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Business Engagement

Dorset Businesses are one of the most diverse communities within Dorset, generating over £16bn pa (2014 Bournemouth University). Businesses are made up of people and share the same desire to maintain Dorset as being a safe place to live and work.

Dorset Police and the OPCC are committed to engaging with business as any other community. With a common approach of supporting each other and our wider communities.

2019 sees the establishment of a Business Engagement Hub within Dorset Police, establishing seven local Business Coordinating Groups across the County allowing the sole trader to the multi-national being involved in making our communities stay safe. Check out your local BCG and consider becoming involved as a police support Volunteer in driving local issues forward.

Advice on how to Secure Your Business

Download the 'Be Safe, Be Secure' booklet produced by the Home Office.

A practical guide to crime reduction and protecting yourself and your family, safeguarding your property and building safer communities.

Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre and place to find out about fraud.

The Action Fraud website contains information specifically for businesses, under the ‘corporate fraud’ section. To view this information, please click here

Closed-Circuit Televison can operate at  three levels of protection. The most valuable of these is a full time guardian monitoring the cameras and able to respond to incidents. The next level down is a system that notifies a guardian of an incident and they take action as needed. The final level is the most common at dwelling protection level where we get post incident evidence, sometimes of questionable value.

The customer needs to make an early decision on what they need the system to do. I would suggest that a useful background document that outlines many of the pertinent issues is the current Home Office CCTV guidance, The 2009 Operational Requirement Manual.

Due to the technical variance of systems available, and the value of integrating preventative measures, our usual advice would be to have an initial survey carried out by a Police Crime Prevention and Design Advisor and to then contact one of the two Registered bodies that govern this field of security and gain specific guidance, and then quotes from them.

The bodies involved are the National Security Inspectorate and Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board.

These bodies both provide web site search facilities that will take your postcode and provide a list of local affiliated companies.

Our guidance is usually to be aware of the local risk level, consider any perceived risks among the occupants, have a good idea of what you want the system to do, and set your budget.

Get at least three quotes to meet your specification, taking note of whether the system is purchased or rented, and the specifics of any ongoing maintenance and service agreement, as well as any repair and maintainance procedures.

If you are going to buy a system “off the shelf” then bear in mind the issues raised by the Operating Requirement and liaise with the provider’s technical team to ensure that what you are buying is fit for the purpose that you require.

Companies such as:

The bank safe online consumer website aims to provide advice and tips on how to use online banking services, on your computer or mobile device, securely and with confidence.

Secured by Design is the official UK Police flagship initiative supporting the principles of 'designing out crime'. 

Secured by Design focuses on crime prevention of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products.

Dorset Police employs three especially trained Crime Prevention and Design Advisors who are more than willing to give advice and help on Designing Out Crime.

Crime Prevention and Design Advisors operating under the ACPO Secured By Design scheme.

They are also Accredited Assessors under the BPA Safer Parking Scheme.

Follow this link to view their website

Burglars aren't only interested in the valuables inside your house. Equipment kept in a garage, shed or garden can be just as tempting (and is sometimes used to break into a house). Many houses are securely alarmed but garages and sheds are often left insecure and therefore offer 'easy pickings' for a criminal.

By following the advice given below you could deter potential burglars and help keep your property safe.


Sheds, garages and outbuildings

  • Use a good quality fixings and a padlock to secure shed and garage doors.
  • To prevent a burglar from unscrewing door hinges, use anti-tamper screws or smear hard setting glue on the screw-heads.
  • If possible, lock any windows or fit internal bars or grilles.
  • Install either a mains-powered or battery-powered shed alarm - available from DIY stores.


Tools and equipment

  • Use a forensic coding product to 'property mark' all valuable tools and equipment with your postcode and/or house number. This makes items uniquely identifiable - and less attractive to a thief.
  • If possible, secure lawnmowers and other valuable equipment to a shed or garage wall.
  • Lock tools away when you aren't using them.
  • Register valuable equipment at www.immobilise.com or photograph items and take a note of make and model and any serial numbers. This helps with identification if items are stolen.
  • If possible, fit a lockable wire-cage for storing expensive items inside your shed.


In the garden

  • Lay crunchy gravel on the approach to your house if possible. Thieves hate drawing attention to themselves by making a noise.
  • Your wheelie bin could be used as a climbing aid or even as a means of transporting stolen property. Secure it by padlocking it to a wall bracket or drainpipe or position it away from the accessible windows.
  • Securing the perimeter of your garden will help to protect your property. Plant low hedges or install low, good quality fencing - it will make a potential burglar feel exposed and perhaps think twice.
  • A good option is trellised fencing which doesn't obstruct visibility and is difficult to climb over.


Let nature help

Nature can help provide an effective (and attractive) deterrent to anyone thinking of entering your garden.

  • Select your plants carefully. Holly and hawthorn are particularly difficult to get through.
  • Protect drainpipes with anti-climb paint or a climbing rose to deter access to windows and flat roofs.
  • Plant prickly, deciduous shrubs next to walls or fences as an effective barrier for anyone attempting to climb in.


Download our 'Sheducation - Beat the garden thief' information leaflet

Always keep your vehicle locked and your keys secure.

  • Try to park in a well-lit area and in clear view of your property and any CCTV cameras
  • If possible, reverse park against a wall or fence so rear doors are inaccessible. If possible, park to protect side doors too
  • Unload as many tools as you can from the van. It may seem like a chore but it’s better than not being able to work tomorrow.

Call 999 immediately if you see a crime in progress or any suspicious activity around trade vans. Note registration numbers of vehicles and descriptions of those involved.

Things to do to make your van and tools secure:

  • Upgrade the security on your van and fit an independent alarm. Don't rely on the factory fitted alarm. You can also contact your local dealership for advice and information on the latest security upgrades available.
  • Fit additional locks on your van doors as some manufacturer's locks can be picked, which will also disable the alarm.
  • Fit a quality tool chest in your van and secure it with a padlock.

Mark your tools so they can easily be identified as belonging to you. Here are some suggestions how:

  • Engrave your name, postcode and phone number together on the tool with ‘if sold, call me’
  • Keep an up-to-date list of your tools, including photographs and serial numbers, registered on immobilise.com. This will help all UK police forces to trace owners if the property is recovered.

Burglar alarms provide a useful warning and limit the risk of theft and damage to your property. Surveys consistently show that locations with a visible, fitted burglar alarm are less likely to be burgled. 

Download our Burglar Alarm Advice sheet for more information.

Dorset Police can assist businesses and individual residents by recording their emergency contact details to enable a responsible person to be called out if an incident or situation happens at your property. Click here to find out more about keyholder services

Click here to view Dorset Police Security Systems Office Appendix A. 

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