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It’s no secret that most offices will be shut between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, while many businesses will remain shut all the way through until January 2nd.

While this is great news for workers, it’s also great news for burglars as well, posing the perfect opportunity to strike while the iron is hot…or, more accurately, absent.

Christmas may be a time of giving but, for burglars across the country, it’s most certainly a perfect time for taking too – particularly if business security it lax.

Avoid returning to work for a New Year’s disaster by following this handy guide on how to safeguard the office when shutting down for Christmas.

 

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Christmas Office Safety Tips

 

Shutdown Before Lockdown

As the office will likely remain uninhabited for several days, it’s important to not only protect your premises for risk of break-in but also risk of fire.

Naturally, the first port of call for fire prevention is to ensure all non-essential electrical items are appropriately turned off; including computers, festive decorations, etc.

You may also wish to turn the water off at the mains as an added precaution, to avoid any leaking pipes causing additional issues.

Conversely, you may want to set your heating systems to come on intermittently via a timer during the holiday to avoid any pipe issues, such as freezing.

 

Knowledge is Power

If you aren’t going to be the one to lock-up your work premises on the final day before the office holiday, it’s absolutely vital that the person tasked with doing so is clued up.

It goes without saying that the person given this responsibility will need to be reliable and trustworthy. However, that same person will also need to be briefed ahead of time.

Ensure the individual chosen to close up shop on your final working day is given a full run-down of the locking-up procedure in advance of the last day.

This will allow them time to: A. Get their head around the process; B. Ask any questions on anything they are unsure of; and C. Have a trial run if necessary.

 

Be Wary of Strangers

Christmastime brings with it an increase in deliveries, particularly if you allow your workers to get their personal effects and gifts items delivered to the office.

However, the increase in deliveries can also bring with it additional personnel on-site, many of whom you may not be familiar with. If so, be sure to exercise caution.

Allowing unfamiliar individuals on to your premises or, worse still, into your workspace can inadvertently gift them with valuable site information.

This can range from general layout and insight into entry routes to potentially even provision of security details and passwords.

 

Team Effort

Due to the nature of seasonal office closures, it’s not unusual for people to work late on the last day to get work wrapped up like the Christmas presents to come.

However, this can often lead to low numbers come closing time and can commonly leave the duties of locking up to a solitary member of the team.

Leaving a single worker to lock up prior to the Christmas holiday break can be a recipe for disaster and one that should be avoided at all costs.

Not only can holiday excitement lead to vital security measures being overlooked but the solitary nature of locking up alone also leaves the solo worker vulnerable to criminals.

Ensure there are at least two members of staff on hand for on the last day to provide your premises with safe and secure closure.

 

Christmas Lights

Turns out that the Christmas tree isn’t the only thing that benefits from a little bit of illumination during the festive period.

Ensuring the perimeter of your premises is well lit should be a high priority for any office manager or business owner.

Simply equipping your office entrance and site borders with lights can be an effective deterrent for thieves, increasing the chances of them being caught.

What’s more, it can also make it notably more difficult for potential thieves to survey your premises beforehand and considerably harder for them to go by undetected.

 

Office Safety with IDS Security

At IDS Security Systems, we know a thing or two about safeguarding businesses. In fact, we have been providing security solutions since 1996 and our experiences in that time make for good advice, particularly when it comes to business security.

In our experience, whether you’re a shop owner, an office manager or otherwise, there are certain security systems no business can afford to do without.

Check out this list of options currently available at IDS Security, designed to keep your business safe over Christmastime and running smooth all-year-round.

 

For more advice on office security over Christmas and Christmas office safety tips, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 20 753 251 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Keeping your eyes on all aspects of your business is the best way to keep things ticking over smoothly.

It's undeniable that installing CCTV cameras in any space instantly improves security and reduces the likelihood of illegal activities and vandalism. This, understandably, makes CCTV systems an appealing option for workspaces and offices, where business owners and managers need to keep their property safe. Besides the obvious security benefits, office CCTV systems also allow employers to monitor the productivity of staff.

External Office CCTV Systems

Installing CCTV cameras around the perimeter of your office is a sure-fire way to protect your property. The camera itself will act as a deterrent to anyone who is considering trespassing on your property, vandalising it, or committing any other illegal activities. There are few people who would be brave enough to commit a crime in full view of watchful eyes! 

Besides preventing criminal activities, external office security systems can be used to observe the people using the office car park, as well as clients and other members of the public entering and leaving the premises. This keeps your visitors and your employees safe at work. 

