Commercial Burglary Prevention

Commercial burglaries are often crimes of opportunity that occur after your business closes. With a few simple steps, you can take an active role in reducing your risk of becoming a victim.

First, consider how your property looks from the burglar's view. The outward appearance and security of the building may determine if a business will be burglarized. An unlocked door or open window is an opportunity for a burglar to strike. Every opening represents a potential security breach and should be inspected. Update or install locks, lighting and alarms.

Second, establish a closing routine or check list to make sure employees lock doors, windows and set the alarm. Build a rapport with nearby business owners to discuss problems or nuisances and then identify solutions that benefit everyone.

Doors & Locks

  • Secure doors, windows, skylights and other openings with high quality locks.
  • Locks are not burglar proof. They make entry harder.
  • Double cylinder, dead-bolt locks with one inch throw bolts are preferred for doors.
  • Install cylinder guards and strike plates to slow down forced entry and prevent "jimmying."
  • Use heavy-duty solid construction for rear doors with bars and u-brackets secured to the structure for added strength.


  • Ensure all windows are closed and locked at the end of the business day.
  • Remove merchandise from display windows at night.
  • Install burglar-resistant glass, wire mesh or iron bars on windows.
  • Rearrange merchandise so employees have unobstructed views outside the business.
  • Windows should offer light and visibility - NOT easy access.


  • Light is one of the best crime deterrents. 
  • Use low-watt lights inside and bright lights outside. 
  • Illuminate all entry points and exterior sides of your business. Include alley and parking lot.

Alarm Systems

  • Alarms are an entry detection and notification tool – not a physical barrier.
  • Research alarm companies and request a system which best fits your needs.
  • Hire a professional to install your alarm.
  • Have clearly visible alarm signage.
  • Test your system regularly.
  • Train staff to avoid false alarms.


  • Lock your business at night.
  • Proper lighting deters crime.
  • Use your alarm system.
  • Work with neighboring businesses.