Businesses today spend hundreds to thousands of dollars to keep their digital data safe and secure from cybercriminals. This is quite understandable given how much data leaks have happened in recent times. Even the biggest companies of our time have had some sort of data leakage resulting in public uproar. But what about your business security on the physical level?
As much as data security is important, unfortunately, businesses are not putting the same kind of efforts to protect themselves physically. It’s shocking to see how many big businesses are losing a grip on the physical security of their assets and employees.
There have been recent cases where small and big business owners ignored the physical security of their business and ended up paying the price when their property was invaded by criminals. This poses a serious threat and many new business owners are asking whether physically securing a business should be a priority or not?
Whether you are a new business owner, or someone who has been doing business with growing assets and employees, protecting your business and property is important.
If you are someone who had no business security to protect your property and ended up in property theft, it is time to get in touch with your local criminal defense attorney. Here are some reasons why and when you should hire a professional to protect you.
Business Security for Shoplifting
Shoplifting generally refers to someone who intentionally takes possession of, conceals, alters, carries away, transfers remove a label, or records the value as less of the original value of the merchandise offered by the business or retail establishment. It also includes anyone intentionally removing a shopping cart from the property of the retail store or establishment.
If you have been a victim of shoplifting, a local criminal defense attorney can protect you. Penalties for shoplifting are severe and are usually determined by the value of goods taken away.
If the stolen goods amounted to less than $100, then the first offense will range up to a fine of $w50. A second offense can range between $100 to $500. A third offense can go up to $500 and more with imprisonment for up to two years.
If the goods were taken are valued above $100, then fine can be up to $1,000 with imprisonment going as high as two and half years.
Business Security for Breaking and Entering
Breaking and entering can amount to multiple crimes. It depends on the intent of the person who broke in, type of day, and several other factors.
For example, breaking and entering at midnight with the intent to commit a crime which involves breaking into a building, vessel, or ship with an intent to commit a crime at night, comes with a penalty of up to three years in the house of correction or up to twenty years in state prison.
Breaking and entering a property at day time with no intention of committing a crime is punishable by a sentence that can amount to two and a half years of in the house of correction or up to ten years imprisonment in state prison.
If the said person was armed with a weapon, regardless of whether it was day or night, this is punishable with a fine of up to $200 and imprisonment of up to six months.
If the person breaks and enters at nighttime without anyone being inside the business property, but the intent is to commit a crime, it is also punishable by up to two and a half years in the house of correction or ten years in the state prison. If the same person was found carrying a weapon, he/she will be put into prison for at least seven years.
If the said person tried to enter your premise with an intent to commit a crime and was able to get inside but the theft did not occur, he/she is still punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or house of correction with a sentence that can last up to two and a half years or he/she can also go to prison for ten years.
If you have recently been a victim of breaking and entering, or shoplifting, or any other kind of property theft, then get in touch with a local criminal defense attorney today.