Many of us work from home nowadays, which means that anything related to our business is within the four walls of our house. Most of the time, home insurance won’t cover your stock, equipment and other business materials if your house is broken into. Unless you want to fork out for extra insurance then it is vital to keep your business and your home protected. Here are our top tips for doing just that.
The first thing to consider is a home security system, in order to keep your home and business protected. There are a wide range of security systems available, depending on how big your property is and how protected you want it to be. Some people opt for a simple alarm system, which works on a motion sensor. If somebody were to enter your house then the alarm would sound, waking up you and probably the entire street. Some of these systems can also be connected straight to your phone line, to let the alarm company and the police know that there has been a break in. If you keep your business stock and equipment at home then it may be worth adding extra security to those areas. CCTV cameras, extra locks and access-control systems can all help keep the business part of your home safe.
Whether your business is based at home or not, it is always recommended to be able to defend yourself in case of intruders. Our businesses may have a lot of expensive stock or equipment that a burglar could want, in which case no form of alarm is going to deter them from trying to grab at least some of it. There are various ways to defend yourself if the worst were to happen including:
Self Defense Classes – Have you ever thought about taking some form of self defense course? This will not only be helpful at home and work, but also for everyday life. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use anything you’ve learnt, but it’s better to be safe!
Weapons – We’re not saying you have to keep a drawer full of 357 mag ammo in case the worst were to happen, but a weapon may be your best option for defense. Depending on where you live there will be laws and regulations on what type of self defense weapon you can use. In most cases, mace or pepper spray will be the safest option.
SAS Self Defense Handbook – This is by far one of the best bits of self defense literature you will ever get your hands on. Learn tips and tricks from trained professionals on how to keep yourself safe in any situations.
Protecting Important Data
It isn’t just equipment and valuables that intruders may try to get their hands on; it can be important and sensitive data too. This could completely ruin the reputation of your business and also facilitate fraud. In order to keep important data protected make sure you keep all sensitive documents under lock and key; locked filing cabinets are fine. The same applies to your computer, which should be password protected. If you keep sensitive data on your computer, such as customers’ card details, then ensure that area is password protected again. The more difficult you make it for a potential thief or intruder, the more likely they are to give up.
We all hope and pray that nothing happens to us, that could jeopardize the safety and security of our business. Sometimes, however, these things just happen, and it’s best to be fully prepared. Use our top tips to ensure you’re prepared for any eventuality.