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The impact of rural crime

Posted 11 Jan 2019 Source:

Percentage of Rural Business Owners who have taken security measures

Less than 40% of Rural Business Owners Currently Use CCTV on their Premises
Rural Crime is on the rise, fuelling anger and frustration within these isolated communities.
69% of Specific Rural business owners have been a victim of crime in the last 12 months

With the latest worrying news of a rise in rural crime, here's a quick summary of the top tips from Sussex Police on how to help keep your property and business safe.

"Keep it safe"

  1. Immobilise vehicles or plant when not in use and keep out of sight from the road.
  2. Keep tools locked up out of sight away from the eyes of opportunist thieves.
  3. Oil tanks are a target so use a closed shackle padlock to help prevent access and fit a gauge that will alert you if the level drops rapidly.
    Our Tip - Look for padlocks with features such as an anti-drill cylinder and a hardened steel cover.
  4. Keep boundaries in good repair. Use capping hinges so gates can't be removed easily. Use locking posts to obstruct large openings.
  5. Install CCTV surveillance and a burglar alarm.
    Our Tip - Increase your CCTV presence with extra dummy cameras and CCTV signage.
  6. Fit British Standard deadlocks to all outside doors and always use them. Reinforce them further with bolts. Fit a security chain and wide-angle door viewer or camera, so you can see who is there. Fit window locks too.
  7. Overdo the security lighting; it's a cheap but effective deterrent.
  8. Consider getting a safe for valuables and keys to vehicles or gun cabinets.
  9. Never show opportunist burglars you're not there by leaving notes for traders, etc. When you're away ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the property.
  10. Store any valuable equipment and tools in a secure building with a sturdy, locked door. Use British Standard locks, good quality locking bars and high security padlocks. Windows can be protected with metal bars. Always lock outbuildings when they're not in use.
    Our Tip - join or create a closed Facebook group with your neighbours so you can watch each other's backs and homes!!


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