080120 – Business Burglaries – Suffolk wide


There has been a recent increase in the number of break-ins at businesses within Suffolk and around the local region. 


In order to reduce the risk of burglary at your business, please note the following crime reduction points and web links from the national police website Secured by Design: 


 Do you have a (written) procedure to ensure that the building is always secure, especially when unoccupied and are all staff aware of these procedures?  This should include a reminder to check all windows, doors, including fire doors are secure and that the alarm has been set. Further information on access control can be found at  https://www.securedbydesign.com/member-companies/accredited-product-search?view=category&category=Access+Control+%26+Door+Entry+Systems

  • Are the fire doors robust and secure? A number of burglaries have occurred through offenders accessing the fire doors.
  • If your CCTV is hardwired in and has hard disc drives, are they hidden away and secured so that offenders cannot take them with them, along with evidence of their being on site.
  • Is your alarm/CCTV monitored?  How long could someone be in the building prior to activating the alarm, bearing in mind that attacks may be made through the shell or roof of the building? Alarms should fitted to BS EN 50132-7:2012+A1 2013 standards. It is always advisable to place security grilles/bars over skylights.
  • Be aware that some offenders will test a building’s security by deliberately setting off an alarm to check on how long a key holder’s response time is. All activations should be taken seriously.
  • Do you have steps in place to restrict easy access to the building roof? Such as anti-climb paint, or hostile toppings.
  • Do you and your staff know how to report an incident and suspicious activity to police? 
  • Staff should wear identification badges whilst at work and anyone without an identification badge should be challenged.
  • All visitors should have temporary identification and be supervised by a member of staff.
  • If you have had to let an employee go for whatever reason, have they returned all their keys, or other access materials and have you changed security codes to make sure ex-employees will no longer have access?

A number of business thefts often occur by offenders going through a main wall, or roller door using equipment to cut a hole. As a result, it is strongly advised that further security measures are incorporated which could include reinforcing the wall areas with Ex-Mesh or Securilath metal sheeting, along with further movement sensors to detect all vulnerable areas. Fogging devices that will immediately fill the area with smoke disorientate and distract offenders are a really good security measure. As are security bollards or security planters.

When looking for security products it is always advisable to check that the product has a security rating, that lists the time the product can withstand certain types of attack. Security ratings are rated from SR1, which provides just one minute against attack, to SR8 which has been tested to provide resistance of up to 20 minutes of constant force.

Further information on physical security standards can be found at https://www.bre.co.uk/filelibrary/pdf/Brochures/Security_Brochure.pdf

The police prefer security to be layered with a number of security options instead of relying on just one main security measure.

Help us keep our businesses and business communities safe. Further advice on physical security for any kind of commercial property can be found at Secure By Design’s web site http://www.securedbydesign.com/wpcontent/uploads/2015/05/SBD_Commercial_2015_V2.pdf

The Secured by Design website also offers an interactive design guide on securing commercial businesses, which can be found at: https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/interactive-design-guide

Suffolk Police advice on a variety of subjects that can be accessed through our ‘First Principle’ A-Z of Crime  Prevention at https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

The First Principle A-Z also includes small business security advice at:  




To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us 


To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org


Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.


Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.


 For further in-depth crime reduction advice you can contact your local Design Out Crime Officer through the non-emergency 101 telephone number.