Firms urged to ‘lock up’ this Bank Holiday weekend

Attempted security breaches increase by as much as 30pc on Bank Holiday weekends, Carlow-founded global security player Netwatch has warned.

Irish businesses are being warned to lock up securely this bank holiday weekend as the potential risk of criminal damage increases dramatically at bank holiday weekends.

Netwatch, Ireland’s leading provider of proactive visual monitoring services to businesses across Ireland says that attempted security breaches increase by as much as 30pc on Bank Holiday weekends.

Wendy Hamilton, senior vice-president, Global Operations at Netwatch Group explained that attempted security breaches occur consistently over the weekend, and not just under the cover of darkness.

Stars of CCTV

“We see an increase in youths loitering and attempts to breach perimeters of many of our client sites. In large office parks and areas like Dublin 2 or 4, footfall is minimal over a bank holiday weekend meaning opportunistic criminals are less likely to be seen,” Hamilton said.

“Burglars know buildings are less likely to be occupied on a Bank Holiday weekend and they also know that many key holders go away on a bank holiday weekend reducing the response time to a break-in. Building sites are a particular concern on Bank Holidays for trespass and theft attempts at all times of the day and night”, she said.

For many unprotected businesses or those using static CCTV cameras, it can be Tuesday before staff and management are made aware of a burglary, with the thief long absconded. 

“Along with the loss of assets, business downtime creates extra costs and issues so we are urging businesses to take a few simple precautions this October Bank holiday weekend”, Hamilton continued. “This preparation will help ensure security issues do not impact on management and employees enjoying their bank holiday break.”

Security tips for the Bank Holiday weekend:

  1. Ensure there is someone responsible for the task of locking up on the Friday before a long weekend.
  2. Revise your list of keyholder contacts in case of emergency and inform your security company of the new contacts. Ensure that if an alarm is raised on your premises, you have personnel available to attend.
  3. Secure all doors and windows.
  4. Test smoke and fire detection systems.
  5. Criminals tend to lurk and investigate an area before committing a crime. Teach your employees to watch out for suspicious behaviour and be aware of their surroundings.
  6. Keep the perimeter well-lit to serve two purposes. It can prevent trips and falls and deters potentials trespassers. Installing motion sensor flood lights will accomplish the same goals while conserving energy.
  7. If using CCTV cameras check that your footage is backing up successfully. Often companies discover after a potential break-in that cameras have not been recording correctly.

Written by John Kennedy (

Published: 24 October, 2019