Is springtime security a necessity? The stats say yes

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Spring isn’t notorious for security breaches. Instead we associate the dark, dingy winter or light, short summer nights with break-ins and incidents. We imagine intruders will make the most of either the veil of darkness in winter or the warmth of the summer nights to make their opportune intrusions.

However, statistics from our remote monitoring and alarm receiving centre have revealed that last year (2014) a significant peak in security breaches appeared across our sites in March, April and May.

There was more than double the number of arrests in spring 2014, compared to winter 2013/14.

In total the number of incidents raised was 46 per cent higher in spring compared to winter, resulting in an average of two incidents per site during the spring months.

But of course, security is a priority all year round as our statistics also highlighted that throughout 2014 sites received an average of six incidents each. Every one of those incidents could have been catastrophic for the site.

We class an incident as when a suspicious activity has been observed, either when a crime has taken place or when the activity could lead to a crime. So how can sites help put a stop to such incidents in the spring? Here are our top four tips:

Spring security tips

  • Get gardening. Ensure end-users and facilities managers are on top of tidying up fast growing foliage. Out of control branches and plants can obscure cameras and cause numerous false alarms, which in turn can end up in maintenance teams being called out unnecessarily or security cameras being switched off.
  • Don’t become complacent. Emphasise the importance of site owners staying on the ball with security over these months. After the winter months it may be easy to forget opened windows or propped opened doors. But during spring it is essential that they make sure entries and exits are locked securely at the end of the day.
  • Be on time. Remember that Daylight Saving Time starts on 29th March 2015 with the clocks going forward one hour at 1am. Will all the relevant security equipment be up to date with those changes? If the recording of a break-in is listed as the incorrect time or date, it can be dismissed when used as evidence in court and rendered useless.
  • Lighting is still important. Even though the days are getting longer, security lighting is still a necessity. Malcolm O'Shea Barnes

In response to the stats our senior operations manager, Malcolm O’Shea Barnes, explained: “Security needs to be a year round priority. Sites will see each season present different security challenges.

“For example, in spring it’s worrying to see false alarms occur because of something as trivial as fast growing foliage obstructing cameras.

“The statistics show that sites cannot afford to take risks with false alarms. Spring is a great opportunity for security installers to promote their maintenance services.

“Beyond that, the high number of incidents annually highlights security systems as a necessity. Each of the incidents recorded could potentially have cost the site owner thousands of pounds if they had not invested in 24/7 remote monitoring.”