Businesses urged to consider winter security

October 29th, 2012 Category: Building Management

Winter seems to have begun in earnest now that cold weather has descended upon the country and the clocks have been put back by an hour.

As a result, it is necessary for business owners to consider the security threats that come around at this time of the year.

Indeed, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has noted that the number of opportunistic crimes is likely to go up throughout the winter, due to the extended hours of darkness.

Business owners have therefore been advised to make sure their doors, windows and gates are adequately secured, as well as to adjust the settings of their CCTV systems so they can capture clear images in the dark.

Installing lighting was also flagged up as a good preventative measure, as long as the light does not impair the CCTV pictures by shining directly into the camera.

Bringing in external facilities management specialists might be the way forward for all sorts of businesses, as they have extensive expertise in keeping commercial premises secure.

Firm may lack certain skills and experience within their operations, but by outsourcing to a third party, they don't need to let this compromise their security at any time of the year.

James Kelly, chief executive of the BSIA, commented: "Preparing your properties for the winter months does not have to be a lengthy or expensive process.

"In fact, ensuring that the security measures you already have in place are still effectively can considerably reduce the risk of break-ins."

Mr Kelly said seeking expert advice could help firms identify where intruders are likely to try to gain access to a property, which may then help them pick the appropriate security solutions.

He added that if any lighting systems are controlled by an electronic timer, these will need to be adjusted following the end of British Summer Time.

Businesses were advised that failing to do this might create a window of opportunity for an intruder, as it will be dark for an hour before the lights turn themselves on.