Keep burglars out of your business

Business security

To help slow the spread and rate of transmission of COVID-19 there has been a lot of change to the way businesses operate across Canberra. If you aren’t operating from your usual premise or you’ve temporarily closed, here are a few things to remember at this time to minimise the risk of a break-in. Unfortunately, there will be offenders looking to take advantage of closed premises.

Make your business more secure

  • Don’t leave anything of value visible, ideally take it offsite. Burglars are often opportunistic, don’t tempt them by having anything of value on display.
  • If you have CCTV, a security alarm and security lighting, keep them on. These can deter burglars and assist police identify offenders if there is a break-in or an attempted break-in.
  • If you don’t have CCTV consider if now is an appropriate time to install it. Speak with neighbouring business to identify if cameras can be installed for a collective benefit.
  • Display warning signs about security features. Make it clear - no money or valuables remain on site.
  • Use heavy duty locks to secure entry points – make it hard work for an offender to get into your property.
  • Connect with business remaining open around you so they can keep an eye on your premises.
  • Check your insurance coverage is up to date and reflective of any changes of business arrangements and/or consider if you need any new insurances.

ACT Keyholder Register

The ACT Keyholder Register is a list of the names and after-hours contact details of business owners or others who have access to your business premises.


BizSafe is a Community Safety  initiative which is proudly supported by the ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Crime Stoppers.

The BizSafe program aims to help you protect your workplace from robbery, theft, fraud and other criminal incidents.

Business security information in the form of BizSafe Factsheets (PDF 1,044KB) are available for:

Reporting incidents to police

If you are a victim of business burglary, follow these steps:

  • Contact ACT Policing immediately to file a report. You will need a copy of the police report and/or a case number to provide to your insurance company. You may also be asked to provide the following information:
    • Time of offence and witnesses
    • Description of offender, and
    • If you have cameras
    • Weapon used to gain entry and any evidence at the scene.
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim.


  • Police Assistance on 131 444 to report a crime that it is NOT life threatening or a time critical emergency  
  • Triple Zero 000 in an emergency or life-threatening situation
  • Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report information about illegal activity, suspicious activity or information which may assist in solving a crime.