Warmer weather and longer daylight hours are potentially triggers for increased property crime, according to Farsight Security Services with statistics from its remote monitoring station show that 23% more audio warnings were issued in June 2013, compared to December 2013. Car forecourts” open sites traditionally at high risk of crime” were the most targeted. Across all car forecourts monitored by Farsight, an average of 263 audio warnings were issued every 24 hours in June 2013. That figure drops by a third in December 2013. Educational premises saw 411 audio warnings issued in June 2013, compared to well under half that number, 191, issued in December of the same year. The number of audio warnings issued at leisure sites, including football stadiums, parks and golf courses, was a quarter higher in June 2013. Malcolm O’Shea-Barnes, senior operations manager at Farsight, says:” These statistics highlight that sites really are targeted more frequently during the summer months. Security is often compromised with open windows being forgotten about or empty premises being left unmonitored as people head off on their summer holidays. Even intruders don’t like the cold weather, so the summer seemingly provides them with plenty of opportune moments. With the longest day of the year approaching, it’s essential that site owners ensure their security is optimised. Each of the audio warnings issued may well have prevented thousands of pounds worth of damage being caused.”
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.