A suspect was nabbed shortly after allegedly trying to break in at a chicken and meat outlet in PE Central recently. “The suspect tried to burgle the business on Govan Mbeki Avenue just before 3am, but his actions tripped the business alarm,” says Ryan Britz, Port Elizabeth branch manager at Fidelity ADT.
Armed response officer, Brandon Jekels arrived within minutes and discovered signs of forced entry. “An unidentified suspect was located on the property and apprehended, and suspected stolen items recovered and handed back to the business owner,” says Britz.
Fidelity ADT warned businesses to remain vigilant, especially considering that crime will increase with lockdown restrictions being lifted. CCTV systems with remote monitoring are becoming more affordable for small businesses and Britz recommends that owners look into this option.
“Cameras are an excellent deterrent for criminals and, with remote monitoring small businesses don’t need to house a surveillance centre on the premises.”
Burglar bars, security gates and an alarm system linked to a reaction service are all also vital components of the solution.
“Fires are a very real threat and should be taken seriously. Having a fire escape plan, extinguishers and smoke detectors at the property are also must-haves.
“It’s always best to get a professional in to assess your security solution if you are unsure whether it’s adequate. These experts will be able to identify any vulnerable areas and offer the best solutions.”
Running a business in a straining economy is no easy task and business owners are understandably looking for ways to cut costs and save. Security, however, should not be an area that gets neglected, Britz added.