Starting a new business is never easy and there are a lot of challenges you need to overcome. Most new business owners expect that they’ll have to manage their cash flow, work out how to keep on top of their schedules, and constantly find ways to boost business revenue. But most people don’t think that they’ll have to deal with vandalism when they become business owners.
Unfortunately, it’s a bigger problem than people realize and it can come from the inside as well as the outside. Unless you are able to tackle the problem, it could end up costing you a lot of money. Luckily, there are some simple ways to get around it. Here’s how businesses can deal with vandalism.
Get The Right Insurance
A lot of business owners make the mistake of thinking that they are covered for vandalism when they aren’t. You can make public insurance claims to cover you if somebody is injured in your building or if you cause property damage while carrying out your business activities. However, that insurance does not usually cover you in cases of vandalism. Your building and contents cover may protect you, but every policy is different and some species don’t cover vandalism. In that case, you will need a new policy to cover vandalism. If you are unsure about whether you are protected from vandalism or not, double-check and change your policy right away.
Deduct From Salaries For Vandalism
People always think that vandalism comes from the outside, but company employees can damage your building too. Usually, this happens because people are unhappy in the workplace and they have issues, so creating a better environment and investing in your employee’s wellbeing will reduce issues here. However, you should also make it clear that money will be deducted from salaries if people are caught vandalizing the building. This acts as a great deterrent from internal vandalism.
Vandalism from people outside of the business can be a big problem too, especially if you are in a built-up urban area. So, it’s important that you boost your security as much as possible to protect your office building. Make sure that you have plenty of security cameras in visible spots to act as a deterrent and help the police catch perpetrators of vandalism. Security lights are also a very effective deterrent against vandals and they’re cheap to install.
Fix Damage Straight Away
When somebody vandalizes your property, either inside or outside, it’s crucial that you fix the damage as soon as possible. If you leave it, that sends a message that you tolerate it and you won’t really do much about it. So, people are far more likely to do it again in the future, which is when it becomes a more serious problem. Leaving the damage also gives any visitors the wrong impression about your business. So, fix it right away and, where possible, take immediate action against the perpetrators.
Vandalism can be a big problem for businesses, but if you keep these simple rules in mind you can manage it effectively.
Jessi is a working mom to two living in Central Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies but decided to make her career in social media marketing and content writing. When she isn’t cooking up something new in the kitchen, she is traveling with her family and looking for new adventures!