Access control safety tips for the festive season

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As the experts in access control and door opening solutions, we at ASSA ABLOY take great joy in ensuring safety. With the festive season in full swing, staying safe this holiday should be a priority for everyone regardless of whether they are at home or at work.

Although this time of the year is one where we all like to unwind and spend time with those dear to us, it’s also a time when criminals choose to strike. From increased vigilance to devices like access control systems, there are a few ways that you can make sure that you’re not a target. If you think your safety measures could use a boost, you might want to read on to see how we suggest you do just that.

Tip 1: Check your premises and current systems

If you want to keep your home, possessions and loved ones safe, it’s worth putting in the extra effort. The same can be said for your offices, employees, important documents and assets. First, we suggest starting with a perimeter check to see if there are any vulnerable areas that are leaving you exposed. These could be a fence in need of a repair, a faulty door or even an overgrown hedge. The next step would be to check that your access and alarm systems work before you close up for the year. If it’s workplace security in question, we suggest you have a protocol in place with staff should their access control tags get misplaced or stolen. This will help prevent any breaches to your premises. By having these measures in place, you will get to enjoy the festive season with total peace of mind, just the way you should.

Tip 2: Drive safely

As much as you’re tempted to drive with your windows down, this can prove to be a risk in some places. If possible, use your vehicle’s air conditioner and keep the windows up. If you must wind them down, make sure that your smart phone, handbag, laptop and other valuables are kept out of sight. Even if your windows are up, the sight of a phone or bag is enough temptation for a criminal to strike with a smash-and-grab.

Tip 3: Take care when shopping

Especially during holiday periods, shopping malls can become a place of danger. By choosing a handbag with a zip, it’s difficult for criminals to get into and take your belongings. It’s also important to keep your wallet out of  sight and, if possible, avoid drawing or carrying large volumes of cash at the mall. Keep your trolley in your sights at all times and if you are going to be purchasing expensive items, we suggest that you make these your last stops before you leave. This will prevent theft of these items whilst you browse stores.

Tip 4: Be aware of your surroundings

Even if you find yourself in a secure space like an underground car park, there could still be some risk involved. By being alert and observant you won’t be an easy target for opportunistic criminals. Remote jamming is a reality, especially in these parking areas so always make sure that your vehicle is locked. Again, you should keep those valuables hidden so that the temptation to break into your car is gone. 

Have a safe and happy holiday season

Peace of mind that your home and offices are secure is priceless. Thanks to our locks and door opening solutions, our customers will be able to enjoy the holidays without incidents or worry.