It is a fact that keeping windows and doors of houses, sheds and garages locked and secure significantly reduces the chances of being burgled – Lock up and keep safe.
Items stolen as a result of insecurities tend to be smaller things such as cameras, laptops, and mobile phones from houses, or tools, cycles and lawnmowers from sheds or garages.
It’s tempting at the end of a relaxing day in the Summer to leave items out such as games, BBQs, garden furniture, toys, and bicycles. These items are attractive to thieves and costly to replace. A few minutes packing up the garden could prevent later inconvenience and expense.
Friends, family, and neighbours should keep an eye on the elderly and/or vulnerable to prevent them becoming victims of distraction burglars or rogue traders – If in doubt, keep them out.
Basic security steps to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of opportunist crime are listed below.
An online suite of bespoke, easy to follow crime prevention documents are also available to view and download on the constabulary’s website for free at
Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Suffolk police on:
- or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
or use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident:
DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.
- Keep locked and secured by a decent lock which is ‘Secure by Design’ rated.
- Ensure security markings are recorded and photos of the caravan taken.
- If possible, park them under lit areas and consider CCTV.
- Strongly recommened - have tracking devices fitted, as these can result in prompt recovery
Other useful tips to consider include:
- Use locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the wheels
- Do not leave expensive personal belongings inside and ensure they lock them on site when out for the day also. If out for the evening, consider leaving a light and or radio on, to make the place look occupied.
- Consider the use of shed alarms which are relatively inexpensive easily available at hard ware stores yet provide a good deterrent.
Site owners, are urged to review their site security and consider such things as CCTV, barriers, lighting, ditches around the perimeter to prevent access via fields, regular patrols around the site, particularly after dark to ensure security is maintained.
If anyone sees any suspicious activity on a caravan site they should try and obtain descriptions and vehicle registrations.
For further useful tips please download this leaflet
Cash Point (Skimming)
Please be on your guard when withdrawing money from of cash points and think security when withdrawing money, paying attention to the advice on the machines.
There are a number of simple steps, which all cardholders can take to help fight ATM crime.
- Scan the whole ATM area before you approach it. Avoid using the ATM if there are suspicious-looking individuals around.
- Check to see if anything looks unusual or suspicious about the ATM showing it might have been tampered with.
- If it appears to have any attachments to the card slot or key pad, do not use it and if possible alert nearby staff or call the police.
- Stand close to the ATM and shield the keypad with your hand when keying in your PIN to prevent a camera or prying eyes obtaining those details
- If your card gets jammed or retained by the machine report this immediately to your bank or building society, ideally using your mobile phone while you are still in front of the machine.
- Check that others in the queue keep a good distance from you. If anybody is standing so close to you that they can see your hands, then don't enter your pin number. Trust your instincts and, if you feel uncomfortable, discontinue the transaction and walk away.
- Keep your PIN secret. Never reveal your PIN to anyone, not to someone claiming to be from your bank, the police and especially not to a "helpful" stranger.
- Try and make sure that the number is kept private and be swift to remove both the card and money when they are returned to you.
- Be especially cautious if strangers try to distract you or offer to help at an ATM, even if your card is stuck or you are experiencing difficulty with the transaction.
- Regularly check your account balance and keep your receipt to check against your statement.
Please call the police immediately using 999 if you see anybody acting suspicious near ATM machines.
Cold Callers and Rogue Traders
Rogue traders trick people, often by pretending to be builders and charging very high prices for unnecessary or shoddy work. They will often call without an appointment which is known as 'cold calling'.
To avoid becoming a victim of rogue traders, follow these simple steps:
- Lock your back door before answering the front door.
- Never agree to have work done by somebody who has knocked on your door.
- Use a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door and keep the chain on. If you do not recognise the caller then speak through the closed and locked door.
- Always ask for proof of identity. Take it from the person (through the letterbox) and read it carefully before deciding what to do.
- Never use a phone number provided by the caller as it could be a false number to an accomplice.
- Avoid going outside so they can show you what needs doing as they will probably have an accomplice who will enter your house while you are distracted to steal from you.
- Never pay for work before it is completed. Always agree a final price in writing and get an invoice and receipt as proof of payment.
- Do not accept any offer to drive you to the bank to withdraw money or give them your bank details.
A person who comes to your house without an appointment who is selling something or offering work on your house or garden is a cold caller.
- Tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave. If they refuse call the police and dial 999 if you feel at risk or are being threatened or pressured.
- Never give bank details to a caller, even those claiming to be from charities. Police will have a list of charitable organisations visiting your area which can be checked by calling 101. We recommend that you contact the charity directly if you wish to make a regular donation through your bank or building society.
- Display a No Cold Calling sticker on your door which are free from Trading Standards and never buy goods and services from people calling at your door.
- If you have any doubt, keep them out and remember you do not have to open the door.
Report any suspicious activity to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Further advice on how to deal with cold callers and rogue traders can be found here.
For further information on Cold Callers please go to
Stickers advising that you do not buy or sell at your door can be collected from Museum Street, Ipswich Police station –
You may wish to set up a No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ) in your area. This is an area where the majority of residents wish to prevent cold callers in order to deter crime at the location. Stickers are provided to demonstrate the fact that it is a NCCZ. Anyone caught selling door to door in these areas is committing a criminal offence that can be investigated by Suffolk Trading Standards. For further information on NCCZ please go to:
Cyber bullying is when an individual or a group of people use modern technology such as email, instant messaging, text messaging or social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, to intimidate and bully someone. For the victim, cyber bullying can be abusive, causing distress humiliation and embarrassment.
Those who take part in online bullying often use a group of friends to target their victims. They can ask others to add a comment to a photo on a blog, or forward something embarrassing onto another group of friends. Sometimes, these people do not even realise they are actually bullying someone.
If someone is bullying you on your own social profile page, there are tips you can follow, which if necessary can help the police investigating these types of offences:
- Keep and save any bullying emails or images you have been sent.
- Take a screenshot of any comments that are threatening, but then delete them so you don't have to read them again.
- Make a note of the time and date that messages or images were sent, along with any details you have about the sender.
- Try changing your online user ID or nickname.
- Do not reply to any bullying messages or get into any online arguments.
Cycles / Bikes
Full details on reducing the risk of cycle theft can be found by following this link:
However, there are a few key points it is worth highlighting:
- Always lock your cycle whenever you leave it, even if it is only for a few moments.
- Use a quality cycle lock approved to Sold Secure Gold:
- Use two types of Sold Secure locks – a D lock and a chain with a padlock for example.
- Always lock your cycle to a solid, immovable object, preferably at purpose built cycle parking.
- Never leave your cycle insecure at home. As well as using the lock and chain, lock it inside a shed, garage or purpose built cycle store. Lock the gate into the garden too if you can.
- Register your cycle at:
Keep a note of the frame number, make and model.
Thieves will cut locks in broad daylight. Be aware of and immediately report any suspicious behaviour.
- LOCK – Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home.
- STOP – Before you answer the door, stop, and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked any back door and taken the key out. Look through the spy-hole or the window to see who it is.
- CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep. (Normally when the door is shut and locked, leave the chain or bar off in case you need to get out in an emergency.
- CHECK – Check their details and identity before you let them into your home. If it is someone looking for help only go out to help if you have someone else with you. If it is someone claiming to be an official, ask for and carefully check their identity card, make sure the caller’s name and picture are the same as on the identity card, even if the visit is pre-arranged. Check their identity with the company concerned if you are at all suspicious.
The most common tricks used to get into peoples homes are:
- Claiming to be from the water or gas board, charity, council or police
- Asking to use the toilet or telephone
- Claiming to have lost a ball in the garden
- Offering to do work on the house, such as gardening or building work
- Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, if possible with the opening towards your body.
- Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till.
- Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats.
- Avoid carrying your purse or wallet in a back trouser pocket.
- Keep cash secure and out of sight.
- Do not leave your handbag, pushchair or shopping trolley unattended for any length of time
Dogs / Pets
- Security measures to prevent thefts include good quality locks and lighting, while consideration should be given to CCTV and sensors as these offer an early alert to the presence of intruders.
- Gardens should be well secured with fencing or hedges, while gates should be kept locked.
- Owners are advised not to leave dogs out in open gardens and yards when they are not at home and, if possible, they should be brought into the house overnight.
- Ensure your dog is chipped and, if neutered, mark the dog’s tag as such as this makes them less attractive to thieves that may want to steal them for breeding.
- When out walking, if you let your dog off the lead, don’t allow it to leave your sight.
