It’s that time of year again when Halloween is just around the corner.
For many businesses, this can spell opportunities as they get into the spirit of things with marketing campaigns and spooky special offers.
However, for some businesses, Halloween can prove to be a real nightmare.
According to figures, around this time of year, crimes against business including burglaries, thefts, antisocial behaviour and criminal damage increase by around 160%.
Much of that is down to harmless mischief-making getting out of hand. But darker nights can also give would-be criminals the cover they need to target vulnerable shops, offices and factories.
So, if you are hoping that this year’s Halloween brings more treats than tricks, here are a few simple steps you can take to boost your business security.
Lighting up your business property properly is one of the best deterrents you can put in place on Halloween.
If anyone is planning on doing any damage to your property as part of a ‘Trick or Treat’ – or worse still, breaking in – they will want to do it under cover of darkness.
If they are all lit up like a Jack o’Lantern, it increases their chances of getting caught.
So, before Halloween arrives, give your business security lighting a check.
Make sure any dark or unlit areas are covered and replace any non-functioning bulbs. This will make it harder for intruders to skulk around in the dark.
And if you have motion-activated lighting, that’s even better, although make sure it’s working correctly before locking up for the night.
If you have a CCTV system or security cameras, make sure they are working properly in advance of Halloween. There would be nothing worse than suffering a break-in only to realise your cameras weren’t switched on or working correctly.
If you don’t, give us a call about getting CCTV installed. While it might not physically prevent a crime from being committed, it will provide a great visual deterrent to would-be criminals. It can also help capture vital evidence if the worst does happen.
Like lighting and security cameras, if you have a business alarm system, make sure it’s working properly and switched on.
There are still a few days left to the big day, so if your alarm system needs a service or repair, give our expert team a call, we’d be happy to come out and have a look for you to make sure you’re protected come the 31st.
Locks and doors
This one might sound obvious, but if your property is being left empty and unattended on Halloween, then double-check all your locks are working properly and that you have locked them all when you leave. A break-in can be devastating to any business. It can be even more heart-breaking if you have made it easy for the criminals by forgetting to lock your doors.
Window and door security
Installing additional security measures on your windows and doors will make it harder for intruders to break in or do damage.
Roller shutters not only add an extra level of security, but they also provide a great visual deterrent to put people off even attempting to break in.
Window grilles, meanwhile, can be installed over some of the most vulnerable access points to your property to make them more secure.
Again, the clock is ticking, so if you want to boost your security before Halloween, give us a call today.
Although signage won’t make your business premises any more secure, it can prove to be an effective visual deterrent to would-be intruders.
Having signs on your property which carry messages such as ‘Covered by 24-hour surveillance’, ‘Business monitored by CCTV’, ‘No cash kept on premises’ or, if you’re feeling really creative ‘Beware of the monsters’, may make someone think twice about breaking in.
Events like Halloween serve as useful reminders to check your security policies to make sure they are as tight as they can be. For example, do you know how many keyholders there are, and do they know their responsibilities?
Do you know how to contact your security company in an emergency? What happens if there is an incident or a false alarm?
Who is responsible for calling the police in the event of a break-in?
Again, don’t leave it to chance. Simply running through a checklist will enable you to highlight and fix any potential security flaws.
Security solutions from a Master Locksmith in Derby
Grays Locksmiths Derby has been providing trusted locksmith services to the people of Derbyshire for more than 30 years.
We are an accredited member of the Master Locksmiths Association and are dedicated to helping all our commercial customers keep their businesses safe and secure.
With years of expertise and industry knowledge, all our advice is aimed at making sure you are getting the best business security solutions on the market.
So, if you are looking to ensure that Halloween doesn’t turn into a horror show for your business, give us a call on 01332 404255 or email email@example.com.