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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 11:54

Protect your business during the longer winter nights

Co-op Secure Response share their advice for keeping your business safe as the nights get longer during the later months of the year.

As business owners, there are some extra precautions to be taken in the later months of the year, with the nights getting longer and Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner.Coop Secure Response

The days running up to these two events are traditionally some of the busiest nights of the year for the police, the fire brigade and ambulance service. Parties and events to celebrate take place in the evenings and often include alcohol and fireworks.

Co-op Secure Response have taken several steps, working with the police and local authorities, to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) at this time of year. There are several tools and powers available to assist businesses, which Co-op Secure Response can guide you through from their own experiences.  

The term ‘anti-social behaviour’ covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that ‘causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment’. It might not all seem relevant, but anti-social behaviour can still affect businesses. Fear of crime, concern for the safety of staff and neighbours, or worries about damage to your property and its security are all related to anti-social behaviour.

Examples of anti-social behaviour that could affect a business during autumn and winter months include:

  • Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
  • Uncontrolled or unsafe firework displays or use of fireworks
  • Vandalism, graffiti or fly posting
  • Inappropriate use of costumes/decorations (e.g. used to scare or intimidate staff)
  • Environmental damage such as littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars
  • Threatening behaviours towards staff or customers
  • Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles 

Protecting your business

Criminal activity, break-ins and anti-social behaviour can reduce the profitability of a business, no matter the time of year. Around public holidays, and as nights get longer, it is even more important to protect your business and people. To help you do this, here are some tips:

  1. Never lock or unlock alone 
  2. Ensure all lighting is operational and covers areas that will be used in low light/dark hours 
  3. Try to stay in view of CCTV when entering and leaving site or using secluded areas 
  4. Ensure that your panic alarms/intruder alarm and CCTV are operational and recording 
  5. Never keep more cash on site than is required 
  6. If you have tills, have limits in place and use drop safes/counter caches 
  7. Use lone working devices for any vulnerable colleagues or colleagues working alone 
  8. Report any suspicious activity to the Police
  9. Park commercial vehicles in well-lit areas or in a garage/secure area. Close and lock all the windows and doors and if the vehicle has an alarm system, set it. 
  10. Make sure your CCTV is monitored and alarm system goes to an approved Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) - CCTV can help to deter criminals. It will also provide you with evidence should anything occur. 

Co-op Secure Response can help you fit the right CCTV equipment and you’ll be connected to their very own fully accredited ARC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The ARC currently monitors over 6,000 CCTV cameras, so you’re in good hands.

To find out more and to arrange a free assessment, visit www.secureresponse.coop or call free on 0808 302 2823.