Reducing the threat of burglaries

Feb 22, 2024 | Commercial Security, Door Access Control, Office Security, Security Systems

In this blog we’ll share the latest data on burglaries in the UK and how you can deploy electronic security systems on your business premises to prevent the risk of break ins and theft. This blog highlights how electronic security systems can support reducing burglaries or the threat of theft and break in.

What does the data say?

213,814 burglaries went unsolved across England and Wales in the year ending September 2023 – an average of 586 cases a day according to the latest statistics.  That means 3 in 4 cases go unsolved. The most common reason for a case being closed remained no suspect having been identified.

The government’s 2022 data highlighted the following:

  • an estimated 28% of all business premises had been a victim of any crime
  • the most common type of crime experienced was theft (15%), followed by burglary (including attempts) (9%), vandalism (9%), and assaults or threats (7%)
  • premises which were accessible to the public were more likely to have been a victim of any crime (34%) than those which were not accessible to the public (21%)
  • medium-sized premises with between 10 and 49 employees were more likely to be victims of crime (38%) than those with nine or fewer employees (26%)

So in short it shows that theft and burglaries aren’t just confined to home owners. They impact everyone in society.

How to enhance business security with electronic systems

It’s clear to businesses that burglaries can result in significant financial losses, damage to property, and disruption of operations. However, with advancements in technology, electronic security systems are powerful tools in deterring and preventing burglaries.

Let’s review how these systems play a pivotal role in safeguarding business premises.

  • 24/7 Surveillance

Electronic security systems, such as CCTV cameras, provide continuous surveillance of business premises, both indoors and outdoors. This constant monitoring acts as a deterrent to potential burglars, as they are less likely to target a property that is under watchful eyes. In the unfortunate event of a burglary, the recorded footage can serve as crucial evidence for investigations and apprehension of perpetrators which helps the police no end.

  • Access Control Systems

Many businesses use electronic access control systems to regulate entry into their premises. These systems typically include keycards, biometric scanners, or keypad entry systems. By limiting access to authorised personnel only, businesses can prevent unauthorised individuals from entering sensitive areas or gaining entry after hours, thereby reducing the risk of burglary.

  • Intrusion Detection Alarms

Intruder alarms are designed to alert business owners and authorities in case of unauthorised entry or suspicious activities. These alarms can be configured to trigger notifications via email, text messages, or directly to security monitoring companies. The swift response facilitated by these alarms increases the likelihood of disturbing intruders before they can cause significant harm or theft.

  • Remote Monitoring and Management

Modern electronic security systems often come equipped with remote monitoring and management capabilities. This allows business owners or security personnel to monitor their premises in real-time from anywhere with an internet connection. In case of any security breaches or anomalies, immediate action can be taken, such as notifying the police or dispatching on-site security personnel.

  • Integration with Other Security Measures

Electronic security systems can be integrated with other security measures, such as physical barriers (e.g., fences, bollards), lighting systems, and security patrols. This holistic approach creates multiple layers of security, making it more difficult for burglars to penetrate and infiltrate business premises undetected.

Electronic security systems play a crucial role in reducing burglaries for business premises but let’s be clear on broken or old kit not being a deterrent. Criminals will know if your intruder alarm is antiquated and not linked up to other security devices from looking at the visible box. They’ll also know if your CCTV cameras are old or not hooked up and so they won’t provide any deterrent whatsoever.

Investing in these advanced security solutions not only helps protect assets and ensure business continuity but also provides peace of mind for management and employees alike. As the landscape of security threats evolves and burglaries remain unsolved, staying ahead with robust electronic security systems remains imperative for safeguarding business interests.