Addressing security issues for a small business can often be forgotten among the many other concerns that come with forming an LLC, but protecting an office, inventory and the safety of employees and customers is critical.
According to SmallBusinessDelivered.com, some simple and inexpensive steps can dramatically increase security at small businesses.
Proper lighting, both interior and exterior, is important to assure the safety and comfort of customers, as well as employees. Exterior lighting can help deter potential thieves or burglars. Many insurance companies provide discounts for having security lighting or motion detector lights installed at a business.
Financial security can also be protected with code-keyed entry locks for employees. This helps monitor who is accessing the business at what time.
The website recommends having three or four security companies bid on providing a comprehensive security system, which could include 24-hour monitoring, video surveillance or alarms.
Not all theft can be prevented with security locks and lighting, however. Small businesses are victims of fraud and embezzlement more frequently than larger companies, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. More than one-third of all fraud affects companies with fewer than 100 employees, with an average loss of $150,000.