Of course, having good security on your business premises is an all-year-round responsibility to ensure crime, theft and vandalism is reduced… but businesses may be more at risk throughout the winter months.
Darker nights and adverse weather conditions make winter a perilous time. Most crimes and burglaries occur during the night as opportunistic criminals prefer to operate under the cover of darkness. However, by taking the right precautions you can significantly reduce the potential threat of crime. Here are a couple of pointers:
Make sure you lock your premises securely
After a hard day at work, we all want to go home and put our feet up in front of the television. But it’s important that you don’t rush your security checks at the end of the working day. You must ensure that all windows and doors are securely locked and your alarm is activated correctly. If you don’t complete those meticulous checks, it could be costly. Our sister company Careline Response offer a lock and unlock service. A security officer will be responsible for locking and unlocking your business premises at a pre-arranged time. This means you can rest assured knowing that the job will be done correctly by a security professional.
Use outdoor security lighting
Effective security lighting is essential during long and dark winter nights. Especially when crimes are more likely to be committed during darker hours. Security lighting on a sensor will illuminate the exterior of your premises if movement is detected, acting as a deterrent to any intruders.
Review your CCTV cameras
Make sure that your CCTV cameras are weatherproof. Heavy rain, snow and high winds can all impact the effectiveness of your CCTV cameras. It’s also important that you keep the camera lens clean. Cobwebs, dirt and dust can build up over time which could potentially obscure the view, meaning your CCTV footage might not be accurate.
Now that the clocks have changed, you should make sure that you’ve updated the time settings on your cameras.