The first line of defense against burglars breaking into your building is using a strong door with a good lock. However, there are other things you can do to make your property safe and less attractive to burglars. Here are five things you can do to deter would-be burglars from breaking into your building.

1. Use Timers for Your Lights

Purchase timers for the lights in your building. Set the timers to turn the lights on and off at different times when you are closed. The lights going on and off will give the impression that a security guard or someone else is moving around inside the building. If a burglar is watching, they will think twice about trying to break into the building if they think someone is inside and will move on.

2. Pay Attention to Landscaping

Burglars like to hide behind small trees and bushes when breaking into a building. The coverage allows them to hide from neighbors and people passing by as they break or jimmy open a window. Remove any trees or bushes from in front of windows and doors to eliminate any potential hiding spots. Replace the trees and bushes with low-lying plants that will give the exterior of your business an attractive appearance while providing an extra level of security.

3. Install Security Signs and Dummy Cameras

Security system signs are highly effective for scaring off burglars. A potential thief has no way of knowing if the sign was planted as part of a legitimate security installation. Dummy cameras can have the same effect. If you can’t afford actual surveillance cameras, you can outfit the perimeter of your building with inexpensive dummy cameras that look just like the real thing, complete with blinking lights and security company insignia. Crooks can’t tell if the camera is legitimate, and they’ll usually proceed to a less risky target.

4. Don’t Advertise Your Belongings

Don’t leave valuable items out in the open, on trucks in the parking lot, or in plain sight along the side of the building. Keep things like copper wire and equipment safely locked up. You should also be mindful of what types of valuables are visible through your front windows.

5. Security Gates

Installing a security gate on your property is a good way to deter burglars and mischief. With a security gate, you can limit your entrances and exits to one or two distinct places and have a peace of mind that your belongings are securely locked in. There are a wide variety of security gates that can be made to have a decorative look and enhance the appearance of your building while providing an extra level of protection against burglars. Remember, burglars look for opportunities. Your job is to make your building look like a bad opportunity. This is easy to do; it just requires a bit of planning and preparation.

If you are looking for alternative ways to secure your business, Vortex is here to help. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you with a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.