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    The need for companies to maintain vigilance and security

    With unemployment rising into the millions to reach an 11-year high, Government Ministers have linked the economic downturn and the economic squeeze on families during the global financial crisis with a likely increase in so-called “acquisitive crime”.

    Home Secretary Jacqui Smith made the warning in a memo to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, leaked last autumn, which warned of potentially sharp rises in burglary and violence. In it she wrote: “Our modelling indicates that an economic downturn would place significant upward pressure on acquisitive crime and therefore overall crime figures.” There is undoubtedly a correlation between burglaries and recession, but also in tough economic times many industrial and commercial organisations are looking at cost saving exercises right across the board, from man-power, energy use and even security. But with the highlighted government facts, there is an even greater need for vigilance and security measures toreduce your chance of becoming a property crime victim. Now is a good time for you to review your security, but you must be sure you are fully protected.

    Says Dirk Wilson, ‘Where companies have never experienced the consequences of a forced entry into property, there is a danger that they will under estimate the full implications of a break-in and how it can affect the running of a business with loss of property, willful damage to equipment or even fire. Add to this, the risk of possible fatalities, employers must accept their responsibility by ensuring adequate security and fire protection. Businesses are prime targets of property crime, which costs companies millions of pounds every year with the financial consequences quite devastating and from which many businesses never fully recover. It is therefore clear that at this time any cuts in security services may prove to be misguided. It may however be worth reviewing your current provision and alternative routes to achieve the same or even higher security coverage.’

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