If you have just moved into your new retail premises, here are a couple of steps you should take before opening your shop.
Get a locksmith to assess the condition of all of the premises' locks
The first thing you should do after gaining access to the premises is get the number of the nearest commercial locksmiths and arrange for them to assess the condition of each of the door and window locks in the building.
The reason for this is as follows; as a new occupant of the premises, you won't have any information about what kind of wear and tear or other types of damage these locks have been subjected to. For example, it is possible that in the past, a criminal may have inflicted damage on one of the locks whilst trying to break into the premises.
It is also possible that the previous business owner and the people they employed may have been excessively rough when locking and unlocking the doors and windows of the premises, and that this excess force may have resulted in the locks' components being damaged.
The damage caused by these individuals may not be visible and may not even be immediately apparent when you use these locks. However, it may still have compromised the functionality of one of the locks; if this is the case and this issue goes unidentified and unfixed, the likelihood of a criminal being able to successfully break the affected lock and get into your premises will be a lot higher.
In short, by getting all of the locks assessed by a locksmith, and then having them fix any faults they find during this assessment process, you can minimise the chances of criminals breaking into your new premises.
Ask the locksmith to install a safe
After the locksmith has assessed your premises' locks, you should ask them to install a safe. The reason for this is as follows; as a shop owner, you will deal with quite a lot of cash throughout the course of an average workday. It is vital to ensure that you have a secure place on the premises in which to stow this cash before you go home at the end of the day.
A safe could not only stop criminals from stealing your profits, but could also help to protect your money if your premises catches fire or if it is flooded (provided you buy a safe that is both fire and waterproof).
It will also ensure that, if the shop becomes damp or infested with rodents, the money you keep in it will not become mouldy or end up being nibbled on by pests.