SOURCE: Netwatch USA

Netwatch USA

October 29, 2012 09:00 ET

Netwatch Offers Five Tips for Business Owners to Thwart Halloween Vandalism

Remote Surveillance Company Helps Prevent Commercial Property Tricks During Night of Treats

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 29, 2012) - According to The Boston Globe, Halloween night has the highest rate of violent crime victimization of any night during the year. The violent crime count on October 31 is roughly 50 percent higher than any other day of the year, and twice the day-to-day average. Netwatch USA, a full-service remote video surveillance company with expertise combating vandalism and commercial property damage across four continents, today announced five tips for business owners to combat tricksters during what should be a night full of treats.

"Holidays are always a time to exercise extra safety measures," said former Boston Police Commissioner and Netwatch board member Kathleen O'Toole. "Most jurisdictions experience significant spikes in crime rates on January 1, July 4 and October 31. By taking appropriate measures, business owners can enhance safety, prevent crime and reduce calls to the police on Halloween night; not only protecting their assets, but also freeing up officers to address other incidents and threats."

In order to deter neighborhood vandals, Netwatch has developed the following list of tips to keep businesses safe:

  • Keep the perimeter well lit. Keeping lights on overnight will prevent accidents and deter vandals. Installing motion sensor flood lights will accomplish the same goals while conserving energy.
  • Limit access to the property. Unless you're a business that is staying open and passing out treats, keep all entryways locked and be certain to secure windows. Control who holds keys and keep trash bins and outdoor equipment in well lit areas.
  • Review your current security plan. Test alarms regularly and review your entire security system at least once a year. Your system may not be as effective and efficient as newer systems currently on the market.
  • Leave the cash register out in the open. It may seem counterintuitive, but leave your cash register visible and open so it can be easily monitored and, in the unfortunate case that a burglar does make it inside, the register will remain undamaged.
  • Celebrate safely. If your business is hosting a Halloween party, ensure that your fire protection system is effective and operating properly. Be certain that fire escapes are clearly marked, fire extinguishers are in the proper places, and do not hang any decorations from ceiling sprinklers. When in doubt, contact your local fire department to request a review of your property.

"By thinking defensively, business owners can quell potentially serious and expensive acts of vandalism," said David Walsh, Netwatch CEO. "By taking some simple steps to prevent vandalism and using extra caution, we can ensure that everyone remains safe."

With more than 35,000 crimes prevented since inception in Ireland in 2003, the Netwatch system deploys the most advanced video processing technologies to alert its Communication Hub of unacceptable behavior on a client's property. Intervention Specialists direct operations through remote CCTV monitoring and intervene as soon as security is breached by alerting the intruders they are being watched and the police have been informed. You can find Netwatch online at www.netwatchusa.com and on Twitter at @netwatchsystem.

About Netwatch USA
Established in 2003, Netwatch currently employs 122 staff and from its Carlow Communication Hub, monitors in excess of 25,000 cameras across the globe. Netwatch was the first company in Europe to combine specialist video processing technologies with satellite communications to provide safe, preventative, immediate and cost effective protection solutions for clients. With over 35,000 crimes prevented since start-up, the Netwatch system deploys the most advanced video processing technologies to alert its Communication Hub to unacceptable behavior on a client's property. Netwatch operates in four continents with clients across Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the USA.

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