Medical offices can be a target for vandalism and theft, as they can often hold cash, personal records and pharmaceuticals. This can be scary for staff who are working late as well as pose a risk to the business's reputation and security. Here are some tips to keep your medical business safe after hours. 

Minimise cash and records kept on site

One of the ways that business administrators can keep the physical premises safe is to move towards electronic payments and avoid keeping cash on site by banking any cash payments at the end of each day. A growing number of customers prefer to pay bills electronically so this can be an easy switch.

You can also keep most of the records digitally and back these up to a physical disk, which can be stored in the office safe. You may also have some legal obligations to store physical records, but it can be a good idea to keep these off-site in a secured facility, which can make the records harder to locate for any miscreants.

Lock up any pharmaceuticals

It is a good idea to physically lock up any medication after hours, even if these are non-addictive or sample sizes. Unfortunately, any medication can be tempting to thieves so either lock all medication in a safe or don't keep them onsite. Make a point to also place signs on windows stating that you don't keep drugs of addiction on site, as this can stop people breaking in to search for medication. 

It's important to also lock up prescription pads, as these can also be stolen to forge scripts for drugs of addiction. 

Implement security measures

Many thieves look for 'easy' targets, so it can be useful to set up monitoring cameras and a security patrol to regularly check on the site, as well as have a monitored alarm on the doors and windows. It is also a good idea to have a hidden safe to keep any valuables out of sight. This can make it clear to thieves that there are no 'easy pickings' and that they should move onto other targets.

If you have a medical office, it is a good idea to make some sensible adjustments to your office practice, including locking up prescription pads, medications and patient records in an office safe at the end of the work day. This can help to keep your office safe after hours.