Commercial crime is a big problem for businesses of all sizes.
With more than 130,000 break-ins a year on shops and warehouses alone, it’s clear that protecting your business premises has never been more important.
There are a host of security measures on the market that will help you to keep your business property safe and secure.
Some are more effective than others, but the general rule of thumb is, the more security measures you have in place, the safer your business will be.
Security grilles are, in our opinion, one of the most effective security measures you can install to make it harder for would-be intruders to enter your premises.
They are relatively low-cost, can help secure your doors, windows and other points of entry and provide a strong visual deterrent to potential thieves.
If you have them installed, they also send the message that you are serious about your security and may have other measures in place – such as internal CCTV and an alarm system – that may not be immediately apparent to any opportunist thieves looking from the outside.
This could make them think twice before attempting to break-in.
So, will security grilles help keep your business secure?
The answer is yes, but there are a few things to bear in mind if you are thinking of investing in them.
What are security grilles?
Security grilles can help you protect the windows and doors of your business premises, creating a fixed obstruction over points of entry for added protection and peace of mind.
They provide a great visual deterrent to would-be thieves and can be retracted out of the way when not in use for a better visual appearance.
They can also be used when your windows are open, to provide security while letting the fresh air circulate – great for those hot, stuffy summer days.
And even when they are fully drawn, they still provide a clear view from your window and allow plenty of natural light to flood in.
They are easy to maintain and come in a wide range of sizes, colours and finishes, which means they can be customised to your exact requirements, to complement your existing design and décor.
Best of all, they can be easily unlocked in the event of an emergency, to ensure your staff and your premises always remain safe and secure but can get out quickly if they need to.
What are the benefits of security grilles for my business?
There are three main benefits to having security grilles installed at your business premises.
Firstly, and most importantly, they will enhance your security.
This point may seem obvious but adding an extra layer of protection to your doors and windows will help prevent unwanted entry and keep your business and its belongings more secure.
Secondly, they are cost-effective.
Because they are easy to use and don’t have any complex electrical or mechanical systems that need to be built into your building to make them work, they are cheap and simple to install and maintain, making them an excellent entry-level security choice.
Finally, they are visually pleasing.
Again, because there is no complex mechanism to install with security grilles, they take up less space and can be stowed out of the way when not in use. This can be of particular importance in areas where there are strict local authority rules on the appearance of buildings, or if you are trying to create a more welcoming look for your visitors and customers.
They can also be customised in a wide range of colours and finishes, so can easily blend into your existing colour scheme.
Have a security policy
You can invest heavily in new security grilles, roller shutters and other measures to make your premises more robust, but sometimes, even that might not be enough.
Although these measures will help you to bolster your business security, if they are not used properly, they will have little effect.
Employee error or apathy can render even the best security measures ineffective.
So, if you spent the time and money in installing new security features, make sure you have a security policy in place and that all your staff know how to use them properly and what’s expected of them.
This might be documented in your staff handbook or included in induction or training sessions, but if you create a ‘security-first’ culture where all your people are mindful of their responsibilities when it comes to keeping your premises secure, it will save you a lot of problems in the long run.
Act now by installing security grilles
As we always say, prevention is better than cure.
It’s no good installing security grilles after a burglary has taken place and has cost your business time and money.
If you haven’t got security grilles already, get them installed now to add an extra level of security to your business, for additional peace of mind.
This is where Grays Locksmiths can help.
Enquire about our security grilles
At Grays Locksmiths, we stock a wide range of security grilles to help you keep your business premises safe and secure.
If you’re not sure which option is best for you, give us a call today for some expert advice and guidance.
We’ll visit your business, discuss your requirements and recommend a solution that’s right for you.
If you would like to enquire about our security grilles, give us a call on 0115 942 2315.