Firms urged to step up security

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BUSINESSES in South Yorkshire are being warned they may be targeted by criminals if they shut for a festive break.

The Business Crime Reduction Centre, which helps small and medium-sized firms tackle problems caused by crime, has warned sparsely populated industrial estates could be targeted by thieves on the look-out for vulnerable properties.

Leaving premises unattended – and in some cases publicly advertising the dates when the business will be closed – can be used by criminals to their advantage.

David Ransom, director of the centre, in Exchange Street, Sheffield city centre, said. “We do not want to alarm the business community – in fact overall, crime is falling. However, it would seem prudent to take precautions if you plan to be away from the business over an extended period. There are many simple, cost-free steps that can be taken, which will make premises less vulnerable.”

“Naturally, we wish everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas and the region’s police personnel, along with the centre are here to try to ensure that happens.”

The centre has produced a checklist of actions that can be taken to beef up security.

n Visit www.bcrc-uk.org to download the list.