KIRKLEES businesses have been warned about the increased risk of crime during the festive season.
Bluefin Insurance, which has offices in Cleckheaton, said businesses were at their most at his time of year – when many offices are empty or when there are increased stock levels and extra cash on the premises.
A spokesman said: “Crime during the holiday season can have a devastating impact on a business and its employees.
“With many offices left empty for a full week over the Christmas break, premises become prime targets for criminals.
“It may seem like common sense, but we are urging all businesses to take sensible precautions when leaving their premises unmanned as well as checking that they have the appropriate insurance cover should an incident occur.”
The spokesman said firms should invest in lights which can be left on a timer to avoid the office looking unmanned; check the CCTV camera is functioning and switched on to capture images of any intruders; ensure the last person to leave the premises before the holiday checks all windows, doors and sensors; appoint trusted staff members to be additional key holders over the holiday in case an incident occurs when the main key holder is unavailable; and have someone local call in at the office a over the Christmas week to ensure no problems have arisen.
Said the spokesman: “Another cause of winter problems for businesses can be the effects of bad weather when premises are left unmanned over the Christmas period. Burst pipes can be a major headache and cause extensive damage.
“Businesses can minimise the risk of frozen or burst pipes using simple preventative measures such as lagging pipes with protective foam or using a timed central heating system.”