We all know the basic checks that need to be done before leaving a property for a long period of time, or even just at a vulnerable time, such as bank holidays when thieves know it will be vacant.
We’ve rounded up a short list to make sure there’s nothing you are missing. You can even print off this handy free PDF that lets you check off each step of your lock-up routine.
Back-up and shut down
Like the end of most working days, it all starts with a back-up and shut down of your hardware. If you’re not already doing this, it is a habit you should really start to get into. A simple 5-minute process could save you losing hours upon hours of work. Particularly if your storage is cloud-based as opposed to on a server, as if there were to be any damage to your property and hardware during your absence, all your work is still there waiting for you online.
Shutting down after this also allows your computer to have some resting time, it’s a holiday for your hardware just as much as it is for you! Leaving hardware on over the absence period could result in over-heating or you could find that it’s running slower on your return.
Windows locked & curtains / blinds closed
Open windows to a vacant property are an invitation to thieves, giving them a slightly easier access point without having to cause excess damage and draw unwanted attention to themselves.
In addition, closing your curtains / blinds so that no one can see into the building also allows for additional security. Potential thieves cannot ‘scope’ out the building analyze additional entry points or make an inventory of what expensive items they can get their hands on.
Valuables locked away and out of sight
Despite locking the windows and closing the blinds, in the unfortunate instance of a thief gaining access to your property you don’t want them to have a successful break-in. Locking away all valuables (this includes any passwords you have written down!) or taking them away with you, will give them less potential to take.
Limiting the selection of valuables will make them turn to the more awkward and far less expensive hardware to take, which depending on the way they gained access to the property, can generally be a turn off.
In some cases, however it could be useful to have decoy ‘valuables’ to leave laying about to throw off intruders into thinking to take the light, expensive-looking items and leave the heftier stuff.
Walk around and Lights off
Before leaving the property make sure to do a final walk around to make sure all the previous steps have been followed. It can be easily missed in a rush before leaving. But if you remind yourself to do one last walk around and take your time, you might find the odd window in the meeting room you forgot to close or the company credit card you left in your un-locked desk.
Security system check
Whatever security system you have in place, make sure it is up and running properly before you complete your final check. Make sure access control systems are locking properly, CCTV cameras are capturing footage and security alarms sensors are registering movement and the alarms still ring.
Nationwide Security provides an electronic security division that will service these products for you. We also supply, install, maintain and monitor all the security systems you require from us.
The final step; lock up… and breathe. Its time to enjoy your time away from work stress-free and knowing you have taken all the necessary steps needed to make sure your premises is safe during your absence.