Members of the public are being urged to increase their vigilance around home and vehicle security.
Dark evenings can provide the perfect cover for burglars but by carrying out a few simple crime prevention steps, householders and motorists can thwart opportunist criminals.
- Keep all doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back gardens.
- Remove keys from the locks and keep them out of sight. Make sure you have a fire exit plan so everyone can get out safely in an emergency.
- Shut windows when you are not in the room.
- Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
- Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
- Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
- Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
- Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.
- Make your home look lived in. Have one or more light on a timer all the time. That way your home will be lit in the same way every evening, making it more difficult to tell if someone is at home or not.
- ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
- Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
- You could also consider installing a doorbell camera in order to potentially film an opportunist burglar in action.
- Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.
- Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
- Avoid keeping valuable jewellery in the master bedroom & never keep quantities of cash at home.
- Never leave spare keys in an open place. Be aware, burglars know all the usual hiding places so never leave a spare key under the doormat or under a garden gnome.
- Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
- Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
- Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
If you hear or see anything suspicious, call police immediately. Please don’t assume someone else will do it.
These are Suffolk Police’s top 10 tips to help prevent burglary:
- Prevent access to rear of property (eg high lockable gates-walls, fences).
- Fit British-standard five-lever Mortise locks (or UPVC equivalent) to all external doors.
- Fit (and use) locks to all ground-floor windows and remove keys from locks.
- Rear garden fencing/walls should be approximately 6ft, preferably with additional topping (eg trellis or plastic strips with conical points to make climbing difficult). Homeowners should pay particular attention to fences and walls that adjoin alleyways, footpaths or open land.
- Reduce cash kept in the house to a minimum and ensure good quality jewellery is not left in jewellery boxes or dressing tables.
- Security mark (with house number and postcode) desirable items (eg flatscreen televisions, laptops, mobile telephones and games consoles) and record details and photograph for reference in the event of theft.
- Fit additional padlocks and hasps on garage doors-ensure no tools left out and garages and sheds locked.
- Do not hide spare keys unsecured outside properties.
- Use timer plugs to give the impression property is inhabited when empt
- Consider fitting a burglar alarm as a back up.
- Apply the same security to your property if it is under renovation or unoccupied, especially if you store tools and equipment in the house. Also consider an alarm and/or CCTV that you can view remotely from your phone
Leaving your house in total darkness is a sure sign no-one’s at home and an invitation to burglars.
Burglars look for quick win opportunities; they don’t want to run the risk of a confrontation so simply leaving a light on to give the impression someone is at home is often enough to deter them. Timer switches can also be fitted to operate radios and lights if you’re not back from work until after dark or if you’re away for a few days. Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken in to.
A high proportion of all break-ins are as a result of properties being left insecure so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.
Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother – and also to never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot. Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.
- Stay alert and aware of what's going on around you when using your phone in public.
- If you're not making a call, keep your phone hidden away in one of your front pockets or inside a bag.
- Always use your phone’s security code or PIN
- Keep a record of your unique reference number (IMEI). To get this, dial *#06#, which allows you to block it from being used if it is stolen.
- Download a tracking application, which could help trace your device if it’s stolen.
- Use an ultra violet property marker to write your post code and house number on valuable possessions.
- Insure your possessions and keep the insurance details handy.
If you own a motorbike, review your security to reduce the chance of having your bike stolen. The more layers of security you can introduce, the more time it will take a thief to steal your motorbike and the greater the chance of them being caught. Do not rely on one security method only.
Full details of Motorbike security can be found at:
but please take particular note of the following points:
- Store your motorbike in a locked garage or shed. If this is not possible, try to park it behind a locked gate.
- Use an SBD or Sold Secure diamond motorbike chain. Secure it to an immovable object such as a ground anchor. If no immovable objects are available, wind the chain tightly between the back wheel and frame. Ensure that the chain is taut and away from the ground to make it harder to smash, break or force apart.
- Use a cover on your motorbike. It may make it harder for a thief to see it and will delay any attempt to steal it.
- Use an alarm on your motorbike.
- Park your motorbike where there is good surveillance. A motion activated CCTV system will allow you to monitor it in real time. Park it close to a room that is occupied at night and make sure you react to any alarm activations. Check on it regularly.
