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Keeping your premises secure throughout the darker months

16 October 2019

As the darker months close in, it can be a more active time for criminals to attempt a break in or burgle, with research finding that burglaries spiked by 34% on average during the five months of daylight savings time each year.

In order to keep yourself and your premises safe, it is important to ensure that you have measures in place to safeguard the area and contents overnight.

Put security procedures in place Your premises will be safer on an evening if one person is responsible for the building keys, minimising the risk of keys being lost or stolen if multiple people handle them.

It is also important to ensure locks are checked before leaving the premises overnight. To ensure staff safety is paramount, install alarms or panic buttons that are regularly tested along with an alternative exit for staff to use in an emergency.

It is also important to keep external doors secure and locked during working hours to avoid unauthorised persons entering. Install external precautions and deterrents.

To protect your external property such as your car park or gate area, invest in more security in order to keep your premises safe if possible.

By investing in CCTV cameras, anti-vandal paint for roofing, as well as motion lights and alarms, this will lower the chances of attempted burglary and vandalism, as well as visible cameras or alarms acting as deterrents and decrease the likelihood of burglars attempting to enter your premises.

If possible, control public access to your grounds by gating the car park or premises off overnight to add an extra deterrent.

Ensure external fixtures are secure

Having strong and secure doors and windows is key to having security in and around your premises.

If your fixtures are old and worn, take the time to upgrade them to new fixtures such as sash windows from Quickslide; invest in quality locks to ensure your premises is as protected as possible on evenings, over night and early mornings, but be sure to check your insurer’s requirements to see if they have any specific locks that must be used – the same goes for alarms – and that your locks conform to British Standard 3621.

It may seem excessive, but window bars and grilles are an effective deterrent, along with solid steel bars set in concrete within the walls if you wished to have the most effective security for your building.

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