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Business and Retail Security

Securing your business, don't become a victim of crime

There are many things businesses and small retailers can do to help prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime. Businesses and small retailers can do their own security survey on their premises and look to update their physical security.

Think with the mind of a burglar – if the premises look insecure to you then it will be to a criminal.

When upgrading your physical security, there are many different products available to install. Secured by Design has identified high security product test standards which mean you do not need to research what is best to use. All Secured by Design member companies have products that are tested to these high levels of physical security including doors, windows, shutters, grills and other physical security.

When Buying Intruder Alarm Systems

Commercially Monitored Remote Signalling Intruder Alarms send a signal to a commercial Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) who will alert keyholders or the police that a response is required. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), have a security systems policy that identifies the standards of installation and the sanctions that will apply for systems that fail to comply.

All new Commercially Monitored Remote Signalling Intruder Alarms should be fitted with the means to pass confirmed messages i.e. confirmed technology. There are currently 3 acceptable types:

  1. Sequential: Means that the first alarm activation will be keyholder response only. If the alarm activates a second time in a different area and within a designated time period this would be identified as confirmed and the police would be called.
  2. Audio: The alarm opens up microphones allowing the alarm receiving centre to listen for criminal activity.
  3. Visual: The alarm activates cameras allowing the alarm receiving centre to look for any criminal activity.

If you choose a police response alarm it must be installed and maintained by a company that conforms [to the ACPO security systems policy], and whose business is subject to inspection by a UKAS accredited body.

Currently only two such organisations are accepted by the police. These organisations will give you details of member companies who operate in your local area.

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI)

The Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB)

Police recognised installers are able to obtain a Unique Reference Number (URN) for each installation. When the alarm activates, the Alarm Receiving Centre will quote this URN to the police on a dedicated telephone number.

The URN will allow the police to locate the correct record for the premises and respond. This response is dependent upon compliance with the ACPO Security Systems Policy and the nature of demand, priorities and resources which exist at the time a request for police response is received.

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Consider Fitting Fog, Forensic Trace Or Acoustic Security Systems

Fog systems can fill a room with fog in seconds to cause offenders to leave empty handed. Forensic trace systems spray offenders with a mist containing unique elements or fluorescent markers which can identify offenders and stolen property for days or weeks after the event. Acoustic systems make it difficult to remain in the premises due to the high and penetrating sound. High quality products are designed not to damage stock with residue and it is important to satisfy your occupier’s liability risk obligations. SBD member companies are leaders in these fields and can address your specific situation.

When Buying Shutters

Secured by Design discourages the use of solid shutters at the front of premises. Such shutters provide opportunities for graffiti and then can also help create a hostile environment when repeated in every shop.

  1. Instead consider a shutter screen that sits behind your window allowing display and merchandise and acting as a further deterrent barrier.
  2. They also allow light spillage onto pavements where people walk at night and increase safety.
  3. Laminated glass is type of safety glass that, in the event of attack is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between its two or more layers of glass.
  4. This interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces.
  5. If external shutters are the only option then the type which have secure vision panels to let shop light through and view of window display will reduce the “steel canyon” effect
  6. When choosing shutters make sure they are certified to STS202 and LPS 1175.

When Buying Windows

  1. Windows in all retail units require one of the panes of each double glazed unit to be laminated and fitted to meet the requirements of BS EN 356:2000 class P2A (minimum).
  2. In higher risk/very high crime areas class P3A or P4A may be specified.
  3. Laminated glass is type of safety glass that, in the event of attack is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between its two or more layers of glass.
  4. This interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces.
  5. This produces a characteristic “spider web” cracking pattern when the impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass.
  6. Using this on the front of your premises means that it takes longer for burglars to penetrate the premises.
  7. Dependant on perceived crime risk, particularly out of hours, additional security may be gained by utilising further protection such as roller shutters or grilles

When Buying Doors

  1. As with domestic security the doors at retail or commercial premises are important to secure properly.
  2. Entrance and exit doors should be certificated to one of the following standards: PAS 24, STS 201, STS 202 BR2, LPS 1175 SR2
  3. Dependant on perceived crime risk, particularly out of hours, additional security may be gained by utilising further protection such as roller shutters or grilles certificated to the latter two of the above standards.