Crime Prevention Tips: How To Protect Your Business in South Africa

Crime Prevention Tips: How to protect your business from crime in South Africa

“The high crime rate is a reality of doing business in South Africa. Smaller companies, with fewer resources to secure themselves, are particularly vulnerable. Find out what basic measures you can put in place to make your business less of a target.” via sme

Securing your business and your employee’s is one of the single most important investments you can make as an employer / business owner.  

Prevent employee theft

Minimise the opportunity for internal theft and fraud by putting in place the following controls:

It is critical to: Put strict policies in place:

  • Never allow only one person to record and process transactions
  • Restrict access to financial assets and information to authorised employees only
  • Develop internal controls for initiating, authorising and reviewing transactions
  • Do regular stock-taking to ensure all supplies and equipment are accounted for

Have a strict recruitment procedure: When it comes to hiring new staff, don’t cut corners. You want to ensure that each member of staff has been checked by contacting their references. Having the ability and skill to fulfil the role they’ve applied for is half the job done for you – the rest relies on their honesty and integrity:

Useful tips via sme

  • Check to see if the person has any criminal records
  • Verify that educational qualifications are from recognised institutions
  • Call at least two previous employers to confirm his/her position, length of employment and why he/she left

  • Team up with other local businesses and share security tips, incidents of crime or suspicious activities, and potentially even the costs of hiring security companies to patrol the area
  • Remind local residents that your security also benefits them. Encourage them to report crime to the police and inform you of any incidents
  • Community Policing Forums have proven very effective in reducing crime in various areas. Contact other businesses, community leaders and the local police station to find out how you can work together to combat crime
  • Establish a good relationship with the neighbourhood police. Support their crime-busting initiatives and ask them to regularly update you on criminal activity in the community

Other tips

  • Hire permanent security guards to patrol the premises and keep track of people coming in and out. Make sure that these guards have been properly checked out
  • Install CCTV cameras to ‘keep an eye’ on the property, especially at night
  • Spotlights with motion sensors can act as a deterrent for would-be criminals
  • Install tracking devices on all company vehicles and send your drivers on an anti-hijacking course
  • Vary the times of doing and taking deliveries, when you do your banking, etc. Having the same schedule every day can make you a target for robbery
  • Encourage employees to be vigilant when entering and leaving the premises, and to make sure they have secured their property and vehicles
  • And finally, make sure your business is adequately insured against crime. There’s nothing worse than having to pay out of your own pocket to replace stolen goods or repair related damage

 

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