Are security grilles still the perfect security measure for your shop?Feature of the week
If you walk down any high street in the country, you will have seen shops and businesses with their windows secured by security grilles, thus protecting them from damage and burglary. The benefits of having security grilles, rather than roller shutters, is so people can still see the goods you have for sale even when your shop is closed.
Protecting your stock
An article on the BBC website explains how a man in Norwich was trapped in a jewellers shop by security grilles when he tried to run off with items valued at around £4,000.
The staff decided to lower the shutters, while the man continued to use a hammer on the windows, but he didn’t stop and was caught. Security Direct can supply you with these to protect your shop or business from a similar situation occuring on your premises.
The cost of crime
Crime in the UK cost retailers an estimated £603 million in 2014. If you don’t have grilles or shutters protecting your business because you think it is going to cost you too much money then you should take into account your insurance premiums.
Some insurers insist on the retailer or business having secure window bars fitted and others will not cover you unless you have internal shutters but will if you have external ones fitted.
Prevention is better than cure
If you have been burgled you will know how costly and demoralising such an experience is. Therefore to prevent this happening in the first place, it’s important that you protect all of your entrances or exits by fitting secure doors or shutters. If you are unsure what to do contact your local police force and ask to see their crime prevention officer.
These trained professionals will come to your premises and look for any weaknesses in your shop’s security. It’s easy to overlook something simple such as a small side window.
Advertising your goods
Many shop owners have roller shutters fitted, but then have problems with graffiti. Having grilles fitted can overcome this problem and will also allow people to see the goods you have in your shop. This protection can either be fitted externally or internally depending on your building.
In some areas where you have listed buildings you might not be allowed to fit your grilles on the outside of your shop, you will therefore have to have discrete bars or internal protection fitted.
Fire exits and fire safety
Working in small premises without air-conditioning in the summer can become uncomfortable and you may want to leave your fire exit open to allow some fresh air in, but this can be an invitation to thieves. There are a wide range of security grilles available which can be fitted across any exit.
These can only be unlocked from the inside and run along tracks at the top and bottom, allowing you to leave the doors open. Knowing that your shop is safe from burglars allows you to continue working and enjoy some fresh air at the same time.
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