Whether you’re a new company just starting up or an established business, shopping for a new location is a big decision. Signing a commercial lease often requires the help of an attorney to make sure the terms are legal and in your best interest. But often, another major factor gets neglected in the process: security.
Before You Sign Your Commercial Lease
Before signing any commercial lease, evaluate the safety and security of the property. Speak with the property manager to learn how the building owner manages security. Learn who has access after business hours to the space you intend to lease and any common areas.
Then, scope out the security yourself. Visit the property in the evening to check lighting. Is the parking lot well-lit? How about the alleyway access? Also check the crime rates in the area you’re considering. Though not necessarily a measure of how secure the property is, crime rates may give you an idea of the risk you face by locating there.
Before You Move Into Your New Commercial Space
If you’re satisfied with the level of security and safety at the property and signed the lease, it’s time to consider the physical and electronic security measures you’ll install in your new workspace. At the very least, you’ll need to change the locks and make sure the exterior and interior doors are in good working order. Check the condition of the door frame, door jamb, and integrity of any glass paneling.
If the existing locks are old or worn, it may be best to have a professional locksmith upgrade them with the latest, most secure mechanisms. The locksmith can also repair faulty jambs and upgrade to more robust kick plates and deadbolts.
Once your doors are taken care of, consider whether you need to install undercounter steel, a safe, or even a vault to secure your physical assets inside your space. Financial assets, such as cash, and electronic ones, like hard drives, may benefit from the extra security steel provides.
Also consider the electronic security measures that may be appropriate for your business. Security cameras can monitor the interior and entryways of your space and integrate with your alarm system.
Cameras can also integrate with an electronic access control system. These systems use electronic key cards and door locks to manage who accesses your space. If your business is not open to the public, you may wish to use access control on exterior entrances. You can also use it inside to manage access to interior rooms that contain sensitive information. Access control systems are easy to manage because they are controlled online or with software. You can grant or deny access to cardholders with the click of a button.
Signing a commercial lease is a big decision, and so is determining how you’ll secure your space. To speak with a commercial security professional, contact TAMS today.