Demonstrations are nothing new. In fact, they are an acceptable part of running a business. The problem is when these acts of protest turn violent. From Alaska to Maine, every city has experienced some sort of violent demonstration. If you are concerned about the disruptive effects protests and demonstrations can have on your company, you need to plan for these events before you are overwhelmed by the crowd. Your Myrtle Beach door professionals at Coastal Contract Hardware would like you to consider implementing some, if not all, of the precautionary measures below.
Myrtle Beach Door Professionals Suggest You Review Your Security Measures
Businesses can reduce the risk of protests to their business, employees, and customers by always making security a top priority. The first step is to have someone review existing security policies and oversee the entire security planning process. This security manager should be in charge of producing an assessment of risks, devising contingency plans, creating a working security policy, and running security drills. This manager should also be the one in charge of contacting police and emergency services if necessary.
Secure the perimeter
Large businesses can rely on an access control system to secure their premises, but if your business isn’t that large, you won’t likely have the budget for such systems, so have security officers monitor and protect the area instead. That said, it helps to know what’s yours and what’s not regarding your property–let the public access public property, but don’t let them into your private property line and easements. Assign a manager who will sign a trespassing complaint and represent the business in court as needed.
Set emergency lockdown and evacuation procedures
If protesters congregate outside of your building, you need to quickly lock your property down and limit access to employees only. Designate an exit away from the demonstration for your employees to use. Have security officers at the door check the IDs of employees in case you need some of your people to re-enter the premises. These officers should be easily identified, trained, and briefed as to their roles and responsibilities when a protest gets out of hand.
Inform and look after your staff
The safety of both staff and clients is the first priority of any business. Keep your staff informed and updated about what the protestors are doing to allay their fears and keep them from panicking, and in turn, have them inform your clients. Keeping staff informed at every stage includes using all the communication tools at your disposal, including verbal announcements, email, intercom, etc.
Contact the police
People have the right to assemble and express their dissatisfaction, but this right does not include the use of violent or threatening behavior, and the police are tasked to deal with these unruly acts if they ever happen. Likewise, individuals protesting on your private property without your permission can be charged with trespassing. If you feel that your rights as a business owner are being violated, contact your police department.
Use surveillance cameras
It doesn’t matter how small your business is–having surveillance cameras monitor every inch of your business premises always pays off. Proper maintenance and operation of these systems is vital to provide you with a visual, timed record of everything that’s happening in your place of business. Ensure that the videos you take are high quality and come with a time stamp. Keep your videos stored for a maximum of 31 days.
It helps to have your entryways built using high quality products and installed by professionals. This includes your entry doors, garage doors, door frames, and security locks. For quality security products and installation services, you can trust Myrtle Beach door professionals such as Coastal Contract Hardware to deliver.
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