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Business owners warned of thugs targeting gas cylinders

Business owners are urged to take proactive measures to secure their assets amidst this growing concern.

As the winter season approaches, a new trend in criminal activity has emerged, with opportunistic thieves targeting gas cylinders at fuel stations.

Business owners are urged to take proactive measures to secure their assets amidst this growing concern.

In recent weeks, security companies have reported a spike in incidents involving the theft of gas bottles from properties, particularly during the early hours of the morning, between 02:00 and 04:00, when filling stations are relatively quiet.

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The modus operandi of these criminals often involves breaking into gas bottle cages, loading the stolen cylinders, and making a swift getaway unnoticed.

This vulnerability is exacerbated by the fact that gas bottle cages are typically positioned out of sight from the main courtyard, providing easy access for thieves.

To mitigate the risk of becoming a target for such crimes, business owners are advised to take the following safety precautions:

• Invest in comprehensive security measures such as alarms, CCTV surveillance systems, and electronic article surveillance systems tailored to the specific security needs of the property. Regularly check and maintain these systems to ensure optimal functionality.

• Illuminate both the interior and exterior of the premises, paying special attention to areas around doors, windows, skylights, and other potential entry points. Consider installing protective covers over exterior lights and power sources to deter tampering.

• Consider employing a professional guarding service during nighttime hours, ensuring that security personnel are vetted regularly and rotated to maintain vigilance.

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• If gas cylinders are stored in secured cages, consider enhancing security measures by installing alarms on the cage gates or relocating them to a secure storeroom that complies with safety standards.

• Install high-quality CCTV cameras strategically around the premises to aid law enforcement agencies in investigations and act as a deterrent to opportunistic criminals.

By taking proactive steps to enhance security measures, businesses can reduce the risk of falling victim to gas cylinder thefts and safeguard their assets effectively.

Stay vigilant and prioritize security to deter criminal activity and ensure the safety of both employees and customers.

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