Many expensive gifts are exchanged around Christmas, Valentine’s day and Mother’s Day – so how do you ensure that they are suitably protected from opportunistic thieves?
Whilst crime rates have been falling over the past 20 years, there are still around 2 in every 100 households who fall victim to domestic burglary. And with 70% of these thieves gaining entry through a door, it’s worth considering how to better protect some of your more expensive and precious gifts such as jewellery, watches and laptops.
In our latest blog post, we take a look at the most commonly stolen items from homes and how you can ensure your valuables are safe.
How secure are your premises? Whether you own a shop, garage, warehouse or have premises that store high-end goods such as jewellery or expensive equipment you no doubt you have quite a bit of security at the front of the property, but what about at the rear of it?
It’s important to think about both the rear and the front of your premises when it comes to security – an obvious thing to highlight, but often the rear of a premises can be the weakest entry point for a determined intruder. Away from the view of passers-by and perhaps a little less well lit, it offers would-be thieves a quieter spot to try and force entry.
So, it is really important to think about your external doorways and the type of security doors you have fitted and how well they can withstand a determined attempt to gain access to your property.
In light of the recent announcement that England will go into a second national lockdown from Thursday the 5th November until at least Wednesday 2nd December, we want to assure customers that we are operating as usual adhering to the latest government advice.
Working from home has increased immensely this year in the light of the COVID pandemic. In April during lockdown 46% of us were working from home and whilst the government encouraged workers to return to offices in August, they have had to revert to their working form home where possible guideline as the number of COVID cases begin to rise again.
Many organisations had already taken the decision to keep employees working from home until January 2021, whilst some businesses have gone further and chosen to close their offices altogether and completely revert to their workforce working remotely.
Whichever group you fall in to, it is clear that businesses and individuals need to be thinking longer term and to assess in particular the security measures they have for protecting valuable equipment and kit.
In the last five years vehicle related thefts have continued to rise with 114,000 recorded in 2019 alone. Many of these vehicles will have been vans with valuable tools and equipment stored in them accounting for millions of pounds. In fact between 2017 and 2019 the value of tools stolen was £23 million and sadly less than 3% of tools that are stolen are ever returned to the owner.
For many, the theft of these tools results in the loss of income as jobs are unable to be fulfilled and carried out as well as the frustration of time spent replacing equipment and sorting out insurance claims.
Securing your van and the contents within it is crucial if you want to avoid being a victim of this crime. Below are some ways you can increase the security of your vehicle or van and deter thieves. Continue reading
Buying a safe can be a substantial but necessary investment for many households, and whilst the Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that incidents of theft from personal property is falling, there were still over 600,000 offences in the year ending March 2020.
Protecting your valuable items such as keys, jewellery, phones, cash, laptops and important documents is important and if stored in a safe, they become unobtainable to intruders who will grab what they can find.
But with so much choice, how do you know what safe to buy? Read on for the 6 considerations when choosing a safe.
Coronavirus has impacted our day to day lives in ways that we have not seen in generations. Businesses deemed as non-essential have closed their doors, those that continue to work have migrated to remote working and a lockdown has been enforced across the UK.
Whilst the virus has brought out some of the best in humanity, there are unfortunately still some that are using the uncertainty and unprecedented nature of the situation to their advantage.
Read our latest blog on security considerations for coronavirus, ensuring that your business premises remains safe and secure throughout the pandemic.
As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate, we wanted to reassure customers that we are constantly monitoring the situation and will adhere to latest Government advice. The well being of our staff and customers is our highest priority and we have put a number of measures in place to keep them safe including:
- All of our installation teams will now be wearing protective gloves on jobs.
- All of our staff are washing their hands more regularly.
- We are providing anti bacterial hand wash in all of our toilet facilities,
- Our cleaning schedule has been increased.
We have also put in additional measures to make ordering over the phone easier, and you will now find a quick callback request form on every product listed on our website for ease of use, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need more information about any of our products,
Our fully equipped safe removal and installation teams can help with the installation, relocation or removal of a range of other heavy equipment including engineering machines, printing presses and heavy factory equipment that requires specialist removing; call us today for a free quote.
The Thornhill Security Team
In the last few years the number of environmentally friendly products has grown in all areas of life. It is increasingly important that we do our bit to preserve the world’s resources and minimise our impact on the environment.
This is just as true for the security industry, where manufacturer Securikey has recently launched a new range of recyclable safes. As part of our responsibility to the environment, we are proud to announce that we are now stocking the full range of Securikey recyclable safes.
Find out more about the new Securikey range, what makes it unique and what to do if you have old safe you want to get rid of in our latest blog post.
With longer nights and shorter days, winter becomes a prime time for burglars to operate, with an average 25% spike in home burglaries over autumn and winter.
What’s more, the Christmas period sees more high-value gifts be put at risk when left unsecured, making easy pickings for potential burglars.
However, there is plenty you can do to protect your home and valuables this festive season. Read our latest blog to find our top tips for keeping your home and valuables safe over Christmas, with product recommendations and practical advice from the experts. Continue reading