Securing business against crime

The recent crime statistics report issued by the Police Service of Northern Ireland shows a slight decrease in the number of crimes reported last year compared with the previous year. But taking steps to prevent crime could reduce this figure further.

Business owners can reduce the risk of crime against their business by taking measures to protect their premises, data, cash, IT systems and staff.

Invest Northern Ireland’s website has a lot of valuable advice on key steps that can help increase business security. The Security and Crime Prevention section of the site gives advice on drawing up a security plan, carrying out a premises survey, and protecting stock and assets. It also covers how business owners can help protect staff, particularly those that work alone.

Shauna Fenton, head of Invest NI’s website team, says: “Crimes committed against businesses can have a very high cost. Valuable stock and equipment can be lost, premises damaged and staff morale can be affected. Knowing the basic steps to take to protect your business is essential, as is knowing your legal obligations relating to protecting staff.

“The Security and Crime Prevention guide on our website explains the most common security issues and what you can do to prevent or deter crime, as well as where you can go for more information.”

With so much business now being transacted via IT systems and websites, data security is vital. The site’s Keeping your Systems and Data Secure guide gives comprehensive advice on this area.  

“Taking a planned approach to business security makes sense, as much crime is opportunistic. Our guides are an excellent place to find out what you need to be thinking about, and how to go about putting those all important security measures in place,” adds Shauna Fenton.