As any business owner knows, the assets of your business are also your liabilities as you need to maintain them and protect them. Your commercial assets can include physical, tangible goods, such as vehicles, your property, buildings, parking structures or lots, computers, manufacturing or essential equipment, office furniture, and other fixtures, or intangible items, such as intellectual property, financial records, customer databases, and your employees. There are several essential steps you can take to protect your investment in the advent of a tragedy, including structuring your business entity, incorporating, tax-planning, legal contracts, and purchasing the various types of insurance needed to protect tangible and non-tangible assets.
Yet, how can you protect your business to prevent theft and vandalism as well as keep your property and employees safe? While many of the above recommended protections do afford a layer of security against an erroneous claim or lawsuit, we will be discussing way to create a physical barrier of protection around your tangible and non-tangible assets with commercial fencing. We will discuss the benefits of fencing and the added investment and security it provides. During this time of COVID-19, we will also show how fencing can protect crowd size, traffic flow and ensure social distancing for your staff and customers.
What are some of the Benefits of Commercial Fencing?
- Aesthetics and curb appeal. Commercial fencing, depending on the type, can add to the design and layout of your commercial property, by offering an attractive barrier at the entrance of your business, protect landscaping, as well as hide unsightly storage buildings, warehouses staff entrances, and even your garbage receptacles or dumpsters. Adding a wrought iron fence that leads to the entrance of your building can enhance the image of your business.
- Security of Property. This is often the main reason business owners choose commercial fencing, as crimes such as theft, vandalism and assault are unfortunate but common occurrences in our community. Criminals may think businesses are easier targets with consistent hours of operation, usually minimal security and having valuable merchandise, equipment or cash on hand. Commercial fencing can deter intruders, prevent easy access and provide an obstacle that prevents an easy getaway. And during times of social unrest, which can result in looting and vandalism, a fence is a far superior barrier than say boarding up windows and doors with plywood.
- Security of Employees. To keep employees safe and healthy is a responsibility of every business owner, so putting procedures into place that prevent entry of deranged or individuals with nefarious intent will be appreciated by your staff. Keeping on-premise employees safe as they exit and enter your building and park their cars is especially important for those with business hours that extend after dark.
- Limit Capacity. Many businesses have instituted state and local guidelines for capacity limits of customers to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. So commercial fencing can assist in controlling the flow of traffic and increase access control of those visiting your premises. It is now seen as good business sense and positive branding for any company to do their utmost to create a safe environment with a focus on facilitating social distancing.
- Access Control. To control entry of authorized staff, vendors and visitors is another nice feature of commercial fencing so you can prevent unwanted disturbances from solicitors and unwanted guests. Gate operators offer convenience for your staff and residents whether late at night, early in the morning or when weather conditions are harsh, your staff and/or residents can gain entry without getting out of their car. They can trigger the gate by either phone, keypad entry, mobile app or more options.
- Privacy. For various industries, intellectual property and production processes need to be protected from competitors, so fencing can provide the privacy you need of the activities and relatively sensitive movements of yourself and your employees. You don’t need to broadcast typical patterns of you or your staff’s ‘comings and goings’, or the valuable inventory that is being delivered or stored in your facility, so vinyl, chain link with slats, or wood fencing may offer the privacy that you need.
In an upcoming blog, we will discuss various types of commercial fencing, how each type offers various solutions and how to determine which type would work for your specific business and property needs.
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Herb Geddes Fence Co., Inc. is a family-owned business and has provided quality materials, professional installation and outstanding service to the central Kentucky area since 1968. We understand that choosing a commercial fencing contractor is a decision with long-lasting implications, thus we have worked hard to build a reputation on choosing quality materials, providing experienced craftmanship and charging reasonable prices.
Geddes Fence is a fully insured, family-owned business that takes pride in their customer focus, offers a One-year warranty on our fencing and strives to ensure client satisfaction at the completion of every project. This has resulted in an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and recognition throughout the region as an exceptional fence contractor.
Contact us so we can make an appointment to visit your location, measure your property lines, review any local zoning laws and permits, and discuss which fencing option is right for your business needs.
I like how you said that you can enhance your business’s image by adding in a wrought iron fence. It also makes for a great security perimeter. I think all big businesses that aren’t open to the public should get fences like this put up.