While we're the experts when it comes to ensuring your business has the security it needs to keep staff, equipment and cash safe, there are also a number of things individuals can do themselves to increase their security profile.
On top of this, there are also a number of mistakes people make that can result in their property becoming all the more enticing to burglars and vandals.
The following is a guide that shows how sometimes it's the little things that can make all the difference. With the Australian Institute of Criminology reporting that more than 330,000 houses are broken into each year, it's important to keep any property secure.
1. Storing a key in obvious places
While it's understandable you may feel the need to leave a key under a rock or garden gnome outside your home or business, these obvious hiding spots can quickly attract the attention of unsavoury individuals.
Research from UK insurance provider LV= discovered that some people are still using these dodgy methods of concealment. Almost a third (29 per cent) of respondents admitted they were guilty of this, with pot plants being the most common hiding place.
Even if these are monitored by video security, it's likely not enough to stop a burglar from finding them and breaking in.
2. Leaving doors or windows open
It doesn't matter if it's a hot day, leaving the doors or windows of your business unlocked or ajar is a recipe for trouble. Many criminals are opportunistic, and could be targeting your premises just because they've spotted an easy entrance.
For businesses, mobile security patrols are a great way to ensure you don't fall victim to these oversights. A guard will inspect your property two or more times a night, ensuring every exit and entrance is safe and secure.
3. Keeping evidence of expensive items
Burglars are expert observers. Along with finding hidden keys and spotting carelessly left open entrances, they have a keen eye for realising when a home or business has just taken stock of expensive items.
If your company has just upgraded its IT system and bought a range of expensive tech products, it's unwise to leave evidence lying around. Try and dispose of boxes promptly and avoid advertising your new delivery if possible. It might even be worth having a security guard on site when the new systems arrive.