If you are considering a new location for your business and would like to get an understanding of the safety in the area, you have several options. Factors that are commonly taken into account when deciding on a move such as cost and convenience are important, but a safe location can be an essential part of your success. It can reduce security risks and go a long way toward attracting and retaining top talent. Here’s how you can evaluate a neighborhood before you move or expand your business.
Talk to area businesses
Current business owners can provide an overview of the kinds of risks to expect in the area. While this isn’t a scientific or quantitative approach, it can give you an informal assessment of issues they are experiencing in the neighborhood such as vandalism or break-ins. Ask also about police response time or get recommendations for local security guard or technology providers that have proven successful for them.
Check out local crime reports
There are many sites where you can find out the nature of crimes common to the area. Popular sites include CrimeReports , SpotCrime or HomeFacts. These sites will give you information about locations, dates of occurrences and types of crime. This can help you to make an informed decision about where you should locate your business if you are weighing your options.
Meet with local security firms
Established security companies in the new location will be more familiar with the area than you will. They will have a high awareness of the types of risks common to the area and how to successfully mitigate them. Don’t hesitate to rely on their experience. Ask questions. Be frank about your concerns. A quality security company will be happy to talk to you to discuss your options.
Begin with BOS Security
The experts at BOS Security can assess your current location or any space that you are considering to ensure your security situation is optimal. Contact us at 404-793-6965 to schedule a security assessment today.