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Is your business at greater risk when daylight saving time ends?

The Great British summer officially ended this weekend, as daylight saving time came to a close and the clocks turned back an hour.

New research from Co-op Insurance shows that property and car thefts tend to undergo a significant increase at this time of year, as darker nights appeal to opportune burglars. So, just how much risk is your business at?

Thefts 'more likely' in winter

Analysis of thousands of customer claims dating back to 2013 led researchers to conclude that property thefts generally increase by more than one-third (36 per cent) during the winter months, as this is the percentage by which home theft claims tend to climb at this time of year.

It was also found that Friday evenings are the time when properties are most likely to be targeted by thieves, who are more likely to use forced and violent entry between November and March than they are when the nights are lighter for longer.

Although these findings relate to domestic properties, business premises are also at greater risk of theft after daylight savings time finishes, so what measures can be taken to tighten security over the winter?

Jonathan Guy, head of claims at Co-op Insurance, commented: "Unfortunately, darker nights lead to more burglaries, and we are urging people to be vigilant and think carefully about both their own, and their property's safety.

"We actually spoke to a number of reformed burglars last year and they said that motion-activated security lights are most likely to put would-be burglars off with 26 per cent steering clear of homes with these installed, so this could be a good investment if you don't have one already."

Protecting your premises and company vehicles

With this in mind, business owners need to make sure they are taking a similar approach when it comes to protecting their company premises after daylight saving time has ended. If CCTV, security lights and alarms have not already been installed before winter falls, it is vital that they are now, and that existing anti-theft measures are checked thoroughly to ensure they are in full working order.

What's more, if alarms and other security devices are set to a timer, it is essential that they are adjusted so they are still able to activate efficiently after the clocks have gone back. Set a recurring calendar reminder for future years too, so that this task is never overlooked in the future.

However, it's not just business premises that need extra security during the autumn and winter months, as Co-op's research also led to the discovery that motor insurance claims arising from car theft incidents increase when the clocks go back.

Typically, six per cent more cars are stolen at this time of year than when the evenings are lighter, so it's important for businesses to make sure their company vehicles are as well-protected as possible. For example, fitting small CCTV cameras inside vehicles and extra-secure locks could help to prevent car or van theft during the winter months.

 

Posted by Andrew Miller

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