The Cost of Not Having Proper Security
On occasion, we hear from business owners who state that they do not want to spend more money on security because it’s not worth it to them. Some believe that the cost of proper security is too great and they prefer to remain unprotected as it “costs less.” Unfortunately for those business owners, this is rarely the case.
Leaving a business unsecured is significantly costlier than having proper security tools installed.
There are many reasons why this is true. First of all, you have to take into account the cost of recovering from a break-in. Many people do not truly understand how expensive, time-consuming and disruptive it is to deal with a break-in. This is especially true in the case of a smash and grab robbery.
In these crimes, criminals use force to break into properties. In the vast majority of such break-ins, criminals enter a location by using bricks, rocks, baseball bats or other similar tools to break through doors and windows. These crimes are popular because they do not involve using complicated or expensive equipment, so nearly any criminal can commit a smash and grab robbery.
If the windows or doors to your property are damaged in a robbery, you obviously need to pay to have them repaired or replaced. If this expense isn’t costly enough, there is also the likelihood that you will need to shut down your business for at least some time in order to get the repairs done. This will result in lost revenue while the business is closed, but it could also cause damage for the longer term. If a prospective client visits a business and sees it closed or boarded up for repairs, this person may assume that the business has closed down for good. In such a case, the individual may then shop at a competitor and you will have lost their business for good.
In addition, such a crime could also affect the reputation of your business. In general, people do not want to shop at businesses that they consider to be unsafe or unprotected.
Finally, failing to have proper security can cause your insurance costs to rise. Not only do many insurance companies offer discounted rates to those who have effective security systems installed but, in some cases, insurance companies will raise their rates if a business has experienced a break-in.
Physical Security Gates are Affordable and Durable
To protect your business and your bottom line, it’s important that you take steps to secure your property. One very effective way to do this is to install physical security gates.
Security gates are a barrier between criminals and your property. They render typical smash and grab robberies useless and make attacks with baseball bats, crowbars, bricks and other crude tools ineffective.
They also act as a visual deterrent. If a criminal sees that a property has security gates installed, they will be significantly less likely to attempt a break-in. This is a big advantage that security gates have over tools such as window film. Since criminals have no way of knowing that window film is installed until they’ve tried to break your windows, there is still a big risk of criminals damaging your property.
During business hours, physical security gates can be folded or rolled back in order to maintain the appearance of your property. When you close for the day, the gates can easily be locked to let criminals know that you’re serious about security.
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