That time of the year has rolled around once more, and Christmas is just around the corner.
After a year of hard work, it is time for you and your employees to enjoy a few well earned days off to relax with your families and look forward to the year ahead.
Nothing ruins a festive celebration, however, quite like that dreaded phone call letting you know that your premises have been broken into or your cyber business security systems have been compromised.
Unfortunately, whilst most people see Christmas as a time for celebration and to see their loved ones, criminals see it as an opportunity to take advantage of the thousands of commercial premises left unattended for several days at a time.
The last thing that you need is for all the success you have had over the past year to be unravelled just a few short days before the new year.
Luckily, Select Solutions are here to help. We are one of the UK’s top commercial security firms, supplying CCTV, alarm systems, access control gates, security guards and more to businesses across the nation.
By following a few simple tips in this guide you will be able to protect yourself over the Christmas break, letting you relax and enjoy the festivities safe in the knowledge that you will return to your property just the way you left it.
Here are 5 of the most important steps that any business owner can take to protect their premises over the Christmas season.
Tip 1- Hire a professional business security firm
Select Solutions operate 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day. Just because your staff are all off over the winter break, doesn’t mean that you need to leave your site completely unattended.
Hiring professional security officers to protect your property will dramatically reduce the risk of a Christmas criminal picking you as a target and ensure that any that do will be swiftly dealt with.
If you don’t wish to have full time security on site, a monitored alarm system will ensure that any incidents will be dealt with by a nearby team of security experts.
Tip 2 – Install lighting
No, we aren’t talking fairy lights here. A lack of lighting, especially in the winter when the days are so short is the first and most obvious indication of a lack of activity on any commercial sites. It stands out like a beacon to criminals and is often the number one attraction when picking a target.
If you don’t wish to have lighting on all the time whilst you are away, at least install motion detection lighting that triggers when someone approaches or timer lighting that illuminates the site at certain times of the day.
Tip 3 – Install CCTV
With CCTV in place you can check on the status of your site anytime and anywhere, even whilst sitting around the table for Christmas dinner. This will allow you to relax and enjoy the festivities safe in the knowledge that all is well. The sight of CCTV cameras will also put off potential intruders and ensures that any incidents are fully recorded for use by the police or in an insurance claim if the worst does happen.
Tip 4 – Be a good neighbour
Tis the season for sharing after all. If your premises is located in a commercial hub such as a retail or business park, why not collaborate with your neighbouring companies to ensure none of you are the victim of a Christmas crime.
You could arrange a rota where one person from each business does a quick check of the site each day during the festive period or spread the cost of hiring security across a number of companies.
Tip 5 – Don’t Advertise your Empty property
We get it, you want to post on social media letting your customers know that you are closed for business for a few days, keeping them informed and ensuring no-one is disappointed.
Spreading the news across all your platforms, however, is as good as screaming from the rooftops that your property will be empty for a certain amount of time and any nearby criminal is welcome to pay you a visit. Stick to the Christmas greetings on your social media posts instead.
If you have any questions about how to keep your business site safe during the festive season, or at any other time of the year for that matter, the expert team at Select Solutions would be delighted to help.
We provide extensive security services to businesses like yours across the nation, helping our clients protect themselves from all sorts of external and internal threats and giving them the platform that they need to thrive.
Call us now on 0845 12 13 999 for more information about how we can help you.