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August 14, 2009

Hiscox warns against lax security

by Richard Kilner

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Specialist insurer Hiscox has commissioned research which reveals that two million small businesses are at risk of burglary due to lack of security during summer.

The seasonal weakness includes a more relaxed attitude towards closing doors and windows, a trait reported by 44% of businesses surveyed.

One in five of those questioned stated that they had arrived at work to discover that a window or door was unlocked, or the alarm had not been set.

Nearly half of respondents (48%) believe that members of staff took a more lax attitude towards security at work than at home.

However, the leadership of businesses can frequently fail to take appropriate measures as well.

Some 73% state that they do not change locks/security codes when employees are made redundant and 78% have said they have no special security arrangements for when a single employee is present at the workplace.

Earlier in the year Hiscox warned that the recession could help fuel crime beyond burglary and theft.

The insurer cited three cases of so-called ‘boss napping’ where employees held their boss hostage, and warned that redundant employees could even extort their former employers.

 

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