Retail Security Must Haves – A Checklist

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In the current climate effective retail store security is a priority. Shops and restaurants well secured by a professional retail locksmith have a reduced chance of burglary. We are MLA approved locksmiths specialising in commercial locksmith services in London. IKS are shop front security grilles specialists. In this post we share the retail security solutions what we advise every retail business should have in place. We will also cover additional measures that can be added to further reduce the likelihood of a break in.

Top 5 Retail Business Security Must Haves

1) Check You Have These Absolute Minimum Security Measures in Place

Every property should have these basic security measures in place;

  • An insurance approved 5 lever deadlock fitted to external doors
  • Window locks – as specified in your insurance policy

These are basic shop security must haves required by insurance. If you do not have these basic measures your insurance will not pay up if you are burgled.

2) Strike Up a Rapport with a Dedicated Commercial Locksmith You Can Call on 24/7

Establishing contact and a rapport with a link to dedicated and reliable emergency locksmith for your business in your local area means they are more likely to prioritise your call and go that extra mile for you as an established customer.

emergency locksmith

3) Choose Your Business Locksmith with Care

Take care who you trust your business security to. There are so many rogue locksmiths in London and across the UK. You can read here about how to choose a reliable dedicated commercial locksmith.

Choosing an MLA approved company ensures;

  • Qualifications
  • DBS checks
  • Vetting
MLA locksmith

4) Arrange a Full Commercial Security Survey of Your Premises – It’s makes Sense as It’s Free!

free security check for your business

A full security survey will give you the full picture of the possibilities and there is not obligation to proceed with any work. It is a way to ensure that you are well informed about the possibilities and the costs so that you can make good long-term decisions. You may even find out that there are very low cost solutions that will make a big difference.

5) Keep Up with the Neighbours – The Least Secure Property in an Area is Likely to Be a Target

Burglars will most likely weigh up the amount to gain and ease of access. It is important to make sure that your property is not the least secure in your area.

burglary target

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5 Ways to Go from Basic Security to High Security

From cost effective commercial security solutions to investment solutions, here are some methods of improving security to consider.

1) Strengthening Weak Doors

Many people are unaware of the cost-effective security solutions available to strengthen weak doors. An experienced commercial door locksmith can advise on products that can reduce the likelihood of an intruder making it through a door such as;

  • A Lock guard – visible on the outside it is very of putting for an intruder and shows you take your security seriously.
  • Hinge bolts – so door can’t be lifted off the hinges
  • Birmingham and London bars – to strengthen the length of the door inside and out.
lock guard for door security

A locksmith for commercial doors can significantly reduce your chances of burglary. You can read more here about strengthening a front door.

2) High Security Commercial Locks and Keys

Quality locks and keys providing like Mul-T-Lock can add an extra level of security. High security keys can’t be duplicated by just anyone and require a special code. It is so important to know who has keys to your business. Read more about Mul-T-Lock high security keys here.

mul-t-lock high security locks for businesses

You may also want to consider a commercial key fob door entry system to gain greater control of those entering and leaving the premises.

3) Digital Code Locks

Digital operated code locks can be good for internal doors, for example a staff room door.

business digital code lock

4) Security Safes

Depending on what you need to store a security safe can be an excellent investment. From money safes to small business safes choosing the best safe for your needs in important. You can read here about reasons you may need a safe. Professional safe installation by an expert is also a must. IKS are specialists in business safes installation in London.

business safe

5) Shop Security Grilles and Roller Shutters

Shop front security grilles are really the ultimate in physical security for a retail store. Quality external security grilles installation by a professional, will ensure that the grilles not only provide high security, but they can also add to the kerb appeal. We are experienced specialists in bespoke grilles and roller shutters installation in North London.

security grilles for commercial properties
Shop Window Grilles

Read here for more tips on securing your business premises effectively.

keep burglars out of your business

Every retail store needs an emergency commercial locksmith to call upon day or night! A professional experienced business locksmith will help you to make cost effective decisions to secure your retail business and contents. If you require commercial security services in London save our number, we are Master Locksmiths Association Approved Retail Locksmiths. Contact us for a free security assessment to explore your shop security option.

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