According to the Canada Crime Severity Index (CSI), the crime rate in Calgary is currently at its highest level since 2009. In the previous 11 years, crime in the city has consistently dropped. However, the crime rate jumped to 29.4 percent in 2015. This was the biggest increase in crime severity experienced by the country, and it has been rising ever since. The volume and severity of police-reported crimes are measured by the CSI. As a business owner, you should not take this information lightly since commercial establishments are most often the target of burglars and thieves.
Therefore, your priority is to prevent this thing from happening in your company. Thieves usually break the door or garage to break into any business establishment to do their nefarious deeds. Therefore, it is your commercial or garage door that is your first line of defense. If someone has already broken into your business premises through your door or garage and carted off some of your valuable stuff, the first thing you need to do is to have the door repaired or at least you can change the compromised garage door parts. But if you want to be sure that the thing won’t happen again, you should consider a commercial door replacement.
Apart from repairing or replacing your commercial garage door, there are other things you need to do in case someone has already broken into your business establishment. You would be able to help solve the crime faster if you know what to do in case this thing happens. When your business establishment has been robbed, here are the things that you need to do.
- If you are the first person to discover the break-in, don’t just enter your premises. The thief might still be there and going inside the premises may endanger your life. Get your phone and dial the emergency number of your local police. Wait for the police authorities and let them be the first to go inside your business premises.
- If you have already entered your premises before realizing that a burglary has occurred, don’t touch anything. Leave immediately and call and report the incident to the police and let them conduct the initial investigation of the place.
- If you suspect that a robbery has occurred in your premises, it is very important that you leave everything where they are. Don’t touch or disturb anything even if they are in disarray. If you accidentally touch anything, take note of it. Touching and disturbing the things will destroy the evidence that might lead to the early solution of the case. Endeavor to preserve everything as you found them until the police arrive.
- Use your cellphone and take pictures of the crime scene as you first found it. Focus on the damage that has been done or the disarray that happened inside your premises. If possible, take a video of the scene as well. This will be you documentation of the burglary. It could be important in the solution of the case.
- Take note of the things that were stolen and the things that were damaged inside your business establishment. You will need to give this information to your insurer who will assess the damage that you have sustained. This is important in the recovery of the amount of the things in your business that were stolen. After collating all this information, contact your insurer to start the insurance claims process.
- After the investigation and after you have started the insurance claims process, you need to assess the security needs of your business establishment. Your focus is to prevent another burglary from happening. From the investigation, you might already know how the burglar was able to break into your business. Your first order is to plug that hole so that no one will be able to go into your premises using the same route. Perhaps you may really need a complete overhaul of your security system. If the burglar was able to break into your commercial garage door, perhaps it is now time for you to replace it with a new one. At the very least, you should replace most of the garage door’s integral parts that were destroyed by the burglar. Hopefully, this will save your business establishment from any burglary in the future.