Premises security planning and crime prevention
Premises security hazards can damage your business and threaten the livelihood of your employees. Some common security threats include:
- ICT (information communication technology) breaches
- violence against staff.
To prevent these kinds of incidents, you need a business security plan, which includes a security risk assessment. You should identify threats to the safety of your staff, and implement measures to protect their security. IT security is also paramount, and measures to protect your data and IT systems should form part of your business security plan.
Take into account premises design and layout to correctly identify and manage security threats.
Business premises security plan
The first step in developing a business security plan is to undertake a business security assessment. This helps you identify the possible security threats to your premises, and makes it easier for you to adopt measures to prevent them.
Security risk assessment for premises
A security risk assessment needs to include the following aspects of your premises:
- signage, landscape and building design
- fences, gates, doors and windows
- lighting and power
- information and computing technology
- alarms and surveillance equipment
- cash handling
- car parks
- staff security.
The Queensland Police Service has a business security assessment form that can help you in designing a tailored security assessment for your premises.
Personnel safety on business premises
You must implement measures to ensure staff safety. In the event of a security breach such as a robbery, the safety of your personnel is the first priority.
Read more about personal safety in the workplace.
IT security on business premises
All businesses need to secure their data and IT systems against external threats. This includes computer systems, hardware and software, as well as telecommunications equipment.
Building design and layout for premises security
Assess the building layout and design in your business security plan whether the building was designed specifically for your business or not.
Things to consider are:
- the placement of entry and exits for easy monitoring by staff
- adequate lighting, particularly in the product and sales areas
- the layout of the product area – should be spacious, and customers always in view
- secure counters for staff, perhaps on raised platforms.