Small business security

Our Top Security Tips for Small Business Owners

As a business owner, you have a lot on your daily and weekly to do list – from managing staff and payroll through to keeping on top of sales figures and marketing activity. But how high up does security feature on your to do list?

Security covers a whole range of issues; the people you employ, the security products you have in place, your processes and policies to name a few.

The tips below have been written to help you think through the different areas of security for you and your company and can be used as a checklist to ensure you have the main areas covered.

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How to Keep your Home Secure – National Home Security Month 2019

How secure would you say your home is? It would seem that a good number of adults in the UK are confident that their home and possessions are safe with 28% not taking any security precautions at all.

However, the stats from the Office of National Statistics say otherwise with theft rates having risen by 13% between March 2017 and March 2019. That’s why Yale’s National Home Security Month seeks to highlight how homeowners can keep their homes more secure with a different focus for each week of October.

Read on to find out more about the security issues that are being focussed on this National Home Security Month.

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Guide To Securing Your Garage - Featured - Thornhill Security

The Ultimate Guide to Securing Your Garage

If like many Brits, you store valuables such as power tools, bikes and vehicles in your garage, it is important to ensure that you take the necessary steps to prevent break-ins and theft.

As well as the valuables that may be stored inside, garages are often connected to the home, giving intruders access to the property through the garage which is usually the weakest point.

To ensure your garage doesn’t become an easy target for thieves, we have highlighted everything you need to know about garage security, including the best tips and security products for keeping your garage and the valuables within secure at all times.

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Security Considerations When Caring For The Elderly

Are you someone who is caring for an elderly person on a long-term basis?

Whether you’re a paid carer, or just looking after a friend, neighbour, parent or other close relative, we understand how important it is for you to make sure that they are safe when in their home.

At Thornhill Security, we have a wide selection of specialist products designed to maintain high levels of security across your home, so you can have complete peace of mind that they will be safe in their home and able to be more independent.

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Inherited a Vault or Strong Room? Here’s What to Do Next

Vault being removed from old building society

With banks, building societies and post offices across the UK closing down at a fast rate, property developers, architects, construction companies, business owners and others buying commercial premises are faced with a new challenge – inheriting a vault or strong room.

Purchasing a building that has a disused vault or strong room door may seem like a benefit at first, after all, it’s a free security addition to the building. However, these robust specialist security products are generally above and beyond what a regular business needs and can be costly to remove.

Find out more about why banks leave their security products behind, and what options are available to you if you’ve purchased a commercial building with a vault, large safe or strong room door present.

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Case Study: Inheriting a Strong Room & Drop Safe

Banks and building societies require the highest level of security attainable, with the movement and storage of money being the core function of the organisation. With the threat of robbery and terrorism being higher in comparison to the standard high street stores, it is crucial that banks invest their money into the highest quality of security available.

However, due to the nature of the robust security options chosen, it’s not uncommon for banks to leave behind bulky safes, strong rooms and vaults when selling a building, making it the next owner’s responsibility upon purchase of the premises.

For some buyers, the readily installed security systems are useful but for others, they are a nuisance.

In this case study, we look at the story of a client who contacted us after purchasing an old building society building and how we were able to help them. Continue reading

Air B&B Host? Our Top Tips for Securing Your Property

Tips For Securing Your B&B Image - ThornhillShort-term rentals are becoming increasingly popular, and there are a lot of homeowners out there that are finding that they can pull in a tidy income by renting out their homes to guests who prefer a personal approach in comparison to the traditional hotels out there.

Airbnb is a fantastic way to put your spare space to good use, and it’s convenient and easy to use the site for those who have no idea where to start. It’s not always plain sailing, while it may seem really easy: list your property, find tenants over the summer and bring in some cash – it’s not always that simple. All you have to do is search for ‘bad Airbnb guest reviews’ and bam, you’re in the rabbit hole and you end up believing that renting out your house is a bad idea.

From property damage to social media party frenzies, there are horror stories out there. The question is whether you are willing to see past the 5% of stories that are bad in comparison to the 95% of stories about Airbnb guests that are positive. Airbnb does a fantastic job of screening tenants and there are options for cover for some types of property up to $1 million, but they can’t cover everything. There are some things that are up to you to secure yourself, such as your personal information or important documents that you left behind in the rental.

There are ways as an Airbnb host that you can protect yourself against the threats out there, and you absolutely should look into these if you want your home to stay as secure as possible. Below, you will find some of the best tips that we’ve got to protect yourself and your valuables when renting out your property on Airbnb.

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New Years Resolutions For Your Office Security

New Years Resolutions 2019 ImageWith January well under way, those who work in or manage office buildings will likely have a lot on their plates, whether it’s budgeting, marketing or reviewing staff for the new year – but how much time do you spend reviewing your office security?

We’ve always been committed to providing robust, industry-leading products and services for offices, regardless of size or budget. In this blog post, we will cover the main areas of office security to review in 2017 to reduce the risk of crime at your office.

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Don’t let your Van be an Easy Target for Break Ins

According to Insurance figures, there are over 225,000 break-ins or attempted break-ins to vans each year, and these are just the ones that are reported. This equates to an average of 624 times per day that van owners or operators are targeted by thieves. Vans are of specific interest as they will usually contain valuable equipment or stock of some sort.

Van thieves are getting increasingly clever and staying one step ahead of them with good security is the key to deterring them. Often these road side break-ins need to be accomplished quickly before the culprits are seen, so adding extra security to the vehicle will not only act as a deterrent but will buy time so they are less likely to be able to finish the job before they are disturbed. Continue reading

Going Away This Christmas? – Thornhill’s Top Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe

With longer nights and shorter days, winter becomes a prime time for burglars to operate, with an average 25% spike in home burglaries over autumn and winter.

What’s more, the Christmas period sees more high-value gifts be put at risk when left unsecured, making easy pickings for potential burglars.

However, there is plenty you can do to protect your home and valuables this festive season.  Read our latest blog to find our top tips for keeping your home and valuables safe over Christmas, with product recommendations and practical advice from the experts.  Continue reading