Commercial Burglary Prevention
Commercial burglaries are often crimes of opportunity that occur after your
business closes. With a few simple steps, you can take an active role in reducing
your risk of becoming a victim.
First, consider how your property looks from the burglar’s view. The outward
appearance and security of the building may determine if a business will be
burglarized. An unlocked door or open window is an opportunity for a burglar to strike. Every opening
represents a potential security breach and should be inspected. Update or install locks, lighting and
Second, establish a closing routine or check list to make sure employees lock doors, windows and set
the alarm. Build a rapport with nearby business owners to discuss problems or nuisances and then
identify solutions that beneﬁ t everyone.
Doors & Locks:
◊ Secure doors, windows, skylights and other
openings with high quality locks.
◊ Locks are not burglar proof. They make entry
◊ Double cylinder, dead-bolt locks with one inch
throw bolts are preferred for doors.
◊ Install cylinder guards and strike plates to slow
down forced entry and prevent “jimmying.”
◊ Use heavy-duty solid construction for rear
doors with bars and u-brackets secured to the
structure for added strength.
◊ Alarms are an entry detection and notiﬁ cation
tool – not a physical barrier.
◊ Research alarm companies and request a
system which best ﬁ ts your needs.
◊ Hire a professional to install your alarm.
◊ Have clearly visible alarm signage.
◊ Test your system regularly.
◊ Train staff to avoid false alarms.
◊ Ensure all windows are closed and locked at the
end of the business day.
◊ Remove merchandise from display windows at
◊ Install burglar-resistant glass, wire mesh or iron
bars on windows.
◊ Rearrange merchandise so employees have
unobstructed views outside the business.
◊ Windows should offer light and visibility - NOT
◊ Light is one of the best crime deterrents.
◊ Use low-watt lights inside and bright lights
◊ Illuminate all entry points and exterior sides of
your business. Include alley and parking lot.
For emergencies, call 911
Lock your business at night.
Proper lighting deters crime.
Use your alarm system.
Work with neighboring businesses.
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