Small Business Burglary Prevention

Entrances and Doors

  • Make sure all outside entrances and inside security doors have deadbolt locks. If you use padlocks instead make sure they are made of steel. Record the serial numbers of the locks but deface the number on the lock so that unauthorized keys can’t be made.
  • All outside or security doors should be metal lined and secured with metal security crossbars. Pin all exposed hinges to prevent removal.


  • Windows should have secure locks and burglar resistant glass. Additional security can be gained by inserting pins through the window and frame. Consider adding metal security grates on windows that are not in display or customer areas, or that are in remote areas of the building.


  • Light the inside and outside of your business, especially around doors, windows, or other entry points. Make sure exterior lighting is high enough to be out of reach or add covers to make tampering more difficult. Inside lighting helps police see anything unusual during routine patrols.
  • Check parking areas for adequate lighting and unobstructed views. One area often overlooked is the back of the business. Make sure the back door and loading or dock areas are well-lit.


  • Be sure your safe is fireproof and well anchored. Leave the safe open when it’s empty. Remember to change the combination when an employee who has had access to the safe leaves your employment. Never leave the combination written down anywhere in the business.

Security Alarm

  • Before you invest in an alarm check with several companies and decide what level of security you really need. Ask for references of other businesses in your area using the security company to see how they are really performing.