General Crime and Fire Prevention
- Ensure all exterior doors have deadbolt locks with a minimum one inch bolt into the strike plate.
- Secure exposed exterior door hinge pins to prevent their removal.
- Protect all grade floor glass through the use of bars, metal screens or burglary resistant glazing materials.
- Install an alarm system that is monitored offsite. Look for a system certified by the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
- Provide serviced, multi-purpose fire extinguishers on your premises and instruct all staff in their use.
Protecting Computer Equipment & Data
- Clamp or lock PCs to desks/work stations.
- Back-up data and programs regularly and store off-site.
- Do not leave laptop computers unsecured or unattended.
- Maintain records of serial numbers for all of your computer equipment.
Business Interruption Prevention
- Use an accountant to prepare financial statements and audit your books.
- Maintain a list of secondary suppliers in case of an issue with a primary supplier.
- Have a plan of how to continue to service your customers while your premises are being repaired after a loss.
- Duplicate your business records and store them off-site.
Contractors’ Loss Prevention Tips
- Keep tools and equipment in a locked area when not in use.
- Tools should be stamped with an identification number to assist in recovery.
- Any on-site storage of materials should be in a secure storage area.
- Secure electrical cords that pass through pedestrian areas to avoid tripping.
- Keep public traffic areas cleaned regularly.
- Contact local utilities to locate underground services if required.
- Store flammable liquids in approved containers.
- Fire extinguishers of the appropriate type should be available at all times.
- Certificates of liability should be obtained from all subcontractors.
- New equipment should be tested and inspected when the work is completed.
- Ensure that the project complies with all applicable codes and standards.
- Keep records of all jobs including plans, testing documents and approvals.
Office Loss Prevention Tips
- Avoid overloading of electrical outlets.
- Ensure that any required electrical modifications are done by an electrician.
- Ensure life and safety features (fire alarms, exit signs and emergency lights) are operational and serviced as per the fire code.
- Clean all spills or wet floors immediately.
Commercial Vehicles Loss Prevention Tips
- Be selective when hiring drivers for your vehicles.
- Drivers should never pick up hitchhikers or allow any unauthorized drivers of the vehicle.
- Regular maintenance should be completed by qualified mechanics.
- Inspect vehicles daily against a standardized checklist.
- Secure the load properly to prevent spilling on the roadways.
- Always lock the vehicle.
- Never leave the engine running while your vehicle is unattended.
- Keep valuable items concealed.
- Receiving party should sign for all deliveries.
Retail Loss Prevention Tips
- Keep combustible material away from heaters or electrical equipment.
- Keep stock more than 18 inches below the sprinkler heads.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
- Keep stock off the floor.
- Have a well-lit store – front, rear and interior.
- Limit the amount of cash in the till.
- If open long hours, consider a closed circuit cameras and alarms.
- Make regular bank deposits.
- Install anti-shoplifting devices and surveillance equipment.
- Ensure life and safety features (fire alarms, exit signs and emergency lights) are operational and serviced as per fire code specifications.
- Ensure exit doors are unlocked during store hours.