As the summertime approaches and our windows open to the refreshing evening air, we need to be watchful of our security. Gary Trotter, general manager at CCTV solutions provider Hadrian Technology says:” With the onset of warmer weather and lighter nights, there is usually a rise in offences where intruders sneak through open windows and doors which present an open invitation to thieves. It can only take a second for a thief to come through an open window or door, and it’s all the more attractive to them if valuable items that are easy to take are on show such as a laptop, jewellery or keys left on a bench or window sill.” If the plan is to go away for our well-deserved holiday break, then more precautions should be taken. In particular people are urged to think outside the box and be vigilant about the information and photos that they make available online. Research has revealed that four in ten Britons log on to Facebook and Twitter at least once a day whilst abroad, and that three in ten people say they would deliberately write a boastful holiday status to make people at home envious, Gary is also advising property owners to be particularly careful what they post on social media sites when travelling abroad. ” People often forget that just about anyone can view images, status updates and tweets online. I always worry when I see people publicising that they’re going on holiday. Is it really wise to announce when you’re leaving your house unoccupied to users of a global network?” he asks.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.