Don't Let Crime Destroy Your Business!

Crime and your business

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Unfortunately, crime exists. It’s just a fact of life. You may have been the victim of crime dozens of times in your life, or never at all. While crime isn’t going to disappear any time soon, business owners can still take steps to reduce the risk of crime against their business. If you’ve just started your venture or you want top up security, here’s some advice for protecting your business from crime.

Intellectual property in your business

We’ll start with the most basic principle in business law; protecting your intellectual property. Your intellectual property can make up some of your most valuable assets. However, if you don’t take the steps to protect it, losing it to a “thief” may not even constitute a crime! Intellectual property includes your logo, your company name, domain name, and the construction or recipes of your products. Before you go public, make sure you have all the necessary patents, copyrights and other legalese in place. You may think that some of your intellectual property is close to worthless right now, and you may be right! However, you don’t want to lose your intellectual assets once you’ve expanded and they’ve started gathering value.
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These days, one of the biggest crimes facing businesses is hacking and other forms of cyber-crime. As the internet becomes more accessible across the world, this threat is only going to increase. Make sure you’re taking steps to secure yourself against it. Keep all the operating systems at your company updated and patched regularly, and make sure you’re using a reputable anti-virus and spyware program. You should also be very selective about administrative rights. Check who’s able to install new software on your company computers today. This is another measure which will reduce the risk of virus attacks. Blocking access to restricted sites will also stop hackers from accessing your cloud storage. All these restrictions may make it harder to work at first. However, you’ll find a good balance soon enough.

Business security

Finally, the physical security of your business premises. With all the threats coming from cyber space these days, it can be easy to forget about the security of your physical assets. However, burglaries and robberies still happen, so it’s not something you can afford to neglect! Make sure your business premises is fitted with reliable doors and windows, with locks that won’t break as soon as you jimmy them a little. Getting a CCTV system is also a good idea. This will not only help the chances of the criminal getting caught, but can also reduce the price of your insurance premiums. Get a burglar alarm fitted as well, with signs warning off criminals - burglars may be malicious, but they’re no more stupid than your average man on the street. Finally, get a contract with a local security firm, especially if you’re in an industrial area.

Take these steps, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your business is protected from crime. If and when a crime does happen, you’ll be in a much better position than you would otherwise.

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