When it comes to understanding what is needed in terms of security, Bristol businesses often find it useful to keep track of crime statistics in the local area as well as looking out for developing trends that may be occurring in terms of specific types of crime. This allows them to take pro-active action in terms of what they need to do to update or organise their security – such as employ additional security guards.
Below are listed some recent statistics to help you get an idea of the current trends and numbers in terms of crime in Bristol – although it is advised that you also check out your local area statistics for crime, which can be done by typing your postcode into the Police.UK website.
Bristol: The News in Numbers
When it comes to security, Bristol isn’t the worst – but it certainly isn’t the best.
The months of September and August were neck and neck in terms of crimes reported – showing that so far this year, there doesn’t appear to be a significant downturn.
Within a mile of central Bristol, there were 1656 crimes reported in September compared with 1660 in August – a difference of only 4.
If we take the 3 categories that most affect business – Anti-social Behaviour, Criminal Damage and Shoplifting – these numbers are showing a similar level as well.
In September, there were 717 incidents of anti-social behaviour compared with August’s 701, 154 reports of shoplifting compared with August’s 139 and 89 incidents of criminal damage compared with August’s 95.
Impact on You
Although it may seem that no increase is good news, the fact is that security measures Bristol businesses employ could be better – because it goes without saying that more security (such as security guards, closed circuit television and alarm systems) leads to less incidents of crime.
What can you do as a business to make sure that security in Bristol is strengthened over the coming months?
- Take a look at your security set-up. Do you employ security guards? Do you have CCTV fitted? Does it work?
- Check the company you use. Do they do what they promise to? Are their security guards all SIA licensed? Do they offer you enough services?
- Make improvements. If your set-up isn’t completely on the ball, improve it. If your security company doesn’t give you everything your business needs, sack them and find a security company that does.
Less crime, more business, better Bristol.
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