Always regularily review the security of sheds, garages & outbuildings. To reduce the risk of shed/garage/outbuilding crime the following steps are advised:
- Consider reinforcing the inside walling of outbuildings with secure metal sheeting and fit good quality central mortise locks to BS 3261 standard, or closed shackle Sold Secure police approved padlocks and hasps.
- Reinforce hasps from the inside by placing a small piece of metal on the inside, where holes are drilled to match the outside hasp and then put a good bolt, or non-tamper screw through to the other side, so If someone comes along to try to jemmy, or force off the hasp it should remain intact.
- Secure valuables such as cycle/lawnmowers and other large valuable items with D-locks and good quality chain locks around ground anchor posts, or if you can’t fit an anchor post use a side fitting shed shackle.
- Protect your outbuilding with a ‘Birmingham shed bar’ across the door to prevent access. This and other approved security products will improve the security of your shed or outbuilding and can be found at www.soldsecure.com or www.securedbydesign.com.
- Make sure you lock windows and either paint over or cover the glass with anti-shatter film to avoid people looking in to see what you have to steal and to keep the glass intact. Wire mesh can also be used on the inside to improve overall security.
- If shed alarms are in use, do not use audible only, instead use text alarms that can send a message immediately to the owner when movement is immediately detected inside, or if it is possible to do so link outbuildings to your house alarm.
- Look at the perimeter of your property and look at ways of preventing access, such as secure side gates and incorporate anti-climb features.
- Consider defensive planting around the perimeter to deter entry, i.e. hawthorn berberis or holly.
- Register make, model and serial numbers of tools, cycles and valuable equipment via Immobilise https://www.immobilise.com/ Make a personal record and photograph valuable items.
- Overtly mark your property with your house number and postcode so that marking is permanent and property is less attractive for a thief to sell.
- The police prefer security to be layered with a number of security options instead of relying on just one main security measure.
Ensure that you take steps to reduce the risk of any deliveries being stolen:
- Arrange deliveries for a time when you know someone will be at home. Use the tracking option to assist.
- Consider having deliveries made to your workplace or a trusted friend if you won’t be at home.
- If you know you won’t be able to accept a parcel, arrange for a click and collect delivery so that it is held securely until you can collect it.
- Make sure you update the delivery instructions when you place an order in case you are not able to accept it. Ideally ask for the package to be left with a trusted neighbour or arrange to collect it.
- If you do ask for the parcel to be left at your address, make sure it is left out of sight, ideally within a secure locker bolted to the ground. Many of the parcels that are stolen have been left in insecure front porches or simply on the doorstep.
- Consider installing CCTV that you can view remotely or a video doorbell (see Secured By Design). This will allow you to watch where the delivery is placed and also monitor any activity after it has been left.
To help prevent personal theft:
- Carry wallets in an inside pocket, where possible, but never in your back pocket.
- Zip up hand and shoulder bags, and carry with the fasteners against your body to prevent a thief from dipping into it.
- Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm, or in front of you.
- Don’t display jewellery.
- Don’t show your money — keep it safely in your pocket.
- Never leave your bags or other valuables unattended.
- Ensure any bags placed on the on the floor are in front of you so that any movement of the bag will be noticeable.
Your ten tips for staying safe:
- Think through your route
- Personal attack alarms are cheap, reassuring and effective
- Keep to well-lit, busy areas and avoid short cuts
- Keep valuables tucked away out of sight
- Accept the offer of company from a relative or friend – ‘safety in numbers’
- Stay alert to your surroundings and avoid wearing earphones
- If you hear footsteps behind you, turn and look. It may deter a potential attacker if they know they have been seen
- If you feel you are being followed, cross the road or change direction towards a busy place
- Walk towards on-coming traffic and don’t approach an unknown vehicle if it stops near you
- Always ensure that there is someone who knows where you are.
- Don’t forget to lock your car doors, close windows and secure your sunroof – and never leave your keys in the ignition.
- If you have a garage, use it - but still lock your vehicle. If you park on a driveway or on the street, try to ensure it is in a well-lit area.
- Activate your steering lock and use a visible mechanical lock inside your vehicle – it may deter the thief from even trying. Consider having an anti-theft device, an engine immobiliser or alarm fitted, preferably with a visible warning light to warn thieves that your car is protected.
- Don't leave valuables or other items on view in your car. A handbag ‘hidden’ under a seat or a mobile phone left on the dashboard are an easy target. A coat or newspaper on the back seat could be hiding something – an opportunist thief will break in to take a look.
