These products immediately make your property safer and far harder for criminals to break into, but it’s important to remember that different councils have different rules regarding shop fronts, so it’s always worth checking just to be on the safe side.

The main considerations that councils will look at when thinking about shop fronts are the overall look of the exterior itself so that it ties in with the surrounding area and so any shutters won’t deter people from visiting the local area, as well as checking the quality of the shutters themselves.

Of course, if you plan to have your shutters installed internally, then you don’t need to worry about planning permission at all, but you may find that external ones are the best way to afford your property the greatest level of security possible.

Those of you with businesses housed in listed buildings will likely find it hard to secure planning permission for the installation of these security products, as there are a lots of rules in place regarding the changes that can be made to properties of this kind.

The shutters themselves are an economical way of providing a secure and weatherproof closure to buildings, suitable for businesses and shopfronts, as well as warehouses, factories, loading bays and so on.

The doors are very robust and have a long lifespan, with little maintenance required over the years, so they represent a great choice for any shop thinking of improving security in the near future.

There are other security measures you can consider as well that don’t require planning permission, such as sensors that link your windows to alarms, CCTV and so on. If you are turned down for shutters, you might find that you’re approved for something like window grilles instead.

Businesses that have been affected by ram raids in the past might want to make sure they have reinforced stall risers installed outside their properties, as these can do a lot to help thwart incidents of this kind. Again, if your property is listed, you will need to check with your local council before you start work on installation.

You could also beef up security by using laminated glass, something that would work particularly well on historic shop fronts that still have the original glass in place. Alternatively, you could use anti-shatter film and apply this to your existing glazing, a cheaper option than replacing your windows with toughened glass.