As COVID-19, or the coronavirus, spreads more rapidly across California (and the rest of the country), there are a lot of questions that we don’t have the answers to. After all, this is an unprecedented pandemic and that means scientists are scrambling to find answers about the virus itself while the rest of us are struggling to figure out how to adjust to the myriad changes happening in our lives.
As a business owner of any kind, we know that times right now are particularly crazy. Essential services are struggling to figure out how to keep spaces safe and clean for employees, while non-essential services are concerned about keeping their business safe and operating remotely as much as possible.
Start With a Security Self-Assessment
Before you start worrying about making upgrades to your security system, it’s always a good idea to review what you already have and take note of potential concerns. If your business is amongst those that are fully shut down, you should have a list of anyone who can access the property, as well as a way to revoke or pause that access through the shutdown. Ideally, you should also have a way to be notified if someone enters the building before we get permission to return to normal operations. In both instances, a wifi-connected access control system can give you greater flexibility over identification codes and access, as well as allow you to receive immediate notifications if someone enters the building.
If your business is open during the coronavirus shutdowns, even if it’s restricted to partial operations, there are still a few security measures you should have in place. First and foremost, make sure you have a well-organized schedule of who is allowed access to the building, and at what times they are scheduled to be in. At this point, a digital access control system will give you the flexibility and control you need.
In either case, your business’s security is only as strong as the physical locks. As you do your security assessment, this is the time to look for any locks that aren’t working properly, since those will be the most likely targets of burglary. Check every lock and keep an eye out specifically for:
- If the throw (the part that inserts into the door frame) does not fully extend into the doorframe.
- If the lock feels loose/wobbly when locking or unlocking.
- If the lock is too stiff and hard to turn when locking or unlocking.
If you notice any of these issues, you’ll want to get professional lock repair or replacement before relying on those locks as the first line of defense for your space.
Managing Operational Needs Remotely
Aside from physical security, one of the biggest concerns many business owners face now that they haven’t before is the issue of handling the physical operation of your space remotely. For instance, you may need to still accept deliveries and allow the driver some level of access without being present when the delivery is made. Amazon offers a smart key system called Key by Amazon to allow for contact-free delivery into any space that is set up with this system. Outside of that, you can discuss things like a master key system or a keyless entry lock so you can provide a secure, monitorable way to get those deliveries. This can also be a good way to set temporary access for an employee without going down in person to let them into the building.
Looking for more ways to keep your business secure through the shutdown (and beyond)? Connect with Redlands Lock and Key to work with an experienced, local locksmith and protect your space. Call for service in Redlands, Loma Linda, Beaumont, and across the Inland Empire.