How crime is affecting SMEs

clip_image002A recent study has revealed that over half of small to medium sized UK businesses have been targeted by crime. The research was commissioned by Victim Support and the security firm ADT and it found that crime was costing these businesses £2,625 on average for each incident and has collectively cost SMEs £25m.

The study found that criminals have been repeatedly targeting SMEs which has led to numerous days where they have been unable to trade.

Gail Hunter, a spokesperson at ADT, said: “This new research shows the shocking scale and impact that crime can have on small and medium businesses and disappointingly, the figures show that there is a strong possibility that it could happen again.

Our aim is to help prevent crime and give business owners and their staff peace of mind. We advise business owners to take proactive steps to help protect their businesses and livelihoods.”

There are many solutions that you can implement to secure your business premises against crime and this study further emphasises the importance of doing so. Criminals are constantly looking for new ways of breaking into your property and will target the weakest point. Therefore conducting a risk assessment and then addressing any vulnerable areas highlighted will go a long way towards strengthening your premises’ security.

Whether your business operates from commercial, industrial or retail premises, Gateway Automation provides a variety of security solutions and can provide you with a free, no obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your security requirements. Alternatively, you can download a brochure here or for more advice on securing your businesses property from crime please contact us here.

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