As the summer days approach we look forward to warmer conditions and longer daylight hours, and often don’t think about the change in security needs. There are a few things to consider during the British Summertime so we have come up with our top 5 security tips to ensure your premises stays secure!
1. Clear any overgrown shrubs from obstructing the CCTV cameras
Shrubs and plants absolutely love the sunshine and will shoot up in the summer months. This is great for the aesthetics but can be a nuisance for security as they may obstructs your CCTV cameras or intruder alarm sensors.
2. Prepare for staff annual leave
During the summer months when the kids are off school and the weather is enjoyable, members of staff are more likely to be taking their annual leave. This may include the premises key holder or owner. We recommend entrusting another senior member of staff with the premises key in case of an emergency and so they can lock up after the work day.
If the building is going to be empty you should contact your remote monitoring company and let them know.
3. Don’t become complacent with your security
Let’s face it as soon as the sun comes we want to get as much fresh air into the office as possible and it is easy to become complacent about the most basic of security measures.
When there is no one in the premises ensure windows are not left on the latch and are closed and locked, the same with all doors and any other openings. Although your remote monitoring station will be monitoring your premises between the specified hours, theft during daylight hours often increases – when it’s more likely your site is not being monitored.
4. Remember that intruders don’t just operate in the dark
Longer daylight hours mean intruders have a smaller window of opportunity to enter your premises, right? Wrong! Not all intruders are deterred by day light. If they see an opportunity they will seize it no matter what time of the day.
5. Keep your alarm servicing up to date
Ensure you are up to date with your surveillance and alarm servicing and maintenance. This is important all year round and not just in the summer but it is something less thought about during the summer months. The data Protection Act Code of Practice for CCTV states that CCTV systems should be regularly maintained and have a maintenance contract in place from an approved company, in order to clear recorded images.
For easy to read guides on CCTV systems and intruder alarms visit our buyers guide page.
Are you in need of a security systems maintenance contract? Or maybe your surveillance systems need replacing? Call us today on 0845 402 3045 or send us an email and one of our sales team will be in touch shortly.