Think Like A Thief & Protect Your Assets
Many managers find themselves responsible for valuable assets. These might be tools or equipment or vehicles or trailers – expensive industrial items that are vulnerable to theft. What’s the best way to protect these assets? This guide from Barrington Security will help you put the correct security in place. This is one case where it pays to ‘know your enemy.’ Understanding would-be thieves are vital if you want to identify and correct vulnerabilities in your organisation’s fleet. Dropping your managerial mindset and trying on the thief’s point of view will allow you to pinpoint risks and address them before real thieves can make use of them.
What does it take to slip into the mental shoes of a thief? A good place to start is by examining the thief’s core motivations and behaviours. This is all learning you can put to work safeguarding your assets.
1) Thieves Love Window Shopping
Criminals are always on the lookout for potential targets, and easy visibility plays right into their hands. Any valuable assets – equipment, tools, electronics, laptops – left out in plain sight are invitations to theft.
All of your tools and equipment need designated storage areas that keep them out of sight. Everything of value needs a specific ‘home.’ This makes it easier for you as a manager to confirm that all of your assets are secure.
2) Thieves Are After Easy Money
The most attractive targets for thieves are items that can be easily sold off. Construction assets like lorries and trailers, for example, are especially attractive because they can fetch a high price.
Understand the value of the assets you control. Which items show the most profit potential to a thief? Your security efforts should be divided up according to the value of your assets. To return to the construction industry, some pieces of equipment are especially theft-prone because thieves know they lack serial numbers. This makes it easier to conceal the provenance of a stolen item.
Wherever possible, brand or label your equipment in a permanent way. This will make your assets harder to sell if they are stolen, and that in turn makes them less attractive to thieves.
3) Thieves Want To Minimise Risk
A thief will prefer the safe, easy steal over the challenging one every time. Use visible security measures like strong locks and alarm systems to make it clear your assets would be risky targets. You can successful dissuade many thieves simply by making it clear that stealing your assets would be difficult.
4) Thieves Don’t Expect Proactive Security
This point goes a little beyond identifying with your thief. You also need to anticipate your own actions if you lose an asset. Your responsibility as a manager includes taking swift action if something is stolen. Ensuring you have a security system in place is a good deterrent.
To make this easier, it’s important to maintain an up-to-date asset catalogue and check your actual assets against it. When something goes missing, you need to take prompt action.
Have recovery systems on your assets whenever possible. Modern technology can make tracking systems extremely accurate thanks to GPS. Tracking devices should be as well-concealed and hard-to-disable as possible.
While GPS tracking can give you a powerful feeling of control after a theft, resist the temptation to try any heroics on your own. Get law enforcement involved at the earliest opportunity and deliver your tracking information to them. (Note that thievery needs to be reported even if you don’t have a recovery system in place for tracking the missing assets.)
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