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How you can keep your business safe this Christmas
Criminals have been known to take advantage of the stress that often surrounds a lot of businesses during the festive period, and as a result, crimes like theft, vandalism and trespassing become more common occurrences. Security is exactly what we provide here at Bollard Security, and we’ve been supplying our clients with the strongest security bollards and automatic bollards for nearly 20 years! So, here are a few things that you can do as a business owner to help protect your business during the festive period.
Common types of Christmas-season crimes
There are a few crimes that criminals tend to favour at this time of year, but a lot of businesses assume that there’s no need to think ahead for the festive season because they feel they’ve already got adequate security measures in place. However, there are a few crimes that tend to see a rise over the Christmas period which are worth keeping in mind.
Theft. Theft is one of the most common crimes committed at Christmas. Criminals will often target businesses that they know will be empty and holding increased levels of stock. The shorter days and longer nights are also an attractive prospect to thieves, as it makes it easier for them to go undetected.
In-house theft. Christmas can be a stressful time for a lot of your members of staff. Many of them will be trying to plan their celebrations while also trying to get as much work done before the end of the year as possible. So, whilst it might be difficult to believe, theft committed by employees often increases over the festive period due to the levels of stress associated with this time of year. People may be more tempted to take things to help them alleviate the financial burden that Christmas can impose out of desperation. This is a tricky issue to navigate though, so always ensure that you’ve got substantial proof before making any unfounded accusations!
Vandalism. People are in a celebratory mood once the festive period comes around, so it’s fair to say that the general level of alcohol consumption is at a yearly high during this time. As a result, increased consumption of alcohol over the festive period can often lead to an increase in vandalism by those out and about celebrating the festive season.
How extra security measures help to protect your business
Physical security solutions such as security gates, barriers and bollards are highly effective at preventing a wide range of crimes in general, and this is still true during the Christmas period. This is mainly because they provide access control., which is a benefit that other security systems like CCTV can’t provide.
Our security bollards also provide substantial security benefits, especially since just their presence alone can be a fantastic way of deterring potential intruders. They work as a brilliant deterrent against any potential thieves and vandals, providing a solid barrier that will stop even the most determined crooks from poaching a member of your fleet. Many of our more industrious models also come with anti ram-raid classification, and are specifically designed to withstand significant impact from vehicles. So, should anyone attempt to make a forced entry onto your property, you can be sure that our automatic bollards will hold firm.
Interested? Here at Bollard Security, we carry huge stock of all types of bollards including parking bollards, telescopic bollards and parking posts. Check out our products online to find out which ones could be the best fits for your business. And if you ever need any guidance or you’ve got questions that need answering, you can call up one of our in-house experts on 01535 509001 – we’re always happy to see how we can help!