Police Scotland are reminding businesses to make sure they remain vigilant on the final few working days before Christmas.
Safer Communities Inspector, Colin Mowat explains
In previous years, a few businesses have been targeted by criminals who have broken into premises overnight to steal cash from increased seasonal takings. Often business proprietors have taken the common sense precaution of banking takings at the closure of business, leaving thieves empty handed. Unfortunately, break-ins still cause damage to buildings, causing disruption and stress which is unwelcome at any time of year, far less Christmas.
We take this opportunity to encourage businesses to plan ahead, raise their level of security where weakness is identified, ensuring procedures and policies for security and daily takings are appropriate and sufficiently robust.
Crime Reduction Officer PC Kev Marron advises
An audit of the physical security of the premises should be undertaken to ensure that the building offers a challenging target for criminals and that security is at a maximum. Agreed maximum levels of cash kept in tills should be set. When these levels are reached the cash should be moved to a secure location, preferably a safe or similar secure receptacle. This should be located out of general view, secured to the fabric of the building and with an appropriate level of access control. Frequent but irregular banking should occur, with two members of staff attending if larger sums of money are being banked. We also suggest that only a minimal amount of money is ever left on the premises overnight and that this money should be kept in a secure environment.
Constable Marron added
We encourage staff when locking up at the end of the day not to leave the premises with a large amount of cash on their person and where appropriate give consideration to using cash in transit companies.
Inspector Mowat concluded
Police Scotland is committed to working with all sectors of our communities to keep people safe. We do not wish to raise alarm or fear in what is a low crime area, but would actively encourage our partners in the business community to consider their security measures as they look to enjoy a happy and prosperous Christmas.