If the weather reports are saying a hurricane might be heading in your direction, you're probably worried about both your house and your business. Of course, a lot of damage can happen from the wind and the rain that goes along with a hurricane. However, you also have to worry about other things, such as the potential of looting during and after the storm. If this is something that you are worried about, consider these tips for protecting your business.
1. Protect Your Windows
If you own a business in a hurricane-prone area, putting in business impact windows can be a good idea. These can both help you protect your windows from breaking during the storm and prevent people from being able to break your windows for the purpose of looting. Another option is to put up boards to protect your windows. Even though these can be removed, this can make your business less appealing to someone who has stealing in mind and can work to protect your windows while the storm is blowing through.
2. Install Security Cameras
As a business owner, you probably already have security cameras in place. If you don't, however, now is a good time for you to invest in them. This can be a good thing for day-to-day operations, since it can help you prevent shoplifting and other crimes, even when there isn't a natural disaster going on. However, it can also help you protect your place of business during and after a hurricane, since a person who might be thinking about looting might think twice about targeting a building that has security cameras. Before the storm, make sure that your outdoor cameras are either waterproof or put in protective cases, and ensure that they are secure so that they will stay in place when the hurricane blows through. Additionally, make sure that your cameras are pointed at the areas that might be a target by looters, such as your windows and doors.
3. Secure Valuables
It's a good idea to secure valuables inside of your business whenever possible. For example, putting money and small, valuable items in your safe is a good idea. You can also consider taking certain items home and securing them until the storm blows over. Then, you won't have to worry about these items being stolen if someone breaks into your business.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for you to completely prevent looting after a hurricane. However, if you follow these tips, you can help protect your business as much as possible. Then, you will have one less thing to worry about while the storm is going on.