Businesses urged to make security a priority this winter


  • Security services’ 2014 statistics show nearly one in four businesses experienced a security incident in December
  • Experts offer their advice on how businesses can optimise their security over the festive season

One in four sites could face a security incident this December, says Farsight Security Services.

The national security company warns shutting up shop over the festive season could make businesses a target for intruders if they fail to introduce the correct measures.

Statistics highlight nearly one in four (24 per cent) of the sites monitored by the remote monitoring station experienced an incident in December 2014.

Malcolm O’Shea Barnes, senior operations manager at Farsight, says, “At Farsight we monitor the intruder alarm and CCTV systems for many different sites across the UK. These statistics show that in the December there is a real risk that sites could experience a security breach – whether that’s disruption to CCTV cameras, an intruder witnessed or evidence of a break-in.

“It’s common knowledge that many businesses close for the period from Christmas to New Year. Empty premises are the perfect target for opportune intruders, especially businesses with expensive equipment or machinery.”

In light of this, the security services are issuing their advice for businesses and facilities managers on how they can ensure their security systems are up to scratch for the Christmas period:

  1.  Take weather into consideration: check that your security lighting is working and provides a clear image via CCTV cameras. Also consider if the weather could cause environmental damage, which may obstruct security cameras or damage fences, gates and railings.
  2.  Keep perimeters secure: don’t leave skips, boxes or vehicles near your perimeter, as these can help intruders jump down into your site.
  3.  Have a process in place for locking up: don’t leave one person to lock up for the holidays. At this time of year it’s vital that you lock up every possible entry point. Check windows, doors, fire escapes and outbuildings such as warehouses, garages and secure car parks.
  4. Update your security services on Christmas working hours: inform your security services of changes to working hours at your premises over December and January: if you’re closing completely; only working occasional hours; expecting just a couple of personnel to be on site or even if you’re expecting deliveries. If your remote monitoring station knows these details they can act decisively if they identify an individual on your site.
  5. Check your key holder information: inform the relevant parties if any of your key holders are away for the holidays. Replace these keyholders with someone else who will be nearby and available to attend the site in an emergency.
  6. Update your security system’s clock: check your security system to see if your lighting is timed separately from your cameras. If so make sure they are in sync and have both been updated to account for the longer nights and for the clocks going back. Also check the time on your CCTV cameras as an incorrect time could make footage unusable as evidence. 

About Farsight Security Services Ltd

Farsight Security Services Ltd is an event driven, remote video, fire and intruder alarm receiving centre. Established in 1996, Farsight grew to become the largest monitoring station in Europe, as well as a pioneer in remote security provision. Since 2007 Farsight has been, independently, owned by Optex Japan: the world’s leading manufacturer of intruder alarm and CCTV passive infrared detectors. Today, Farsight answers 96% of its alarms in fewer than 90 seconds, far exceeding the industry average.

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