Around 23% of UK SMEs implement minimal visitor security measures while 35% have no security processes at all, finds a study conducted by Digital ID.
The vast majority of SMEs use only locks or security lights to protect their business, with almost two-thirds admitting that they are not used during the daytime. Just 41% utilise additional security systems, such as restrictive access and identification cards.
As an article on the Small Business website reports, a notable 20% of SMEs have suffered a security breach in the past twelve months; however, it seems that businesses still aren’t taking the issue seriously. Just one breach could have huge financial implications, as well as negatively impacting consumer trust and staff morale.
Digital marketing manager at Digital ID, Adam Bennet, said SMEs at the very least should have security processes in place to safeguard themselves against cyber-attacks. Yet, businesses such as building and construction firms should take additional measures in order to protect valuable items and equipment from being stolen, he added.
“It’s surprising how much we hear of this kind of security breach, with a lot of it happening in broad daylight,” Bennet said. It is not just physical items that could be stolen, but also sensitive data such as payment details and intellectual property, which could tarnish a business’ reputation and cost it thousands of pounds.
Along with having robust commercial insurance, there are a number of other security measures that will help a business safeguard its assets. Such measures include cyber security to restrict data access and protect intellectual property from viruses and hackers; ID and swipe cards to restrict area access; and staff and visitor ID cards to enable the business to monitor people entering the building.
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