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Unfortunately, it is during the Christmas period that many thieves are at their most active. Knowing that homeowners will have been spending their hard-earned money on presents for their loved ones and may even be away visiting relatives, thieves often choose this time of year to pounce and take high-value items they can sell on later. While you might take extra precautions in the form of additional security solutions to protect your home over the festive period, you must not forget that your commercial property is every bit as at risk as your house itself. As you spend days leading up to Christmas with your family, thieves could be breaking into your empty office and helping themselves to your equipment. Computers, telephones, printers and even sensitive data are all valuable products thieves would love to get their hands on, and what better opportunity is there to make their move than when they know you’ll be away celebrating Christmas?

To avoid returning from your holidays to find your business ransacked, you must take as much care ensuring your business premises are secure as you would your home. Take a look at our Christmas security checklist to ensure your business stays safe this holiday…

#1. Is all valuable equipment hidden from view?

Leaving laptops or other pieces of expensive equipment in plain view can act as an invitation to thieves. Don’t tempt them by displaying your goods in the window, when your property is left unoccupied ensure that all equipment is safely locked away and out of sight. It might be a hassle moving things about, but it would be more of a hassle to have to replace them!

#2. Have you left the lights on?

You might be more used to ensuring all of the lights are turned off before you leave your property, but when leaving it empty for a significant amount of time it is always best to leave one or two lights burning just to give the impression that a caretaker or manned guard might be doing the rounds.

#3. Are all windows secured?

Companies are often caught out when they leave windows partially open to allow festive lights to be fed through to the nearest power supply. If it means leaving the window open, those lights will have to go. Before leaving the property all windows and doors should be shut and locked.

#4. Do you have security on guard?

You can’t be expected to spend every minute of the day at your property, but as it’s best that there is always someone there to take care of your business you might want to consider manned guarding. Not only would a guard be ready on the scene should anything untoward occur, but they will act as an effective deterrent to thieves, too.

#5. Do you have a key holding policy?

Should something happen to your property or someone needs to gain access when you are away on your Christmas holidays, it would be helpful to have a key holding policy in place. This would enable a trusted local company to take care of your keys and access your property in the event of a break-in or other emergency.

#6. Does your alarm system work?

It’s all well and good turning your alarm system on when you leave, but are you sure it is working effectively? It is always good to test your alarm before you rely on it to protect your property against thieves. It is also handy to have an alarmed response system in place so that those holding your keys will be notified and can attend the scene should your alarm be set off.

When you work hard all year you deserve to be able to enjoy time with the ones you love without any disruptions or distractions, so make sure your business stays safe this Christmas by taking the appropriate security measures. If you’d like to find out more about the services Acclaimed Security can offer you, contact the team today.

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