Businesses urged to 'maintain vigilance' over Christmas

Police have advised businesses to be aware of the risk of incendiary devices being placed in shops and offices in the run up to Christmas.

As many retailers prepare for their busiest season, Chief Inspector Mark Mason, Force Crime Prevention Officer, warned about the dangers of being distracted from proper security procedures, and to take precautions and maintain vigilance.

He said: “We are asking businesses to pay special attention to the security of their premises, at this particularly busy time. There is no need to spell out the disruption, damage and potential risk to life if incendiary devices go undetected. We are asking all businesses to be vigilant and in particular to explain to staff the important role they have in protecting themselves, and the public, they are the eyes and ears of the business."

"Whilst this advice is particularly aimed at the risk posed by incendiary devices it is equally applicable to accidental fires, particularly in light of the present industrial action by the Fire service.”

Police are advising for business owners to undertake a realistic assessment of risk and take appropriate security measures.

Members of staff should also be aware of their role in protecting themselves, businesses and customers.

Plans should be developed for searching and evacuating the premises in the event of an emergency. The access into private areas should be monitored, paying particular attention to toilets.

And above all, police advise that businesses owners to constantly check their premises and test their security – "before someone else does".


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

15 January 2019
L'Derry Security Alert As Firearm Found
The Whitehouse Road in L'Derry has been closed due to a security alert after a firearm was discovered in the area. Police closed the route at around 7.45am this morning, Tuesday 15 January, and diversions are in place. Officers are currently examining the weapon.
07 January 2019
Fermanagh Security Alert As Suspected WWI Shell Discovered
Homes have been evacuated as part of an ongoing security alert in County Fermanagh, after a suspected First World War shell was discovered during building work. The device was found on the morning of Monday 07 January, as construction work was being carried out near the police station in Enniskillen town centre.
07 January 2019
Call For Action Over Delays At Belfast International Airport
SDLP Business Spokesperson Pat Catney has said that action, rather than apologies, is required of the management at Belfast International Airport to resolve the ongoing issue of long security queues and delays.
26 February 2007
'High-risk' sex offender rearrested
A high-risk sex offender who has been missing since last week, has been detained by police in Garvagh, County Londonderry. Robert Wallace, 78, who was residing in Belfast had not been seen since Thursday morning, despite attempts to locate him.
16 January 2019
Weather Warning Issued For Risk Of Ice In NI
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Northern Ireland for later today, 16 January, as well as Thursday. Icy patches are expected to develop this evening, prompting the warning which is active from 10pm through to 11am tomorrow.
14 November 2006
Police warn businesses of incendiary attacks
Police have warned business owners and key-holders in County Antrim to check their premises following a recent number of incendiary attacks in the area. A spokesman for the PSNI said: "It is extremely important that those involved in business in the Antrim area carry out a thorough search of their premises.
08 March 2013
Flag Protests Cost £20m
So far £20m has been spent on policing the union flag protests across Northern Ireland. The figure has been released by the PSNI. Chief constable Matt Baggott said the money had been “wasted” on policing "disorder that should never have happened in the first place".
22 October 2014
Half of Govt Contracts Secured By Small Businesses
More than half of Government contracts in Northern Ireland have been won by small businesses, it has been announced. The figures were revealed by Finance Minister Simon Hamilton as he spoke to over 650 suppliers at the annual InterTradeIreland (ITI) 'Meet The Buyer' event in Belfast today.
15 October 2014
DEL Launches 'Connected' Phase 3
The third phase of the Department for Employment and Learning’s 'Connected' programme has been launched today. Funded by the Department, Connected is delivered by Queen’s University, the University of Ulster and the six further education (FE) colleges. The scheme aims to assist businesses improve performance by providing access to support services.
06 August 2009
Tesco Cuts Out Landfills
Retail giant Tesco has diverted all of its Northern Ireland waste away from landfills over the last 12 months, it has been revealed. Tesco bosses have also implemented several 'environmentally friendly' solutions into store nationwide.
07 January 2009
Paving The Road To Sales Growth
As the credit crunch continues to bite, the battle to grow sales is an ever more important one for businesses to win. However, small businesses are being given a competitive advantage, thanks to Belfast City Council's latest development initiative.
22 September 2006
New redundancy rules for NI
The Department for Employment and Learning has today announced changes to the way collective redundancy notifications must be made. From October 8 2006, businesses proposing to make collective redundancies (where 20 or more employees are to be made redundant) must notify the relevant public authority before redundancy notices are issued to staff.
16 August 2006
NI employment figures on the rise
Employment in Northern Ireland has risen to a record high and the unemployment rate remains below the UK average, it has today been announced. Figures for the period between April - June 2006, estimate that there were approximately 769,000 people in employment in Northern Ireland, the highest figure on record to date.
08 June 2006
NI companies worst affected by crime
Northern Ireland companies are the worst affected by crime in the UK, it has today emerged. The report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) claims that 40% of local companies affected by crime did not report it to police as they did not believe that this would achieve anything.
09 August 2005
NI businesses experience high crime rate
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has launched a new report criticising the Government for not giving crime against businesses the priority it deserves. The report - Cracking Business Crime - is based on a survey of over 18,000 small businesses across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.