West Midlands Police have issued security tips for businesses and urged them to brush up on their security.
BUSINESS crime across the West Midlands has fallen by almost a quarter in the last year – and police are determined the downward trend will continue by issuing a video encouraging companies to protect their property.
West Midlands Police has released the short film – which includes several top tips to keep criminals at bay – in the hope businesses across the region will review their security systems, identify any flaws and make improvements.
Featured on West Midland Police’s YouTube channel and force website, the video illustrates basic advice such as how to secure perimeter fencing, installing CCTV and securing equipment.
Sergeant Andy Gregory, the force lead for business crime said: “This short video really gets to the heart of business crime prevention. The key messages displayed cover the main areas of advice we give business holders on a daily basis.
“Business crime in the region is down by 24 per cent this year compared with last. We are really keen to see that reduction continue and hope members of the business community spend two minutes watching this video and question whether they have the best procedures and systems in place to protect themselves and their livelihoods.
“Security should be an integral part of your business plan, not something which is looked at after the premises has been targeted. Also, research shows that once a commercial premises has been a victim of business crime, it is five times more likely to be targeted again. This is why it is so important to get the basic crime prevention right.
“The video is shot in a quick, punchy style with the advice delivered in bite size chunks. We hope the style will grab the viewer’s attention and once we have it, we will then direct them to our website where they can get further, more detailed information about securing their livelihoods.
“If you have concerns or need further advice I would urge you to speak to the force business crime prevention team who will be happy to answer any questions you have. Please call 101 and ask to speak to your local crime reduction officer.”
For more business crime prevention advice please visit http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-reduction/business-crime/index.asp