Reducing Thefts from Business Premises


The theft of metal has increased considerably over the last few years and causes problems for both domestic and commercial premises alike. Criminals can target road signs, drain covers, building sites, schools, and vehicles transporting copper, aluminium and steel. An increase in the theft of batteries from equipment has also been noted in some areas.

Offenders often visit premises to plan a theft beforehand and many thefts take place at weekends when premises may be empty.

To reduce the risk of you and your premises becoming the targets of thieves, the following advice can help improve your security.


  • Fit good quality locks to gates, entrances and on any portable plant left on site.
  • Ensure that all boundary fences are made of mesh to ensure clear site visibility, cut back vegetation and move any other objects which might obscure natural surveillance.
  • Do not park vehicles or store large items against a fence - including bins - as this will provide easier access in and out.
  • Minimise the number of entry and exit points if possible, and keep them well signposted and secure. Block any access points not in use to prevent unauthorised access.
  • Consider using anti-climb paint for walls over two metres high - and use warning signs to make people aware.
  • Keep tools and high-value or ‘attractive’ goods such as metal out of sight and lock them away securely if possible.  
  • Items that are easy to carry should be stored within secure units.
  • Make sure external lighting is in good working order. Consider fitting security lighting and park all vehicles next to the lighting to prevent theft of diesel or damage.
  • Check if you are overlooked by any other buildings, and improve your security if roof work is planned for adjacent buildings.
  • Consider installing CCTV which is fit for the purpose required.
  • Ensure that warning signs are visible and are sufficient for the area.
  • Where possible, enlist the support of your local Neighbourhood Watch.






For FREE advice on security of businesses and grounds, contact your local police Community Safety Officer.


To report any suspicious activity, including around business premises, call Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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