East Dorset police tackle commercial burglary
Police in East Dorset are undertaking targeted patrols throughout the area following a rise in commercial burglaries.
Between April and September 2009, 195 crimes relating to commercial burglaries (all non-residential theft e.g. sheds, garages, industrial premises, storage units and offices) have been reported across East Dorset. This figure is up 55 per cent (70 crimes) from last year.
As a result of the increase, the 11 Safer Neighbourhood Teams in East Dorset, as well as the dedicated patrol staff and special constabulary, are undertaking targeted patrols in the area. They will be particularly focusing on Ferndown and Wimborne, where a majority of the offences have occurred, and to advise the communities of the security measures that are available.
Officers are also encouraging business owners to sign up to the ‘Industrial Watch’ system, which has already been operating successfully on the Ferndown Industrial Estate.
Industrial watch is a community messaging system which shares information on crime trends between the police, businesses, residents and partners.
East Dorset Section Commander, Inspector Mike Darkin, said: “We are using police intelligence and information given to us by members of the public to target our patrols and known suspects.
“Over the past 12 months, we have made a number of arrests in relation to commercial burglary, many of which have been as a direct result from information gained from members of the public.
“I would like members of the public to continue to work with the police, remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”
In July, Inspector Darkin appealed to residents to improve their home security and keep a close eye on their community, following a spate in of household burglaries in the area.
Targeted police patrols were deployed whilst Safer Neighbourhood Teams visited many parts of the community to raise awareness of improving home security.
Since April 2009, officers have now seen a 2.4 per cent reduction in the number of domestic burglaries.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
Four Steps To Improving Commercial Security
Ensure that any alarm system installed is serviced regularly and in good working order. Install an alarm system if you do not have one, making sure that the alarm company is either NSI, NACOSS or SSAIB registered. Consider installing two alarm sensors in particularly vulnerable areas.
If at all possible remove any valuable items from the premises, particularly cash, and make sure that any safes are bolted to the floor and wall.
Make sure that there is nothing in, or around, your premises which may assist offenders climbing onto roof areas, such as low walls, pallets etc., and there is nothing in the vicinity that could help them forcibly enter your premises such as metal bars, tools etc.
Do not automatically assume that CCTV is the answer. If you are unsure as to any further security action you should take or are considering installing CCTV, then contact your local Police Crime Prevention Advisor on 01202 222222 and ask for the Crime Prevention Advisor for free impartial advice.
No security measures should be undertaken which would breach the requirements of a statutory fire certificate.
You are advised to consult insurers who may specify security measures. This advice and information is based on current crime trends in Dorset. The total elimination of crime cannot be guaranteed but the range of options, if implemented, will reduce the opportunity of crime being committed.
Home Office websites:
GOVERNMENT OFFICE FOR THE SOUTH WEST
ACTION AGAINST BUSINESS CRIME
Covers amongst other subjects, risk assessment and business continuity
Security advice and the risk
BRITISH SECURITY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Includes a section on security standards
FOR FURTHER ADVICE TELEPHONE 01202 or 01305 222222 AND ASK FOR YOUR DIVISIONAL CRIME REDUCTION OFFICER