Research conducted by security systems specialist Expert Security UK found that despite a statistical drop in crime in recent years, many people are increasingly worried.
The research also revealed:
- Britons aged between 55 and 64 are the most concerned about crime
- Figures show that overall crime rates are actually falling
- One in four people have taken matters into their own hands by installing CCTV.
Why are we more afraid?
Danny Scholfield, Sales and Marketing Director at Expert Security UK offered one theory as to why so many people are more concerned about becoming a victim of crime than they were 10 years ago. “Increased media exposure certainly has a big part to play. The rapid emergence of social media has resulted in 24/7 reporting, with the impacts of crime being amplified,” he commented.
“Not so long ago, certain crimes would have gone unreported or would have flown under the radar because of a lack of media coverage. In 2016, everyone has smartphones and are able to report on developing situations live. While this is a good thing on the one hand, it does make it seem like more crimes are happening, whereas the statistics suggest otherwise.”
Are businesses adequately protected?
Scholfield believes that businesses equally shouldn’t bury their heads in the sand. “There’s no harm in being prepared. For a lot of business owners, terror-proofing is a relatively new concept and so it’s understandable that they’re not sure of exactly what they need to do to protect themselves. That’s why we created a handy guide to give these people a solid starting point.”
Remember – security measures and procedures that work for one business might not be right for you.
Nevertheless, this guide to terror protection will certainly set you off in the right direction.