Our ‘Bizkits’ are a collection of advice documents about how businesses can help themselves in the fight against business crime. The kits may include informational summaries, pro-forma letters and leaflets which a person, particularly an advisor or instructor, would use to inform a targeted audience about a topic of interest.
Below are a number of toolkits, designed to help tackle business crime. Just click the hyperlinks to download the documents.
From paid security systems to simple measures like locking your doors and windows, there is lots you can do to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of business crime.
Have a properly managed CCTV system - whether your business is a shop with stock to protect or a manufacturing business with valuable machinery and materials, make sure that CCTV is in working order that is date and time 'stamped', is clearly signposted as a deterrent and that staff are properly trained to view and download the footage, should it be necessary. If you are able try to position cameras low enough to get a clear rather than foreshortened pictrue.
Control access to your premises - keep doors, gates and fences well maintained and, where appropriate, locked. Ensure that staff understand their role in keeping you business secure and that visitors are signed in and out and, where practical, are escorted whilst on the premises. Well trained and confident staff are often your first line of defence.
Use alarmsystems - Panic alarms can be linked via an intruder alarm system to summon police assistance. These can be activiated by foot or hand switches, or within till drawers, by for example, removing the last note from a money clip. Make it clear if you have these types of alarm systems in place to try and deter thieves. You could also consider installing less sophisticated alarms ('doorbells' or personal attack alarms) that can summon help from the public, or other parts of your business or nearby buildings.
Keep high value items away from vulnerable locations such as doorways and in windows. Asset marking makes your property less attractive to thieves because it is clearly identifiable and harder to sell on. Use free facilities such as Immobilise and Police crime reduction surveys.
Keep computers, printers and other computer equipment locked away to keep them safe. Make sure that anti-virus & security software are kept up-to-date to protect your business from cyber crime.
Where possible ensure that your premises only has one entrance and exit and that it is clear and uncluttered - just being seen is a deterrent to many criminals. Keep high value goods where they can be seen by staff and are not easily stolen.
Make sure your staff are trained to look out for criminal behaviour and know what steps to take if your business is targeted.
If your premises has a yard or car-park make sure its boundaries are secure and not overgrown. Reduce the number of places nuisance youths can congregate or criminals can hide to gain access to the roof or unattended entrances.
Keep the amount of cash and other valuables on the premises to a minimum. Use a safe to keep down the amount of cash in tills at all times.
Review your banking and accounts procedures to reduce the risk of being a victim of fraud. Also alter the times and days that you travel to the bank.
If you rent out premises make sure you know what they are being used for - criminals use rented and vacant premises for storing stolen goods, growing cannabis, striping down stolen vehicles and a host of other criminal activities. Work together with neighbours and other nearby businesses to make yours a safer community.
Business layout - Design your business layout to make it less attractive to robbers. For example, position cash desks so that theieves can't keep all staff in their line of sight, or are unable to back out or escape without obstruction. Thieves will be put off by a large number of potential witnesses, so ensure that the window display and shop fittings allow a clear view of the shop interior from the street, so that your cash desk is easily visible to passers-by. Take care positioning your till: if it is too far back it will not be visible from outside the shop, but if it is too close to the door it may attract robbers because they can dash in and out quickly.