Internal Office CCTV Systems

If you are a business owner who is often away from the office, installing CCTV cameras for the office is a great way to keep your eye on what goes on behind closed doors! You can observe how well your employees are managing their time, whether they are working efficiently, and you can keep a record of office behaviour in case any office disputes occur.

Of course, if you want to install CCTV cameras in the office, you will need to notify your employees that they will be recorded. You can read more about data protection and using CCTV inside your business premises here

How Can We Help?

Here at IDS Security, we supply a huge range of security systems for your business, including CCTV cameras that can be used inside or outside. We use state-of-the-art technology to provide the best security solution for you! Our installers can asses your requirements and help you choose an office CCTV system that works exactly how you want it to. 

Want to find out more? Get in touch with our friendly team to discuss an assessment of your business premises. Call us on 029 20 753 251 - we look forward to hearing from you.

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Here at IDS, we not only offer fantastic security solutions for your home but also your business! We understand how much hard work goes into setting up businesses and the effects it can have when they are subject to crime and unlawful behaviour. That's why we are continuously encouraging all business owners to ensure that they are taking the appropriate measures to effectively protect their workplace. A great solution that provides an extra element of safety to your business is security barriers. These are an effective way to manage who enters and leaves your premises, providing you with the peace of mind that no unauthorised personnel can enter your business.

One type of business that security barriers can work particularly well in is offices, given that many can hold large amounts of people as well as very sensitive information. Meaning that the management of the personnel that can enter and exit becomes an important matter for business owners. A concern that can be made easier with our office security barriers.

Why Buy Office Security Barriers form IDS?

  • Our Office Security Barriers are easily managed and controlled - they are able to be fully integrated into a full access control system providing a further layer of security and safety.
  • Our Office Security Barriers are manufactured by CAME and FAAC, the two leading UK suppliers of security barriers and automated gates.
  • IDS do not only supply Office Security Barriers, but we are also able to install them! With the additional option of full-time maintenance service which guarantees a continuously smooth security service.

If you believe our Office Security Barriers are what you need to protect your business, why not call us today on 02920 753 251, email us at admin@ids-security.co.uk or fill out our enquiry form below.

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If you're worried about the security of your office, and you're looking to control who enters your offices, then our Office Entry Systems could be exactly what you're looking for. Our Door Entry Systems can control a single internal door to a fully computerised multi-site network of control points, whatever your requirements are we can provide the solution. 

The systems we supply can be used to control internal and external electronic, and magnetic door release and devices, that can only be operated by contactless smart cards, key fobs, or biometrics; giving you full control on who can gain access through the control points at any time of day. Our office door entry systems incorporate all the latest convenient technologies, ensuring that your employees feel secure as possible.
 
Our access control systems are sourced from a number of great leading British and European manufacturers and when choosing our suppliers, we always keep the customer in mind, ensuring that each and every customer receives a secure, user-friendly system that is suited to their needs. Whether you're looking for a hands-free door entry system, a console with audio/visual capabilities, or something even more advanced than that, we're confident our access control experts will get the job done. 
 
If you're interested in purchasing an Office Door Entry System, please contact us to request a quotation.
Door entry panel

Access control is all about managing who can and can't access a certain area. That area might be a car park, somebody's home, a 'staff only' area in a shopping centre...door entry panels are used for all kinds of different purposes, and as a result, you can find them practically everywhere. They're a very effective means of keeping unauthorised personnel out of restricted locations.

Here at IDS, we supply and install door entry panels in a wide variety of different locations for clients all over England and Wales. Here are some examples of where our access control systems have been utilised:
  • Apartment blocks and other residential buildings
  • Offices
  • Stockrooms and other 'staff only' areas in shops
  • Private car parks (often in conjunction with our vehicle barrier systems)
  • Schools and universities
  • Restricted areas in public buildings such as hospitals, leisure centres and tourist attractions
Our door entry systems use a variety of different authorisation methods, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your security requirements. For example, some of our clients choose systems that require the user to type in a secret code or swipe a key card in order to pass the access control point, whereas others opt for more sophisticated systems that use biometric technology (e.g. fingerprint scanners) to keep out trespassers.

Whatever your requirements, the IDS Security team can supply and install a cutting-edge access control system that's perfectly suited to your premises and the people who use them. If you choose to take out a maintenance contract with us, we also offer a 24/7 monitoring and engineering service to ensure that your door entry panels are secure and operational at all times.

For more information about our access control solutions, or to request a quote for your own door entry system, please contact IDS Security today.
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