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Houses in autumn

Today - the 22nd of September - is the first day of autumn. The nights have already started drawing in, and the days will only get shorter from here.

Autumn can be a magical time, but unfortunately, the longer nights do make things easier for burglars. According to insurance data from recent years, break-ins become 34% more common after the clocks have gone back, and it's not hard to guess why: criminals generally prefer to operate under cover of darkness, and there's more darkness to be had in autumn and winter than in spring and summer.


No matter what sort of service your business provides, it's important to ensure that your site / building is secure. Many business owners look to heighten their security after an incident has occurred, but it's far better to take the necessary measures beforehand and prevent break-ins from happening in the first place.

To ensure that you don't fall victim to theft, here are a few tips to help you bolster the security of your business:

Ensure everything is locked

This may seem pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how many times people forget to lock a door or window because they're in a rush to leave at the end of the day. Slow down and give yourself time to ensure that everything is locked; if you can't remember whether or not you checked a particular entry point (e.g. 'Did I remember to lock the windows in the break room?') then check again.

Install CCTV cameras

Installing surveillance cameras will deter criminals and help to prevent thefts from occurring. CCTV cameras can be fitted in a wide variety of locations to provide you with comprehensive coverage. To learn about the surveillance services we can offer your business, click here.

Don't hand out keys to just anyone

Only issue keys to reliable and trustworthy staff members. You don't want to hand a key to an employee who is likely to lose it or forget to lock up properly. Ensure that each keyholder understands the full lock-up process.

Control who enters your building

Installing a door entry system is a great way to control who is and isn't able to enter your building. These systems can be operated by trusted members of staff using contactless smart cards or key fobs. Door entry systems prevent strangers from strolling through your building, and therefore increase the security of your workplace and the people inside. To take a look at the door entry systems we can provide, please click here

Fit an intruder alarm

If you want to protect your business from intruders, there's no better way to do so than fitting an intruder alarm. If triggered, your alarm system will let the authorities know that an intruder has attempted to enter your building. It's important to ensure that your alarm system is properly armed when the building is left vacant. As with the keys to your office, you shouldn't share your alarm code with everybody; appoint dedicated alarm setters whom you can trust. If you're interested in installing an intruder alarm in your building, click here

Security Barriers 

Similar to door entry systems, security barriers are a great way to restrict the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on your site. We at IDS offer a fantastic range of security barrier systems; click here to find out more. 

Security systems

Security technology is more advanced now than it has ever been before, and yet break-ins and burglaries are still a big concern for business owners.

Fortunately, there are a few simple security measures that you can take in order to protect your business from crime, even when you're not on the premises. We specialise in security here at IDS - here are 4 security tips to help you safeguard your premises:

1. Lock all doors and windows.

This should go without saying, but many a business owner has gone home at the end of another day without locking up properly and ended up paying the price. You obviously need to lock all doors when you're not on the premises, but you should also be sure to shut and lock all windows: an open window is an easy access point for a burglar, and even if it's not open very wide, the intruder may still be able to force it open and climb through.

2. Make sure you've got good locking hardware.

Locks are your building's primary defence against trespassers, so do a little research and make sure you're using strong, high-quality locking hardware on all entrance points. You may also wish to invest in some shutters to give your premises an extra line of fortification.

3. Install an alarm system.

A good intruder alarm system will deter trespassers, and some of the more modern systems will automatically call the police when set off. Make sure you train your staff to activate and deactivate the alarm system, especially if they're responsible for opening and/or locking up the premises - you don't want them to leave the alarm system switched off overnight, and nor do you want them setting off the alarm and summoning the police for no reason!

4. Use CCTV cameras to keep watch while you're away.

Security cameras can be another very effective means of deterring potential burglars - most people won't commit a crime when they know that there's a camera watching their every move! Furthermore, if you are the victim of a break-in / burglary, CCTV footage can help the authorities to identify and track down the culprit more easily.

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