- Try not to leave anything of value in your vehicle, even for a short time. Take the items with you or leave them at home.
- If your car is fitted with a removable radio or front plate, remember to take it out, and if you have a satellite navigation system don't leave the docking station on the windscreen as this advertises the fact you have the system. The thief will break in and check the glove box thinking that you may have left it in there.
- Security mark all your audio equipment with your postcode. Have index marks or vehicle identification numbers etched on all glass surfaces.
- Don’t leave documents that may aid the thief, such as your driving licence, MoT and insurance certificate in your vehicle.
- Thieves steal wheels, especially expensive alloy ones, valuable parts, and even siphon off fuel - so fit locking wheel nuts and lock your fuel filler cap.
Keyless entry allows drivers to open and start the vehicle without even touching the fob or even removing it from their pocket. Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations be exploited by criminals. Thieves will use scanners to detect the electronic signal from the keys, copy it and then take the vehicle. Ideally, the keys should not be left near doors/windows where someone could easily pick up the signal – try and store them away from the perimeter walls of the property/business or in a faraday pouch.
Things you can do are:
Contact your vehicle dealership and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of.
Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your vehicle dealership can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
Store your keys away from household entry points and windows. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal.
Drivers are also being urged to keep both sets of keys in a faraday cage or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.
You may also want to consider:
Fitting aftermarket locks and alarms (see
Secure storage vault within the vehicle.
Removing tools from the vehicle.
Overtly marking tools with your details and also registering items with a serial number at
Parking your vehicle within a secure building or compound.
Parking your vehicle with the doors against a wall or garage to restrict access.
Installing CCTV that sends a notification when activated.
For more details on the above guidance on vehicle security you can go to the Constabulary’s A - Z of crime prevention - First Principle site -
Local Businesses - Commericial Burglaries
- Are there good quality locks on all doors and windows at ground level?
- Are there good quality locks on each accessible door and window above ground level?
- Can internal doors be locked when left unattended for long periods? (Providing no one is living within the confines of the property)
- Are all fire doors alarmed?
- Do you nominate members of staff to check that all doors and windows are closed and locked at the end of the business day?
- If you have a burglar alarm, are your staff familiar with the procedures for switching it on and off (In order to reduce false alarms)?
- Do you maintain good visibility around the perimeter of your building e.g. cutting back overgrown planting?
- Do you have adequate lighting around your building during the hours of darkness?
- Do you have your CCTV cameras regularly maintained?
- Do the CCTV cameras cover the entrances and exits to your building?
- Do you have CCTV cameras covering critical areas in your business such as server rooms or cash offices?
- Do you store the CCTV images in accordance with the evidential needs of the police?
- Could you positively identify an individual from the recorded images on your CCTV system?
Most business burglaries occur through smashing glass windows or panels in doors:
Grilles and Shutters: These can be an excellent way of deterring burglars, but externally fitted varieties will need planning permission. There are three main types:
- Internal grilles are usually a thin lattice mesh that is lowered just behind the window. (Note that these do not protect the window and glass replacement is often the greatest cost in a burglary);
- External metal grilles are usually of the ‘tube and link’ design;
- External roller shutters (made from solid aluminium or steel strips or laths which can have ‘windows’ punched into them to allow window shoppers a glimpse of your wares).
External grilles and shutters usually roll up into a housing behind the fascia while the shop is trading; some are taken down in sections and stored inside the shop.
Fit grilles inside: You can protect high value goods within the shop floor area by securing high risk display cabinets, such as for tobacco displays, with protective grilles and shutters.
Glass ‘film’: A reasonably cheap way of improving the strength of glass windows against smash and grab attacks is by applying a plastic film, available in various grades, to the rear of the window. This is a good deterrent but filmed glass windows are slightly less clear than non-filmed windows. Mirror-finished film on rear windows will both increase the strength of the glass and fully restrict a burglar’s view into rear storage areas.
Laminated glass: This is very difficult to break through in a ‘smash and grab’ attack because it is made by bonding a layer of tough plastic between sheets of glass, and this will hold the window together even after the glass has broken. However, to be effective you must ensure that window frames and fixings are equally strong, and bear in mind that you will often have to pay to replace the glass, even if the burglars were not able to take your stock.
