It was an ironic start to the week for us. Last week we had numerous chats about our back-up strategy and how we can improve it. With a number of backups taking place daily along with a weekly backup taking place every Friday, one would think that we are well covered. However you can never be too careful and there is always room for improvement. Security is one of those things that many don’t think about or put on the long finger. But following a break-in at our studio over the weekend, it brought our security measures into sharp focus.
Thank god the break in amounted to nothing more than a smashed window and some plugs pulled out as the would-be thief tried to disconnect the alarm! Luckily we have our alarm monitored, so the first call they make is to our office and we suspect this scared them off before they went through anything. Now we know they were most likely searching for cash, laptops, phones, cameras etc but it is not uncommon for damage to be done if none of the aforementioned items are available. So having work backed up is of paramount importance for any company. Equipment can be replaced quickly and easily but work cannot!
With the above in mind, here is a quick fire work and office security checklist that we have devised for anyone reading this blog. It’s especially for those who think it will never happen to them (We were one of those until two days ago!)
Backup all of your work DAILY! More than once if you can and especially if you work on a laptop. Even if someone doesn’t break in and steal or damage your work, computers fail all the time.
Take Backups off site. No point backing up on a nice little portable HDD or flash drive and leaving it on your table to be easily stolen. Take it home or lock it in a secure office safe. If you backup more than once during the day don’t keep all the backups together. Cars and houses get broken into to. Better still, backup in the cloud…dropbox being one of the most popular resources.
Don’t leave easy to rob items lying around. As mentioned above, most burglaries result in the loss of cash, laptops, phones, cameras etc. So don’t leave them lying around or on view in cars or kitchen and hall tables. We have all done it or we all do it!
Install an office alarm. Even if you think you have nothing of value to steal, think of the lost time and cost to you if someone breaks in and wrecks the place looking for those non-existent items. Ultimately it costs you. Prevention is better than cure.
Have your office alarm monitored. This alone prevented whoever broke into our office last weekend from pulling apart filing cabinets etc. Because the monitoring company rang the office first it was obvious that the police were en-route. No point having an unmonitored alarm especially if you office is in a non residential area. And even if it is, people ignore alarms long enough for your premises to be thoroughly searched.
CCTV. We currently don’t have such as system in place but it was the first thing the police asked us for. With a little research we are sure to pick a decent system up online at a reasonable cost which can be monitored from our smart phones. It is another layer than can do no harm.
Failing all the above you could always get yourself a nice bigass guard dog.