Developing a Security Plan

No matter your business size or industry, having an effective security plan in place can help protect customers as well as your employees and property. Consider the following actions as part of your general security plan:

  • Hire security personnel for busy and late night hours.
  • Restrict access to the building and deactivate access codes when an employee is terminated.
  • Inspect unusual points of entry, such as the roof or exhaust and air-conditioning vents.
  • Regularly check security equipment to verify it is operational.
  • Maintain adequate lighting and a design layout to enhance natural surveillance. Blind spots should be identified and addressed with added security measures.
  • Consider using reflective glass to limit visibility from outside the building.
  • Do not allow the sharing of keys, passwords, PINs, or alarm codes among employees.
  • Use appropriate signage that clearly states criminal activity on the premises will be prosecuted.
  • Post emergency numbers on all phones.
  • Schedule shifts with a minimum of three people on duty at all times, including when opening and closing your business, to avoid employees working alone.
  • Train employees to recognize and report security issues.
  • Establish a liaison with local law enforcement for additional support and assistance. Ensure they are familiar with your business and can respond if something appears out of the ordinary. Ask for assistance in reviewing your security plans and training for emergency situations.

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The illustrations, instructions, and principles in this material are general in scope and, to the best of our knowledge, current at the time of publication. No attempt has been made to interpret any referenced codes, standards, or regulations nor to identify all potential risks or requirements.