If you own a commercial property, it is likely to be one of your biggest assets. As such, it’s important that you do all you can to protect it, and ultimately, to protect your business. It goes without saying that every property should have an up-to-date security system in place, but if you want to protect your property from thieves, you need to do more than invest in the latest security solutions. You need to familiarise yourself with the way a criminal thinks and the tactics they are likely to use so that you can look out for unusual behaviour and encourage your employees to do the same. Thieves will use a number of techniques to gain access to your property and take what isn’t theirs, and a popular method they have found success with in the past is distraction burglary. Here’s everything you need to know.
What is distraction burglary?
Distraction burglary involves the criminal distracting the occupant or duping the occupant into a false sense of security so that they can gain access to their property. It is common for criminals to target those who they consider to be more vulnerable than others, such as the elderly, often posing as maintenance men in order to be invited in. Occasionally burglars will work in pairs, one distracting the occupant whilst the other gains entry elsewhere without being seen. It’s a particularly unpleasant form of burglary, as it plays on the occupant’s trust and vulnerability.
How do I avoid being targeted?
Criminals will target the people they think are the most vulnerable or easiest to dupe, which means you have to ensure that your staff are well aware of the possibility of distraction burglary so that they can be ever vigilant. Property owners need to ensure their property always looks occupied, doors are always shut and locked and those manning the doors are alert. Criminals are more likely to target properties that look unkempt because they hope that the owner might be just as lax when it comes to their security.
What can I do to beat distraction burglars?
Now that you know about distraction burglary, you and those who occupy your property need to be vigilant and supportive. Distraction burglary is less common in areas where the community is supportive of one another and people pay close attention to the goings-on in their area. Here’s what you can do:
- Look out for anybody acting suspiciously or hanging around the area.
- Note the number plates of any suspicious cars that you do not recognise.
- Call the police if you notice any unusual behaviour.
- Consider how occupants might be able to check who is at the door before answering it and letting them in. A chain on the door can offer extra security.
- If you have been a victim of distraction burglary, report it immediately to increase the chances of catching the criminal before they act again.
- Always check the identification of anybody who claims to be working for a maintenance company.
- Take the name of anybody who enters the building and keep a schedule of those you are expecting.
At Acclaimed Security, our mobile patrol service can help you keep an eye on your community and look out for any suspicious behaviour in the area, whilst our security guards can monitor everybody going in and out of your building. Whilst it helps to be aware of the risks, it is important that you make the most of the extra support available to you to ensure your business property remains safe and secure. If you’d like to find out more about the security solutions we offer, get in touch with a member of our team today.