in your office even when you’re away.
Checking in without physically checking in
For many people, the sense of unknowing is the worst part of leaving the office. Even if the chances of a burglary are low, you want the reassurance that everything is A-OK at your office each day you’re away. That doesn’t mean you should drive to work every day and check.
A much easier way is to check in remotely. Wi-Fi cameras can provide a live stream of your office whenever you need it. Connecting them to your office’s Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to access them anywhere you are with an internet connection. That allows you to virtually check in for complete peace of mind.
Extra safety features
Being away from the office isn’t the only worry when it comes to festive security. The darker evenings and increased crime rates at Christmas can make many people worry about security when their office is full.
If this is the case, the best thing to do is control who can enter your office. A comprehensive access control system will allow you to restrict access to anyone without the right code or ID card. It can also be used on a person-by-person basis, where access is only granted when someone arrives.
Another option is to install a panic button, which sends an alert to your security staff or the authorities. This provides your team with a last resort should the worst happen, which could be critical in protecting their wellbeing.
Safety and security all wrapped up
Do you have the necessary security system in place this Christmas? From intruder alarms and CCTV to access control and panic button features, the team at Selectron have you covered. We’ll supply and install state-of-the-art security equipment tailored to your needs, so you can enjoy the holiday season in the best way possible.