So… what is it about Weston Super Mare that seems to continue attracting worryingly high crime rates? Is it because it’s a popular destination by the sea for tourist throughout the UK? Probably. But it could also be down to the seemingly relaxed approach to Weston Super Mare security shown by businesses and individuals throughout.
OK, so crime hasn’t increased significantly over the years. But it has increased. In fact, statistics published on Police.UK show that in December 2012 there were a total of 404 crimes reported – compared to the 369 crimes reported for Weston Super Mare in December 2010. Similarly, January 2011 showed 399 reported crimes compared to January 2013’s 416.
So is there a lapse in Weston Super Mare security efforts, or are we just seeing a natural fluctuation of figures?
What the figures mean
One thing we can safely say, is that although the increase in crime over the last 2 years is not an indication of significant change… it absolutely shows that crime is showing no signs of abating.
In fact, compared with other areas surrounding Bristol, Weston Super Mare might appear to be neglected completely, as suburbs like Avonmouth actually saw nearly a 50% decline in crime numbers over the same period…
What can be done
Let’s not get a lynch mob together just yet – after all, being a popular destination for tourists the area is going to attract a naturally higher level of crime. But as businesses and residents in Weston Super Mare, security should become a priority – and if not to reduce the numbers overall for our community, then for ourselves and our own personal and professional safety. Safety & security for our livelihoods, finances and wellbeing.
Check that your security systems are up-to-date – that means alarms are working, CCTV is switched on and your security bill is paid!
Evaluate the specific crime trends for your home or business. Crimes like burglary can be tackled by increasing the visible security equipment at your premises – whereas less direct crimes such as anti-social behaviour around your business could be tackled by inviting a professional Weston Super Mare security company to provide on-site guards.
Don’t sit there and hope that other folk will make the decisions. In psychology this is called ‘diffusion of responsibility’. In real life, it’s called leaving yourself open to attack.
In Weston Super Mare, security should be a thing we’re proud to be responsible of. After all, it’s a prominent British location known for its high-profile events and summer holiday fun… so why shouldn’t we feel a pinch of pride and do our bit to protect it?
Weston-Super-Mare Security News: The True Cost of Crime?
For any businesses who are up-to-date and savvy in protecting their assets and keeping an eye on local events, you’ll remember the story that emerged in February last year about the criminal who threw a sign through the window of a recruitment agency, causing a whopping £700 worth of damage… (you can check the link here) for those of you who aren’t, then this story might perhaps suggest that you want to start thinking about how good your business in Weston Super Mare’s security actually is…
A Second to Act, an Age to Repair
Alright, a broken window might not be the crime of the century. And it might not be something that causes you to think “Gee, Weston Super Mare security must be pretty relaxed at the moment”. Hey, it might not even be the kind of crime that shuts down the engines of your business and grinds you to a halt… but it’s the kind of crime that takes just seconds to commit, and it might never have happened if an active security presence was visible.
Because when you think about a few seconds of crime costing £700 to your business… well, what might a criminal with several weeks or months to prepare be able to inflict on you?
Look at it like this…
£700 isn’t going to bankrupt your business. But is it an amount you can really afford to throw away because of one careless act?
Did you know, that on-site security guards have been shown to actually cover their costs many times over in terms of the amount of crime they prevent?
Did you also know that the presence of security at your business can actually help to make your customers feel safer and even lead to an increase in sales and revenue?
In areas where vandalism and anti-social behaviour is rife in Weston Super Mare, security that is visible becomes ever more important – because these are crimes that are easily preventable with minimal investment.
Not everybody is a criminal. And we like to think we’ve got it good here in Weston Super Mare – a friendly bunch of community-minded individuals happy to help each other out where possible. But there are people who aren’t like this. People who ruin it for the others.
If you’re in business in Weston Super Mare, security should be a primary concern. Not because you’re any more ‘at risk’ than anybody else out there… but because the small investment could save you piles of cash in the long run.
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