Contributed by: Gerard Nolan, Assistant General Manager of Protective Services at Certis Security Australia
The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted businesses all across the world, with Australian organisations being no exception. Unfortunately, due to the crisis, many businesses have had to close their doors or have a reduced presence onsite; this means they face a greater risk of theft, damage and safety concerns.
This is why it’s more important than ever to ensure your business is protected and able to deter any unwanted visitors. But how can you do that exactly? It is no longer enough to install CCTV surveillance and expect it will deter intruders - in many cases, criminals expect to be monitored on camera and simply cover their face to avoid getting caught.
Today, the focus of security is not just to deter, but to protect and respond in real-time.
During times such as these, many business managers fall into the trap of thinking security isn’t a necessary expense because they’ve never had an issue. However, with a reduced presence onsite, potential intruders begin to look at your premises as an attractive target for theft or damage.
If there was ever a time to review your business’ security—now is that time.
At Certis Security Australia, we recognise that it’s not business-as-usual. As such, we’re now offering security patrols including a free site inspection and assessment—because we want businesses to remain protected, and come out the other side of COVID-19 safer. The presence of security officers is a natural deterrent for intruders, but in the event they do decide to venture into unwanted territory, our professional officers can protect your business and manage the situation appropriately, always keeping the best interests of your business at the core of what we do.
In addition to the above, businesses such as supermarkets are currently faced with the challenge of enforcing social distancing, given the large number of people that attend at once—unfortunately, many frontline employees are asked to police this, as well as do their “normal” job, which today is anything but normal. Business leaders should remove this burden from their employees and engage external resources for support. As part of our extended offering, our frontline staff are trained to manage large groups of people during COVID-19. Our employees are trained to enforce social distancing, crowd control, temperature testing and employee welfare checks; meaning your workers can focus on delivering their best for your business.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking everything will be alright because your business has never been the target of theft or damage. During uncertain times, it’s important to take certain actions—that is, protecting your assets. For more information on how we can work with you, and support your business during COVID-19, get in touch with us here.