For further advice on securing your businesses you can:
- contact the general police number "101" and ask for assistance from a Design Out Crime Officer (DOCO) for your area or
- you can visit the Suffolk Police Community Safety site:
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a location, or have any information on any offences that have recently occurred, please contact Suffolk Police via:
DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.
Business Crime Reduction Advice
In order to reduce the risk of burglary at your business, please note the following crime reduction points and web links from the national police website Secured by Design:
- Do you have a (written) procedure to ensure that the building is always secure, especially when unoccupied and are all staff aware of these procedures? This should include a reminder to check all windows, doors, including fire doors are secure and that the alarm has been set. Further information on access control can be found at
- Can you secure the perimeter of your premises, especially at the rear? If not, consider whether robust gates/fences could be installed. Further information on perimeter security can be found at
- Are the fire doors robust and secure? A number of burglaries have occurred through offenders accessing the fire doors.Are (vulnerable) doors and windows, especially those out of view, covered by sturdy shutters or grilles? Further information on the building shell, glazing, security grilles and shutters can be found at
- Are the loading area shutters sturdy and secure? Further information on garage doors and vehicular roller shutters can be found at:
- Have you checked your CCTV recently to ensure that it is working, the lenses are clean and the images free from obstacles that could obscure viewing, in order to provide images that allow the opportunity for identification/prosecution, from all main areas? Further information on CCTV can be found at:
- If your CCTV is hardwired in and has hard disc drives, are they hidden away and secured so that offenders cannot take them with them, along with evidence of their being on site.Is your alarm/CCTV monitored? How long could someone be in the building prior to activating the alarm, bearing in mind that attacks may be made through the shell or roof of the building? Alarms should fitted to BS EN 50132-7:2012+A1 2013 standards. It is always advisable to place security grilles/bars over skylights.
- Be aware that some offenders will test a building’s security by deliberately setting off an alarm to check on how long a key holder’s response time is. All activations should be taken seriously.Have you considered higher levels of security such as fogging devices, roof grilles and roof alarms? Further information on fogging devices can be found at:
- Do you have steps in place to restrict easy access to the building roof? Such as anti-climb paint, or hostile toppings.Do you and your staff know how to report an incident and suspicious activity to police?
- Staff should wear identification badges whilst at work and anyone without an identification badge should be challenged.All visitors should have temporary identification and be supervised by a member of staff.
- If you have had to let an employee go for whatever reason, have they returned all their keys, or other access materials and have you changed security codes to make sure ex-employees will no longer have access?
A number of business thefts often occur by offenders going through a main wall, or roller door using equipment to cut a hole.As a result, it is strongly advised that further security measures are incorporated which could include reinforcing the wall areas with Ex-Mesh or Securilath metal sheeting, along with further movement sensors to detect all vulnerable areas. Fogging devices that will immediately fill the area with smoke disorientate and distract offenders are a really good security measure. As are security bollards or security planters.
When looking for security products it is always advisable to check that the product has a security rating, that lists the time the product can withstand certain types of attack. Security ratings are rated from SR1, which provides just one minute against attack, to SR8 which has been tested to provide resistance of up to 20 minutes of constant force.
Further information on physical security standards can be found at:
The police prefer security to be layered with a number of security options instead of relying on just one main security measure.
Help us keep our businesses and business communities safe. Further advice on physical security for any kind of commercial property can be found at Secure By Design’s web site:
The Secured by Design website also offers an interactive design guide on securing commercial businesses, which can be found at:
The First Principle A-Z also includes small business security advice at:
Help us keep our businesses and business communities safe.
Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via:
Further business advice can be accessed via:
Security Marking Tools and Equipment
Security marking will help protect them against theft and assist the police to return property to you if it is stolen and recovered.
There are a number of ways of security marking your items, these include:
- Ultra violet (UV) or invisible marking - UV pens put an invisible mark on your property that can only be seen under UV light.
- Engraving or etching - Both methods are suitable for many hard surfaces and can be done using an electric engraving tool or hand engraver.
- Ceramic marking - Ceramic marking pens are designed to mark china, glass or glazed surfaces. They do not cut or scratch the surface but do leave a permanent mark.
- Forensic marking solutions - These are harmless solutions that contain a unique forensic code (like a fingerprint), making it easy to identify marked items. Firms that provide these marking solutions include:
Further advice can be found at:
Last update on Friday 10 Dec 2021 by Alan Comber.