Insurance claims peak every year in winter, and statistics show that burglary rates increase by up to 20 percent. Accidents are also more common, and security systems, in general, are put to the test. Business owners would be wise to reassess their security measures and consider making changes to provide extra protection for the winter season.
Burglaries increase in the colder months due to a variety of factors. Fewer daylight hours give burglars more opportunity to break in with better cover and protection. Some people like to escape the cold months and choose to go on holiday during this time. This leaves burglars with more empty shop fronts and homes to choose from, and more opportunities for burglary.
To avoid the disaster of a break and enter, we have collated four tips to ensure your business’s safety and security:
- Refrain from hiding keys and keycards
Burglars are all too familiar with the hiding of keys and know exactly where to look. Plus, in many cases, burglars actually keep an eye on the business leading up to the robbery and watch for where your keys are hidden. Instead of placing a key under a mat or in a mailbox, use a formidable lockbox or switch your business to a keycode system.
- Increase lighting
With earlier sunsets, burglars have an increased time window to plan break-ins. A great way to combat this issue is to install exterior lighting. Using solar-powered lighting or a low-wattage bulb will mean that your electricity bills aren’t vastly impacted, while offering added protection for at-risk doors and windows. If you’re planning on leaving your home or business unattended for an extended period during the winter season, it is certainly worth considering this method. Burglars look for spaces that don’t look regularly occupied and target those on holiday.
- Use an alarm system
If you don’t have an alarm system in place, now might be the time to consider one, as a good quality alarm is one of the most reliable ways to keep burglars at bay. According to National Security Month statistics, 60% of burglaries that are attempted on homes and businesses fitted with alarms are unsuccessful. Alarms draw attention to the burglary in progress and a camera feature may allow for perpetrator identification. In addition, many alarm systems can now send a notice to local authorities.
- Lock doors, windows and gates
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to be extra vigilant in this season. A thief will search for any areas of weakness, often being doors, windows and gates. Always check each window and door to ensure they are locked before you leave.
We hope you find these tips useful and enjoy a safe and happy winter season.
CAP Security Services is a full-service security company. For more information on static security or any other services we offer, please contact our offices at:
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