Tips

General Commercial Crime Prevention

  • Ensure that all exterior doors have deadbolt locks with a minimum one inch bolt into the strike plate.
  • Secure exposed exterior door hinge pins to prevent their removal.
  • Protect all grade floor glass through the use of bars, metal screens or burglary resistant glazing materials.
  • Install a burglar alarm system which is monitored offsite. We recommend that the system be certified by Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
  • Continually check for unsafe work conditions and practices, and take prompt corrective action.
  • Provide a complement of serviced, multi-purpose fire extinguishers in your premises and instruct all staff in their use.
  • Protecting Your Computer Equipment

    • Clamp or lock PCs to desks/work stations. Security kits are available at nominal cost.
    • Backup data and programs on a regular basis and store them offsite in a secure location.
    • Laptop computers are portable and easy targets for theft. Do not leave them unsecured or unattended.
    • Maintain records of serial numbers for all of your computer equipment.

    Business Interruption Prevention

      Employ the services of a professional accountant to:
    • Prepare financial statements
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    • Perform an annual audit of your books.
    • Maintain a list of secondary suppliers of materials in the event your primary supplier suffers a loss.
    • Be prepared with a plan of action as to how you will continue to service your customers while your premises are being repaired after a loss. This will help you to avoid losing your customer base.
    • Consider availability of temporary premises where you can resume operations immediately.
    • Reduce the physical and moral hazards of your business.
    • Duplicate your business records and store them off-site; in the event that your premises are damaged, you will have documents to substantiate any business interruption loss

    Contractors' Loss Prevention Tips

    • Focus on pre-job and pre-task planning. The principle of planning the work and working the plan should be followed.
    • All tools and equipment should be kept in a locked area at all times when not in use.
    • All tools should be stamped with an identification number to assist in recovery. Tools should be painted with bright, easily recognizable colours to ease in their identification.
    • Any onsite storage of materials should be in a secure storage area. Where the materials are considered a high target, they should be kept inside a building in a locked area or brought to the site only when they are needed.
    • Warning signs should be posted limiting access and indicating the safety equipment required to gain entry.
    • All electrical cords that pass through pedestrian areas should be secured so that tripping is avoided.
    • All mud or water on public traffic areas should be cleaned regularly.
    • The local utilities should be contacted to locate underground services in the event that any excavations are to be performed.
    • All flammable liquids used should be stored in approved safety containers.
    • All hotwork should be controlled. Combustibles should be removed at least 11 metres from the hotwork. If this is not possible non-combustible shields should be used. A fire watch should be provided for at least a half-hour after the hotwork is completed. All hotwork permit regulations must be followed.
    • All combustible refuse created during the work should be cleaned up regularly. Oily rags should be separated and stored in metal containers with tight fitting lids.
    • Fire extinguishers of the appropriate type should be available at all times.
    • Certificates of liability should be obtained from all subcontractors to ensure they are maintaining adequate liability coverage.
    • All new equipment should be tested and inspected when the work is completed. Customers should signoff the job once complete.
    • Ensure that the project complies with all applicable codes and standards.
    • Records of all jobs including plans, testing documents and approvals should be maintained.