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What to do if you fear someone will burgle your office

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We’d all like to believe that our offices are our safe places, where we can work in environment of security and protection. Unfortunately, though, that is not always the case. Circumstances, whether in or out of your control, can easily arise that lead you to feel in danger as a staff member, or with reason to believe you are at risk of being the subject of a burglary.

If you have any suspicions that someone will burgle your office, you should follow these steps to minimise your risk as much as possible and improve your security.

  1. Alert the police

If you have received a genuine threat to your property, it is advisable- wise, even- to alert the police of your concerns. The police can look into these threats, and, if necessary, monitor particular areas in your neighbourhood, as well as advise on crime prevention and help you to ensure that your property is safe. Do not be afraid of being a time waster: it is the job of a police officer to prevent crime, and you may be helping to put an end to a much wider-scale operation.

  1. Change your locks

Sometimes, a house burglary might not involve a breaking-and-entering situation. If you have given a house key to somebody you no longer trust, or you have lost a key and fear that somebody may use it to enter your property, the best thing to do is get your locks changed. A locksmith can easily replace your front and door locks using  a variety of lock tools, and fashion you new keys to use in them. This should give you the peace of mind that only you have access to your place of work through your doors.

  1. Purchase an up-to-date security alarm

There are plenty of ways you can improve your security to put off a potential burglar from entering your property. One of the simplest ways is to install a security alarm. These have come a long way since the temperamental alarms of the early 2000s- the latest smart alarms are wireless, remotely operated, and can even be switched on and off using an app on your phone. If you want to ward a burglar off, or catch them in the act, a security alarm cannot go amiss.

  1. Purchase CCTV

If you really do feel at risk of being burgled, it’s worth considering purchasing a CCTV camera to monitor your front or back entrances. Not only can a CCTV deter burglars from targeting your office, it can also provide vital evidence should a burglary take place, which can be used by the police to identify the criminals.

  1. Consider a move

It may sound slightly drastic, but if the threat of being burgled is taking a toll on your mental health, it’s time to move out of the area and start afresh. While alerting the police and ensuring you’re up to date with your security may be more than enough for some people, if you still don’t feel safe, just move away. Your work is supposed to be a place of security, and if yours currently doesn’t meet your needs, find one that does.

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