Christmas and New Year will have been an enjoyable time for most of us and hopefully your business is now back up to speed once again. However, during the festive season and other holidays, your business premises tend to be more vulnerable to security threats and breaches chiefly because members of staff are enjoying some much needed time off.

This gives criminals the perfect opportunity to break-in, steal valuable assets or access sensitive information. So, even though work will be at the back of your mind during public holidays and even the weekend, it still requires a fair bit of attention and attentiveness.

Key Patrol is on hand to provide response security during these periods of downtime, but there are various others ways you can safeguard your business premises even when employees and customers are absent.

Look for any security issues or faults

First and foremost, make sure your site or premises has no existing faults that need fixing. If so, these kinds of issues should be addressed as soon as possible to allow for any delays or further problems.

Criminals may have identified these flaws and be waiting for the perfect opportunity strike, such as during a holiday or weekend. So, be thorough in your checks and look at every possibility.

Ensure security systems are fully operational

If a remote monitoring centre is managing your surveillance system, then it is necessary to ensure that things like CCTV are fully operational. Be certain visibility is good enough, make sure there are no blind spots and remove any obstructions that exist.

You may also want to test your alarm system to see whether it is working too and when the time comes to leave, double check all windows and doors are locked.

Inform the necessary people

If a remote monitoring station is taking charge of your security, make sure they know when the premises will be empty and keep them in the loop regarding any changes. If any key holders want to access the site or property at any time, they must make it known to the remote monitoring station.

It is also a good idea to update the contact details of senior employees and key holders. In the event of an incident, they will need to let the appropriate people know quickly and a lack of communication could be very dangerous.

Bring in additional security

If you’re worried that your existing security set-up isn’t good enough, you can always bring in some additional protection. Here at Key Patrol, we can provide mobile patrols and key holding services in addition to response security.

With these measures in place, you can rest assured that the risk of security breaches will be minimised. And if an incident does occur, trained professionals will be on hand to react and respond in the most appropriate way possible.

Just because you and your employees are taking time off does not mean to say criminals are too. Therefore, always remain vigilant against security threats during the holidays and periods of downtime.

The Devil makes work for idle hands!

Remember that old saying, ‘the devil makes work for idle hands’, it has probably never been more appropriate than during times when staff are not onsite as often as they usually would be! Make sure that you are on your guard, as much as possible, at such times.