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Tips for Keeping Your Business Secure During a Temporary Closure

Posted by: McClain Lilly on Monday, April 13, 2020

Are you being forced to close your business temporarily? We’ve compiled a list of best practices and tips to keep your business safe and make it easier to reopen when the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Here are ways to bolster your security protocol and guard against loss.

Temporary Closing COVID-19 Checklist:

  • Keep the lights on
  • Remove ALL cash and receipts
  • Do not leave any valuables clearly accessible or visible or accessible
  • All safes and tills should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
  • Keep all cash drawers open to show that nothing is in the drawers
  • All ATMs should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
  • All alcohol products removed from bar areas should be put in secured storage areas (no alcohol left visible from outside)
  • Consider putting up “NO CASH or valuable on premises” signage
  • Deactivate all scheduled FOB door openings (ie. Cleaners, deliveries, etc.)
  • For kitchen areas, disconnect all kitchen gas lines from their gas source
  • Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business and to manage inventory and storage conditions (consider scattering the times this is done to not establish a pattern)
  • Renewing insurance? Change to monthly payments rather than paying once a year
  • Check your mailboxes often or consider having the post office hold your mail
  • Shut off water (only if appropriate and does not affect other tenants in the building)
  • If absolutely necessary, check with your bank about deferring mortgage payments
  • Check with your municipality to see if you can defer tax payments

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