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BSIA offers winter security tips for businesses

BSIA offers winter security tips for businesses

There are many things businesses need to consider in preparation for the winter months, from ensuring that plumbing systems are protected from cold weather to being ready for potential disruption to transport and deliveries.

Another important issue to take into account is security. While this should always be a priority, it becomes even more important to be switched on and vigilant during the winter months.

Analysis of seasonal trends in property-related crime by the Office for National Statistics has highlighted peaks in offences targeting both domestic and commercial premises during the winter quarter.

Separate figures from insurance company Aviva have shown a five per cent increase in burglary claims during the week the clocks go back at the end of October.

In light of these heightened risks, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) offered some guidance on how all businesses and homeowners can protect themselves against criminals.

James Kelly, the trade body's chief executive officer, pointed out that this doesn't need to be a costly or time-consuming process.

"In fact, simply checking that the security measures you already have in place are still effective can considerably reduce the risk of a break-in," he said.

Business owners and managers can start with the basics - making sure that locks on doors, windows and gates are in good condition and are securely locked at all times, for instance. If any changes or replacements are needed, it's best to do it as soon as possible.

Mr Kelly noted that another important early step is to make sure that any electronic security measures, such as CCTV, have been set up to reflect winter conditions.

"For example, if your CCTV system and lighting are controlled independently, the timer on the lighting needs to be adjusted once British summer time ends," he explained.

"If the lighting timer is not adjusted, there may be an unwanted gap created in the footage before the lighting switches on."

The BSIA also offered some dedicated advice for employers ahead of the winter months. It advised that people who work alone and are frequently outdoors should receive special protection from any possible risks.

Craig Swallow, chairman of the association's Lone Worker Section, said individuals who often work alone should request monitoring if they feel unsafe.

"Places you might usually feel safe can feel very intimidating in the dark or during poor weather," he added. "It's also important to remain vigilant and to try and stick to routes that are well lit when travelling at night."

The good news for companies looking to maximise their security during the winter is that there are various services available, from manned guarding to specialist consultancy reflecting the specific needs of your business.

Mr Kelly emphasised the importance of using a professional provider that meets the appropriate industry standards, to ensure you have full peace of mind about the security of your staff and properties going into the winter months.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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