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Businesses warned over burglaries during Covid-19 pandemic

Gardai believe there could be an increase in organised acquisitive crime across the country – including burglaries of business premises – and have increased garda patrols and are proactively targeting known local criminals.

ESP Security are also advising residents to make sure that their valuables are secure, especially as warmer weather may well result in opportunistic crooks taking advantage of properties left insecure. Owners of high value jewellery are encouraged to ensure it is securely locked away in the house, ideally in a safe or similar secure storage, rather than being left in drawers or cupboards. Residents should ensure that doors to their homes are kept locked, especially overnight, but also when they might be out enjoying their gardens, and that they have measures in place to keep their residence secure.

ESP Security are also urging business owners to ensure that they have sufficient and robust security features in place and that they are in full working order. Security cameras should be checked and owners need to make sure that any service doors are both secure and locked. Don’t store cash in premises whilst they are closed. As many businesses have been forced to close due to the ‘lockdown’, the vacant premises are more vulnerable to being targeted by criminals seeking to make a profit from this pandemic. We urge business owners to heed this preventative advice and take simple measures to better protect themselves and their livelihoods.

You’ve invested a great deal of time, energy and money in your business premises, but burglars are cunning and make it their business to gain entry to it. Below you’ll find advice on how to deter them.

1. Identify areas that may be vulnerable to forced entry and have them made more secure.

2. Make sure any service doors are locked and secure when not in use.

3. Make sure you have a monitored alarm and that it’s fully operational. 

5. Make sure your CCTV is operational, provides facial recognition as well as good quality images and covers any vulnerable areas. 24-hour digital CCTV is also highly recommended. 

6. Make sure that wheelie bins are stored away as these can be climbed on to gain access to the building, especially via the first floor.

7. Make sure there is sufficient lighting around the premises, especially loading areas.

8. Consider moving high-value goods away from display windows overnight.

9. Prune any overgrown bushes or nearby trees, as they can provide cover for anyone trying to hide from view.

10. Try not to keep cash on the premises and always use a bolted-down safe with a time lock and anti-tamper sensors that trigger an alarm.

11. Make sure stockrooms are locked and, where possible, keep stock out of sight.

12. Smoke-generating devices that activate on unauthorised entry create a smokescreen and foil burglary. They’re designed not to damage stock.

13. Make sure your keys are not left on the premises and that only designated staff have access. In case of emergency, make sure there’s a list of keyholders who can be contacted.

For further advice on how to secure you business, contact ESP Security today. 


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