Making your business safer

You can help prevent crime by taking simple measures to ensure site safety and security inside and outside your business. This will help to deter criminals from attempting to gain access to your business.

Things to consider

Perimeter security

When installing perimeter security, fencing is highly recommended and effective against criminals. It is important to also make sure that all entry points are secure, especially when the premises are empty


The level of security you invest in should depend on the level of risk your business is subjected to. Things to consider include where the business is located, the age of the building and business specialism. CCTV, alarms, security lighting and naturel surveillance by employees are some of the most important security features to consider


Alarms are an effective deterrent against criminals as they are more likely to be caught if an alarm is activated There are a wide variety of alarms available to purchase depending on requirements and budget. A reputable alarm company will be able to advise you on options available. It is also worthwhile checking with your insurer as your premium can be reduced by taking extra security measures


CCTV systems are an effective and useful tool for crime prevention and can help the police when investigating a crime. However careful consideration should be taken to the placement and management of any CCTV system. For systems to be effective you should consider the following advice:

Security lighting

Installing security lighting outside your business is a good deterrent as it makes criminals feel vulnerable and observed. Security lighting should highlight high-risk areas and allow occupiers to see people approaching. The type of lighting you require will depend on the level of risk, the geography of the area and the type of surveillance you already have in place. The most common form of lighting is passive infrared, with is activated when someone comes into its field of vision.

Car parks

Car parks should be in good view and in well-lit areas that are safe to access from the buildings they serve.

Professionally installed CCTV systems and guard patrols (for larger car parks) are ideal for car park security. Barriers are also effective

Building security

Your building security is vital to help prevent thieves entering your premises. It is important to identify possible weak points; these can include doors, windows, delivery bays, skylights, access hatches and ventilation grilles.



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Darker nights and businesses

With most store break-ins occurring at night, the darker nights during the winter months provide burglars with more opportunity to break into businesses. Burglars often use the darkness to conceal themselves. We are encouraging all businesses to ‘Lock up and light up’ during the darker nights to help reduce your risk of being burgled.

Outdoor lighting can act as a deterrent to burglars because they can be seen more easily. It is a good idea to floodlight passageways and all entrances to buildings.

Indoor lighting is just as important. When a business leaves lights on, it makes it easier for others to see burglars moving around the building. When stores have good internal lighting and shop window displays that are arranged so anyone can see into the store, it is off putting for the burglar.

Advice for businesses during darker nights:

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