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The holiday period can unfortunately often be the worst for crime, with an average of 450 burglaries, 65 robberies 1000 thefts committed every day during this time. Some of the worst affected areas were West Yorkshire, closely followed by the West Midlands.

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Why does crime increase over Christmas?

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Although each case is separate and unique, there are some factors which are more common causes of crime over the Christmas period.

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  • Increased alcohol and drug consumption
  • Stress
  • Financial strain and pressure

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Crimes to look out for as a business owner at Christmas

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  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Employee crime
  • Cyber Fraud
  • Supply/warehouse fraud

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Most Stolen Products Include:

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  • Electronic devices
  • Computer games
  • Clothing
  • Food

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Ways to Protect Your Business

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Have a good, reliable security service in place

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Make sure your business is protected from these threats this holiday season with our large variety of Security Services, these include Retail Security, Warehouse Security, Construction Security and Mobile Patrol.

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Meet customers/clients at the entrance

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By having someone at the entrance, particularly security personnel, to greet customers as they walk in, it can very quickly put off criminals from attempting to commit crimes on the premises. This is because it lets them know that the staff are paying attention to them, and will probably catch them if they try and do anything illegal.

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Crime Mapping

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This technique can be used if you are experiencing crime already. By keeping track of the times, dates and locations of where crime is taking place, patterns may begin to form. This can allow you to organise a new security plan to make sure that there is more surveillance in the areas most affected or perhaps during the times they are most likely to occur.

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Working alongside your security guarding company can be vital to work out a plan for your security, as this will allow you to cover the weakest areas of your security most effectively.

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Have multiple people on the premises

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Thieves often will target places if there is only one person working within it. By having more staff working together, or by having a trained security guard on the premises, criminals will be far less likely to attempt committing a crime.

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