Businesses Tighten Security as Crime Levels Rise
Whether it?s a consequence of the recession or just a coincidence; crime levels against UK businesses increased by around 10% in the latter half of 2008, according to the AXA Business Crime Index1. Arson attacks are the biggest single cause of major fires in the UK and the number of attacks increased by 23% between July and December last year. Also on the increase was vandalism and malicious damage, which increased by 14% and breaking & entering crimes which increased by 13%.
Contradictorily, the value of forcible theft claims dropped by 12%, which would suggest that businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of interior security measures in addition to perimeter security measures. I.e. valuable equipment within the premises is either secured or removed when the premises is not in use, meaning that even if the perimeter is breached, criminals are faced with further security measures and/or nothing to steal.
The only crime statistic which showed a drop in the latter half of 2008 was non forcible crime, where no forcible entry is made. Again, this reflects the theory that interior security measures are being taken more seriously; making it harder for criminals to walk into a business premises during working hours and, for example, steal an unattended laptop or petty cash box.
A spokesperson from the UK?s leading business directory, Search Me 4, commented:
"Many businesses, large and small, have implemented a variety of measures to protect against crime; however, sometimes such measures are old and somewhat ineffective against today?s criminals. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so having their security & fire prevention systems reviewed by a specialist fire & security consultant is essential for maintaining the safety and security of their business. "
In these recessionary times; theft, malicious damage & arson can push already strapped for cash businesses over the edge, and even if the cost of the crime is relatively small, it could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back. In light of the recent rises in business crime, Search Me 4 has provided some preventative tips to help you protect your business from thieves, arsonists and vandals.
Doors & windows are usually the weakest point of any premises? security and hence the first port of call for any criminal. Having multipoint reinforced locks fitted to both the lock and hinge side of all exterior doors is paramount to keeping intruders out. To find companies providing security & access control services in your area, please click here.
Intruder alarms have a dual purpose of alerting the police to a break in and driving the intruder away with is deafening noise. Most burglars find it difficult to carry stolen goods when shielding their ears! To find security equipment & alarm installers in your area please click here.
CCTV can be most effective in deterring criminals from breaking & entering, causing malicious damage and arson attacks. CCTV is also highly effective when identifying offenders should a crime be committed on your business premises. To find CCTV equipment installers in your area, please click here.
Fire Prevention measures are essential not only in the case of an arson attack, but also in the event of fire breaking out due to non malicious reasons. Detectors, alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems when installed should be checked and maintained regularly to ensure minimum loss in the event of any fire. To find fire safety consultants in your area please click here.
Search Me 4 is the UK?s leading UK business search engine and provides contact details for 1000?s of businesses throughout England, Scotland & Wales.
Notes for Editors
1 - http://www.axa.co.uk/media/pressreleases/2009/pr20090330_1200.html