Roscommon businesses urged to review security ahead of Halloween period

Business owners in Roscommon have been urged to review security and protect buildings and sites as an increase of 40 per cent to 50 per cent in unwanted activity across the country is anticipated in the coming days.

The warning comes from security specialists Netwatch who say that warehouses and building sites are likely to experience the highest increase in unwanted activity or security breaches, which has been the pattern around Halloween in recent years.

Colin Hayes, Head of Business for Netwatch said: “We are urging all business owners to review their safety provision and ensure that all loose materials are secured over the Halloween period. A well-lit, locked and secured area with no visible targets will deter most Halloween criminals.

“Along with intentional criminal activity, there will always be an element of bonfire material collection from sites. Warehouses, construction sites, yards and unoccupied premises are particularly vulnerable. While the majority of incidents are minor, there are often serious incidents each Halloween which result in severe damage to businesses”.

“In our Business Security Risk & Cost Survey in 2021 we saw that insurance and public liability influences security for 82 per cent of Irish businesses. We believe around the Halloween holiday period, this is a major worry and risk for businesses”.

Netwatch offered the following tips to deter criminal behaviour over the Halloween period:

“Keep the perimeter well lit: Falls are a huge cause of injury on Halloween. Keeping lights on overnight will prevent accidents and deter vandals. Installing motion sensor floodlights will accomplish the same goals while conserving energy.

“Limit access to the property: Keep all entryways locked and be certain to secure windows. Control who holds keys.

“Review your current security plan: Test alarms and review your entire security system. Your system may not be as effective and efficient as newer systems currently on the market. 

“Train employees to watch for unusual behaviour: Criminals tend to lurk or investigate an area before committing a crime. Teach your employees to watch out for suspicious behaviour and have a proactive plan to deal with these individuals.

“Keep materials secure: Ensure all potential bonfire material i.e. pallets or building materials, are kept safe and secure, out of harm’s reach”.