Commercial property thefts per London Borough

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Like so many personal property owners, those who possess commercial properties suffer the woes of having the added worry of security and stability. Commercial property owners are always at risk of losing thousands of pounds worth of money, products and stock from potential break ins and thefts. Be there a property in a secluded or busy area, thieves are attracted to  these buildings where they can cash in on commercial property assets.

New research by Locksmithservice.co.uk has assessed the data that relates to burglary and theft in commercial properties, through extracting data from The London Metropolitan Police service. Through extensive research into these figures, it was discovered that there was a massive 48,650 commercial property related thefts and burglaries in London alone between the period of July 2016-June 2017.

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Results per London Borough-

Locksmith Service further analysed these results to discover who of these commercial property owners were of the greatest risk. Through an analysis of unlawful burglary and theft activity, it was discovered that The City of Westminster encountered the highest level of these crimes. Though the number is expected due to the volume of businesses, offices and shops in this area, it is still an increasingly worrying issue, with 4,426 of these types of crimes reported.

Futher from this, the local authorities north of the river seem to be the worst affected, with Newham (2,328), Ealing (1,974) and Camden (1,903) making the area hot spot list, just behind The City of Westminster. London Boroughs that seemed to be less effected by commercial property burglaries and thefts were those more affluent areas in the South West of London. Areas such as Richmond upon Thames had reported just 680 commercial property thefts in the last year; this is six times less than Westminster. Other authorities that avoided the theft and burglary hot spots included Harrow (806), Sutton (851) and Barking and Dagenham (933)

Overall, Locksmithservices.co.uk discovered that this issue is in fact an increasing concern. Between 2016-2017, there was a 10% increase in crimes up from the previous year. Among this, there was a 7% rise in theft as a whole, which was brought up dramatically by shops thefts, where there has been a 10 percent increase alone.

Victor Baron from Locksmithservice.co.uk has responded to the results with the following comment:

“Burglaries and theft related crimes in commercial properties is certainly not uncommon. It is vital that all security measures are assessed regularly. Burglars are often opportunistic and seek to find easily accessible points to a building – from an insecure door to poorly glazed windows. Those who consider themselves less vulnerable with lower valued stock are in fact more susceptible as they go to very little lengths to protect their building, therefore making themselves easy targets”.

5 ways to prevent a commercial property break in:

1. Ensure doors are strong and built sturdily, as well as being cautious of where entrances are visible. Ensure doors that have a large area of glass is visible to the neighbour and passers-by. However, aim to have doors as solid as possible, with little or no glass if it can be avoided.
2. Ensure the property is well maintained and as clean as possible. This includes the area around the property as well as the space inside that is visible to the outside. Keeping somewhere well maintained and clean will wear off potential intruders, hinting to them that the owners are watchful and proud of their property, so do their best to keep it.
3. Keep a system where key handing is under control. This may seem obvious, but often in business, keys are handed around without the owners being aware of this. Ensure there is a strict policy on key holders and be sure to keep track of this.
4. Be certain you have a solid CCTV system in place. This is not just that one has been installed well but also that the angle has been considered. Camera angles are important in recognising facial features, number plates and other close details than can help identify or scare off someone.
5. Regularly secure your equipment by allocating responsibility to individuals, tagging items and keeping records of important details. Through establishing a system, employees will know that you take strong control of items and understand not to tamper with it.

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