Every office needs a comprehensive security policy. Here are three tips to follow.

Do you manage an office? If so, it’s time to think about your workplace’s security plans.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a tiny startup or a corporation with thousands of people on the payroll. All offices contain valuable items — from the computers and servers that make up your tech to the confidential details of your records. You may even hold cash on the premises.

Having a comprehensive security policy will not only protect your assets and employees, but it may also reduce your insurance premiums when you can prove you’re taking the appropriate steps to safety.

While the nature of your business may be entirely unique, every office could benefit from following these three tips.

1. A Monitored Alarm System

If criminals ignore the signs declaring you’re protected by an alarm, triggering the system will send out an alarm on location while alerting your security team and police of the situation. The piercing alarm ringing in the night is a considerable deterrent to would-be thieves, as few people want to hang around after they trip it.

This system is especially useful if you don’t have a security team on the premises 24/7. These alarms can stand-in for security personnel in a way that won’t compromise your safety. The electronic signal dispatches the authorities to the scene automatically, ensuring it wastes zero time.

2. Secure ID Card System

Controlling who can access your building or secure area is an essential part of any security protocol. Sophisticated id card access control systems will help you secure your office equipment, reduce security threats, and ensure your employees’ safety.

There are a variety of ID card access control systems that can be scaled to your needs depending on the size of your organization and the nature of your work.

You may only need photo ID badges to verify the identity of employees and visitors. Or, you may need an ID badge that can be scanned, swiped, or inserted into an access card holder to control who can enter and when.

3. Cleaning and Disinfecting

As more office workers return to work after the lockdown, don’t overlook your duty to keep your workspace clean and hygienic. You have a responsibility as an employer to maintain a safe work environment.

While it may seem like this task is insurmountable, thorough and regular disinfection routines have a considerable impact; they will considerably reduce the viral risk of COVID-19. For ideas on how to do that, the CDC offers guidelines on how to disinfect workplaces effectively once you return to the office.

You may even consider switching to a prox card security system to replace your traditional ID badge reader. A proximity card doesn’t require its user to swipe or insert it into an access card holder; it’s a contactless security feature that reduces how many shared surfaces your employees must handle.

Evaluate Your Security Plans Regularly

Never set your office security policy in stone. It should be a flexible plan that reflects your ever-changing needs. So, while incorporating the security features listed here today will improve your policy, you aren’t done yet. Check-in on this policy regularly to ensure everything’s working as it should.