For both startup businesses and more established enterprises, crime is an unfortunate reality that you need to be prepared for. With the rise of cyber crime alongside other business-related offences, it is both increasingly important and difficult to protect your company against various potential risks.

Additionally, as any employer knows, it is essential to protect not just the interests of the business - such as stock, premises and assets - but also the welfare and safety of your staff as well. This article offers step-by-step advice to protect your business from crime.

1. Start with a risk assessment

While a risk assessment is usually associated with health and safety, taking a similar approach to security is a useful starting point for protecting your business. Applying the five steps to risk assessment within a security setting will help you to consider the various ways your business may be at risk from crime, that may not be apparent to you from the get-go.

As with all risk assessments, effective protection against crime comes through regular review, so make sure to reapproach your risk assessment regularly.

2. Protect your premises, assets and staff

Having assessed the potential risks relating to crime, you can then think about the best approach to installing the right security measures for your business. A good crime prevention strategy considers not just the premises themselves, but the various assets and stock you may have, and crucially the people who work in the building.

It is important, therefore, to install systems that work as both a deterrent to criminals, and as security should crime occur, while making sure that your security features are realistic, appropriate for your business and cost-effective.

3. Set up for cybercrime

Cybercrime is an increasing concern for businesses, simply because of the ease and anonymity afforded by the internet. It is important, therefore, to be aware of cybercrime yourself, and to educate your staff on how to prevent it occurring. Ensuring you have privacy policies and security protocol is a big first step in preventing cybercrime, so make sure your employees know what they can and can’t do online.

Making sure your internal networks, as well as portable devices, are regularly scanned will also help safeguard against cybercrime. You should also check your business partners, suppliers, and customers are legitimate to avoid various digital scams.

4. Continue to monitor your security measures over time

This article has stressed the importance of setting up security systems from the outset, in order to protect your business from crime. While this is a great start, it is essential to consistently assess and update your procedures as your business grows, in order to stay well protected from crime.

You can do this through internal risk assessments, as well as external surveys and audits, as well as constantly reviewing and updating policies. Unfortunately, crime will evolve as people find new ways to evade security measures, and continually monitoring your security on all fronts is essential in protecting your business from crime.

Author's Bio: 

Morgan Franklin is a freelance writer, editor and designer who works across various sectors and largely online. His work covers everything from business and politics to the environment, ethics and entertainment.