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Business security advice

Alert message sent 08/05/2019 13:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

There has been a recent spate of business burglaries in North Bedfordshire. There is a lot you can do to reduce the risk of your business being targeted by burglars. Here is our advice:
  • Ensure all personal property is kept out of sight and locked away, e.g. in lockers or a locked draw.
  • Protect staff from theft and violence, e.g. screens.
  • Check the identity of visitors and people making deliveries.
  • Make visitors aware of the security measures you have taken to make them feel safer. This will also put off criminals.
  • Lock a delivery door immediately after delivery.
  • Encourage staff to report suspicious behaviour.
  • Reduce the amount of cash on the premises.
  • Transfer excess cash into a tamper-proof unit.
  • Avoid paying wages in cash.
  • Always counting cash out of sight.
  • Remove cash from each till over night and leaving the till draw open.
  • Remove all keys from the premises.
  • Look into installing an alarm connected to an alarm-receiving centre, which monitors alarm activations so calls can be passed to a security company, the police or someone who has a key.
  • Intruder alarms may need to be supported by other security devices. These can include CCTV, devices that generate smoke (to impair intruders vision) or chemical marker systems. All technical systems must be regularly maintained.
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Helen Hutchinson (Beds Police, Channels and Content Officer, Bedfordshire)

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