Limerick business owners advised to review security for Halloween

Netwatch Head of Business Colin Hayes.

LIMERICK business owners have been urged to review security with a big increase in anti-social activity anticipated over the Halloween period.

The warning comes from security specialists Netwatch who say that warehouses and building sites are likely to experience the highest increase in security breaches, which has been the pattern around Halloween in recent years.

Netwatch Head of Business Colin Hayes said they were advising all business owners to review their safety provision and ensure that all loose materials are secured over the Halloween period.

“A well-lit, locked and secured area with no visible targets will deter most Halloween criminals,” he explained.

“It can be an expensive time for business owners. Along with intentional criminal activity, there will always be an element of bonfire material collection from sites. Warehouses, construction sites, yards and unoccupied premises are particularly vulnerable.

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“While the majority of incidents are minor, there are often serious incidents each Halloween which result in severe damage to businesses,” Mr Hayes added.

The top security tips are:

Keep the perimeter well lit: Falls are a huge cause of injury on Halloween. Keeping lights on overnight will prevent accidents and deter vandals. Installing motion sensor floodlights will accomplish the same goals while conserving energy.

Limit access to the property: Keep all entryways locked and be certain to secure windows. Control who holds keys.

Review your current security plan: Test alarms and review your entire security system. Your system may not be as effective and efficient as newer systems currently on the market.

Train employees to watch for unusual behaviour: Criminals tend to lurk or investigate an area before committing a crime. Teach your employees to watch out for suspicious behaviour and have a proactive plan to deal with these individuals.

Keep materials secure: Ensure all potential bonfire material such as pallets or building materials, are kept safe, secure and out of harm’s reach.