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As the nights are rapidly drawing in and and ahead of the clocks going back on Sunday 25 October, we are prepared to see the usual increase in demand for our services. In almost 30 years of operating it’s unfortunate that clients inevitably need increased security to protect their homes and businesses during the winter months.

Also now with police priorities changing, ensuring the correct levels of security are in place is vital to avoid falling foul of criminals, who may well take advantage of the longer, darker nights.

Police also report an increase in burglaries, robberies and vehicle crime and although the recent results of the Crime Survey of England and Wales show that the number of crimes are decreasing, businesses and home-owners cannot afford to be complacent. Aside from the more obvious crimes, the darker nights can also provide perfect cover for activity such as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, which can be just as problematic as more serious crime.

We would always advise that both business and home owners don’t just make themselves aware of the increased threat, but to carry out some simple checks and measures. Just because you’ve not been a victim of crime, does not mean this will always be the case.

Bipin Joshi, Managing Director, says “ensuring doors and windows are locked and secure is an obvious first step to help protect a property. Also leaving lights switched on both in and outside can act as a deterrent; as are security lights which are activated by movement. We’d recommend however combining these practices with a service such as a mobile patrol or CCTV monitoring which provides an extra layer of security and peace of mind.”

Shield carries out free, no obligation risk assessments for customers, using its years’ of security experience and knowledge to provide affordable, tailored solutions to all sizes of home and business.