Netwatch, Ireland’s leading high-tech security specialists, have today urged owners and managers of businesses to ensure that every aspect of their business is secure over the Easter break.
The advice comes after data from the Netwatch Communication Hub indicated that attempted security breaches increased by a staggering 37% over the recent long St Patrick’s weekend.
Netwatch has identified a trend showing that attempted security breaches happen at a much higher rate on Bank Holiday weekends when staff are either not on the premises or the staff presence has been dramatically decreased.
The research found that on bank holidays, potential criminals operate during daylight hours while on regular weekends, attempted security breaches tend to occur under the cover of darkness. On St Patrick’s Day, this was particularly evident as potential security breaches occurred constantly over the course of the day.
Since businesses are generally closed for longer periods than normal during the holiday break, criminals are acutely aware this can mean a delay for business owners and members of staff in finding out that the premises has been targeted. This has been particularly felt in the construction industry where, on many occasions, employees have returned to work to find valuable equipment stolen or damaged and work has not been able to continue for prolonged periods.
Netwatch is advising all businesses to ensure that effective steps are taken to ensure that Easter is a holiday and not a time to worry about the workplace for staff and business-owners.
Speaking today, CEO & Co Founder of Netwatch, David Walsh said, "With businesses aware of the threat, and the potential risk dramatically increased on holiday weekends, it is imperative that businesses follow up with every member of staff to ensure that all security measures are prepared meticulously."
He added, "Unfortunately, criminal activity certainly does increase at these times of the year, but there is always a solution for conscientious business leaders, which will reduce fear and let employees and management enjoy their time off without worrying about their place of work."