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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Police issue safety advice for commercial properties and building sites

THIS week Cumbria Police have been issuing crime prevention advice, including how to prevent sneak-in burglaries, rural crime and advice regarding shed security.

Today the focus is on commercial properties and building sites.

Opportunistic thieves will scrutinise an area to find where it is insecure. This can range from a site where new homes are being built to an insecure staff room.

Crime Prevention Officers regularly visit sites to ensure that the area is secure and help to deter thieves from picking it as a target, this service is all provided free from charge.

David Thompson, a Crime Prevention Officer, said: “We are in the business of preventing crime by helping business, we will proactively go and speak to managers of commercial premises and building sites to ensure that they are conscious of security and that it is an integral part of their daily routine.

“Thieves will target areas where they identify vulnerabilities . Having crime prevention measures in place can help tremendously in preventing incidents from occurring and people having set-backs in being able to complete the work. Companies can do a lot for themselves to reduce the risks and help us track down the thieves.

“As well as decent physical security measures such as locks and alarm systems to reduce the risks they can also forensically mark property to aid its recovery and help us catch the offenders. Examples of such systems include Smartwater and Selecta DNA. Another really useful tool for businesses is a ‘Fogging system’ which on activation completely fills the premises with dense fog within about two seconds, when you are unable to see your hand in front of your face you cannot find things to steal!

“Smartwater can be installed to spray thieves with the substance to help the Police track them down and link them to the scene. All Cumbria Police Custody Suites have Smartwater detection systems.

“Employees need to be aware of the risks too and briefing staff that they are responsible for their belongings will help to ensure their security. A staff room that can be accessed or seen by the public can also be open to a thief.

“We also appeal to the communities to help prevent crime and bring offenders to justice. People often know of the building sites in their area and if they see anyone suspicious, they should report it to the police. Residents are the best source of information regarding people being in the area who they don’t recognise or are there at unusual times.

“Working together we can continue to maintain Cumbria as having one of the lowest crime rates in the Country.”

For more crime prevention advice, people can visit www.cumbria.police.uk/bizcrimeadvice

Alternatively anyone with concerns can ring Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to a Crime Prevention Officer or Police Community Support Officer in their area who will be able to assist.

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