Below is a business crime update from the Business Crime Coordinator for Lancashire Police:
It has come to my attention in the past few weeks that there has been a number of incidents involving the breaking in of commercial premises through emergency exit doors at night.
Below is some advice to help prevent similar types of incidents happening to you:
- Emergency exit doors can be vulnerable to intruder attack and vandalism and should be free from external handles/push buttons and kept clear at all times.
- They should be illuminated to promote natural surveillance and be linked to the intruder alarm system to deter crime and anti-social behaviour.
- Retractable security bollards can also be used to protect vulnerable emergency exit door access.
- Fire doors can be locked at night however it is crucial that they are opened when there is legally someone in the property. This also needs to be stressed to staff – the importance of doors being unlocked for the safety of the staff – a helpful reminder could be placed on the staff room door or a calendar reminder every morning.