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Your Other Front Door?

Hey there,

Rick Smith here at Community Lock & Safe Service, Inc. and I wanted to share with you one of the more commonly overlooked aspects of keeping your business safe from burglars.

You may go to great lengths to make sure that your place of business is well protected; security cameras, lighting, well thought out safety procedures and so on.  You might have installed a steel, aluminum alloy, or hardwood door with burglar resistant glass, non-removable hinge pins, and heavy duty multiple point long flush bolts.  And you’re probably feeling pretty confident that you’ve done everything you can to keep your business safe.

But believe it or not, even people who have gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of their business still frequently overlook something else that is just as important: windows and other smaller openings.  To the burglar, they’re like your other front door.

For some reason business owners often put all of their focus into having a door like a fortress and forget that there are other points of entry that burglars seek out.

Windows are a major factor, but this also includes ventilation openings, air conditioning ducts, doors that lead out onto the roof, skylights, fire escapes, and crawl spaces.  One weak point can make all of your other security efforts useless.

Here are some simple things that you can do to keep the other openings in your business safe:

  • All windows that open should have locking pins, bolts our latches on the inside, and should be secured at all times when they are not open for use.
  • All windows should be protected with burglar resistant glass.
  • Depending on your needs, you might want to consider installing grills, grates, bars, or even heavy-duty screening or Mylar on windows.
  • Secure other openings such as skylights and vents with bars or grates.
To Your Safety,

-Rick Smith
Community Lock & Safe Service, Inc.

PS – If you know any business owners who could benefit from this information, feel free to forward it to them.