As the U.S. and global economies slow because of the major impact of COVID-19, you should prepare for the fact this may bring with it a need for additional building security in the facilities you manage.
Over 20 million Americans have filed for some form of unemployment benefits in the past month thanks to the far-reaching effects of this global pandemic, and whether or not we are technically in a recession, there’s no question that the growing unemployment rate can come with another negative side effect: an increase in crime.
As the facilities manager, you can take this as an opportunity to strengthen your commercial building security plan before you ever need it. You can put preventative measures in place to keep crime at bay in the buildings you manage.
What should you be doing to protect your facilities? What do you need to know to shield your building from break-ins and theft?
If we use the 2007-2008 recession as an indicator, we know that during the financial crisis, there were measurable increases in crime. A 2009 Police Executive Research Forum study states that 44 percent of respondents saw some kind of increase in crime during the recession. What else did they see?
There is an undeniable link between unemployment and a suffering economy and an increase in crime and theft. The economic impact has been immediate—we don’t know the long-term implications of how this pandemic will affect our economy.
With the severe economic repercussions so many businesses are already experiencing, you need to prepare the facilities you manage accordingly.
Do you have a commercial building security plan in place? How does it apply to our current situation? Chances are you have some disaster plans in place, but you may want to revisit them to see how they apply to our current situation.
How can you make your building more secure? Here are a few ideas, thanks to Facilities Net:
You also can make sure that your building is well lit. Illumination is a remarkable deterrent for aggressors who aren’t sure who might be there to witness them or what security cameras might be able to catch if things are well lit.
Everyone is working from home, and no one is in your building, so you should consider holding off on having the building cleaned, right? Think again. It’s a good idea to have an ongoing presence inside your buildings—to make sure that someone is there checking up on things. One way to prevent crime is to keep up the cleaning and maintenance of your building.
Occupancy is a great crime deterrent, which is why you want to do as much as possible to make your presence known in your building or at the very least make it seem like you are checking on things even if you and your building’s occupants have to work remotely right now.
Keeping up the appearance of your building—keeping floors swept and mopped, windows washed, rooms dusted, and more—can establish presence and care of your building, which can keep burglars at bay. Add in the presence of Miami janitorial services, and you are saying to potential criminals, “Don’t come here—we’re occupied.”
If your building houses essential businesses and you have occupants during the day, why not hire night-time office cleaning services in Miami to clean as part of your commercial building security plan? Not only will your office need regular sanitizing to keep germs at bay, but you’ll have an around-the-clock presence in your facility.
All Building Cleaning Corp. offers commercial cleaning in Miami that far surpasses what our competitors can offer for office buildings, retail and grocery stores, auto dealerships, condominiums, and more. We can keep your building clean and disinfected during this unparalleled global pandemic, and we know that having a clean, well-maintained building is a crucial step in your commercial building security plan too.
We want to help you keep your building clean and secure during these challenging times. Request a quote today, and add an extra security measure to protect your facility and keep it clean and sanitized.