Suffolk Police urge businesses to be vigilant after The Angel Hotel in Lavenham has till, safe and tips jar stolen
Local businesses have been urged to be vigilant after items were stolen from a Lavenham hotel last week.
The Angel Hotel in Market Place, Lavenham, was broken into between 11pm on Sunday, May 26 and 7.30am on Monday, May 27.
A safe, staff tips jar and a till were stolen after an unknown number of people forced open a ground floor side window.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/31670/19.
Two other businesses in the street also reported that two men had been seen acting suspiciously on Monday, May 27.
Meanwhile a business in The Street, Bildeston reported two men hiding in the garden before they were disturbed by a security guard.
The men are described as white and in their early 50s. One man is said to have grey, balding hair and was wearing glasses while the other has silver hair and was wearing a baseball cap.
Both men were wearing jackets and jeans.
Police are therefore urging businesses to review their security measures and note the following points:
• Do you have a (written) procedure to ensure that the building is always secure, especially when unoccupied, and all staff are aware of these procedures? This should include a reminder to check all doors, including fire doors and ensure that the alarm has been set.
• Can you secure the perimeter of your premises, especially at the rear? If not, consider whether robust gates/fences could be installed.
• Are the fire doors robust and secure?
• Are (vulnerable) doors and windows, especially those out of view, covered by sturdy shutters? Are the loading area shutters sturdy and secure?
• Have you checked your CCTV recently to ensure that it is working and providing images that allow the opportunity for identification/prosecution, from all main areas?
• Is your alarm/CCTV monitored? How long could someone be in the building prior to activating the alarm, bearing in mind that attacks may be made through the shell or roof of the building?
• Have you considered higher levels of security such as fogging devices, roof grilles and roof alarms?
• Do you have steps in place to restrict easy access to the building roof, i.e. anti-climb paint, or hostile toppings
• Do you and your staff know how to report an incident and suspicious activity to police?
• Staff should wear identification badges whilst at work and anyone without an identification badge should be challenged.
• All visitors should have temporary identification and be supervised by a member of staff.