If you are a property owner or business orerator - are you doing enough to secure your business or protect your employees or property?
Business or property owners are required to take reasonable steps to protect tenants, employees and customers from foreseeable harm. Employers also have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace for employees and this generally includes protection from criminal acts that are foreseeable. Schools, apartment buildings, day care centers, hospitals, and other facilities also have a duty to provide a reasonable degree of security for their students, residents, patients, employees, customers, and visitors.
Having a well thought-out security system in place can reduce the changes of crimes taking place. The following are examples of how business or property owners can fail to take proper responsability for security measures in their place of business or property:
- Lack of awareness of current crime conditions at the property and in the surrounding community.
- Inadequate or outdated security plans and procedures.
- Not consistently following established security plans or procedures.
- Lack of adequate employee training.
- Lack of adequate physical security measures.
- Lack of adequate security staff.
- Failure to conduct security background checks on employees and contractors.
- Inadequate lighting at building entrances, in parking garages, or in commercial business car parks.
- Poorly maintained facilities - broken doors and locks, overgrown landscaping, etc.
- Inoperative or poorly maintained security system equipment: defective cameras, inoperative panic alarms, etc.
- Ignoring complaints about crime or security from tenants, employees, customers and guests.
- Failure to take workplace violence threats seriously.
- Inconsistencies in security staffing that are not supported by risk assessment data; for example, having security officers on duty at some times but not others solely to reduce costs.
- Inconsistencies in security systems that are not supported by risk assessment data; for example, having cameras in one area of the facility but not another exclusively for budgetary reasons.
- Over representing or overselling the level of security that is provided; for example, using statements such as "security building", "completely safe", "crime-free"; stating that areas are under "24 Hour Surveillance" when in fact they are not.
- Reducing the level of security provided at the facility for budgetary reasons without a corresponding reduction in the level of security risk.
- Ignoring increased levels of crime in the surrounding neighborhood and failing to make corresponding improvements in the facility's security program.
- Failing to provide a level of security that is equal to or greater than that provided in similar neighboring facilities.
- Failure to adequately protect confidential information such as employee records, medical records, credit information, or proprietary information owned by others.
If you would like to speak to someone about increasing your property or business security measures, contact us today