A few weeks ago we brought news that ABC Security, a local company based exclusively in Stellenbosch, had been appointed as the preferred security service providers in Techno Park following a thorough tender process.

The aim of appointing ABC in this role was to centralise security matters in Techno Park as much as possible, with a view to enhancing monitoring processes and response times. One of the first orders of business was to upgrade the security camera network in the Park. We are happy to report that this process is well under way, and Techno Parkers can rest assured that ABC Security will be keeping a watchful eye out for any signs of criminal activity during the holiday season.

In addition to the improved CCTV monitoring, a dedicated security guard on a quad bike will be patrolling Techno Park throughout December, day and night. Business owners work hard throughout the year to build up their companies, and ABC Security is committed to ensuring the safety of their establishments during the well-earned summer break.

It is always worth keeping in mind, however, that crime never takes a holiday. The following tips may help to secure your work premises while you’re away, and will ensure maximum peace of mind while you spend time with family, friends and loved ones.

1. Lock up valuables

It may sound like common sense, but many business owners overlook obvious steps like locking up laptops and cash boxes. Make sure all cash, removable electronic equipment and printed materials with important information like bank account numbers are locked up in a secure area.

2. Look for suspicious activity

Before they strike, burglars will often spend some time scoping out target businesses. They may watch people come and go and observe daily activities to get a feel for when the premises will be empty. Be alert to activities in parking lots and other public areas prior to your planned break and report anything suspicious to your security company.

3. Combat low-tech crime with high-tech solutions

Robbing empty office buildings has happened for centuries, but today business owners have access to an arsenal of advanced equipment to deter crooks. Wi-fi enabled motion-detection cameras can record live video to mobile phones, for example, and night vision and two-way audio are additional security layers. If you’re concerned about burglary during the holiday, consider beefing up on high-tech security options.

4. Ask your business neighbours to keep an eye on your building or office

Before you leave, it’s a good idea to let nearby business owners know when and for how long you’ll be away from the office. If they are keeping operations running during the holiday, they can let you know if they notice any suspicious activity at your business.

5. Perimeter check

Before you leave, take a walk around your offices to inspect fences, walls and gates. Check for any evidence of damage or tampering that will allow intruders access to your property. Cut back foliage touching electric fencing, if necessary, and trim any overgrown trees or bushes that can provide easy cover for intruders.

6. Light up…

Research has shown that burglars do not favour breaking into well-lit property, so make sure you have sufficient outdoor lighting that switches on at night.

7. And lock up

Last but not least, remember to lock all doors before you leave, and make sure all the windows are on latch. Check burglar bars and security gates – if things look rusty, you may want to consider replacing them.

With all the hype around cybercrime these days, it’s easy to forget that property crime is still a major issues. By following these tips, however, you can rest assured that you’ve done all you can to keep your business secure in your absence, and you’ll be able to enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

If you have any additional questions or queries regarding security, feel free to get in touch with info@abcsecurity.co.za.

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