Anti-social behaviour is established as one of the UK’s biggest everyday law and order problems, and as well as people in residential areas being subjected to it, it can also be a huge problem for commercial businesses. This is why businesses have to take this risk seriously and invest in measures to prevent its harmful effects.
What is anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour is defined in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 as “…behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person’. In other words this is a range of behaviours which can cause nuisance, annoyance, harm or distress to people or an environment. Generally speaking, this can involve:
- Creating a mess – ie. dumping of materials
- Creating a noise
- Mis-treating animals
- Letting animals misbehave
- Street drinking
- Mis-use of fireworks
- Verbal abuse
- Vandalism and graffiti
How to prevent anti-social behaviour
By design, most incidents of anti-social behaviour take place late at night or in areas where there are no people around. Inevitably this points to commercial businesses being a prime target for anti-social behaviour because they are often left vacant overnight, and even if they are still operating, because they are located in remote areas this means anti-social behaviour can often still take place undetected.
Businesses do invest in CCTV systems which can record evidence and act as a visible deterrent to anti-social behaviour, but equally effective are security dogs and K9 patrols. It is true that dog security can work in tandem with CCTV and other security measures to provide comprehensive security, but as a stand-alone solution, dog security is hugely effective.
How does dog security help to prevent anti-social behaviour?
Dog security can be deployed rapidly where incidents of anti-social behaviour have been reported, but it is also an effective preventative measure.
- Regular patrols of a certain area mean that people become aware that dog security is being used, and this changes their patterns of behaviour and may mean they move on to other targets.
- Dog security on routine patrols can act as an important eye witness to anti-social behaviour, often in areas where there is no CCTV coverage.
- Dog security means that the dog and its handler can work together to safely disperse people carrying out anti-social behaviour, or about to, and without any altercations or incidents of violence taking place.
- Dog security patrols can monitor areas and report sightings of people or situations which could prove to be a trigger for anti-social behaviour.
Contact React K9 for effective dog security and to prevent anti-social behaviour
It is proven that dog security is several times more effective than a simple security patrol. The dog and its handler can address many serious and developing situations far better than a security guard on their own can. And using dog security deployed by React K9 you know you are using SIA-licenced security personnel, who are trained and professional and will always use and follow the correct, legal procedures.
We install dog security on your site having carried out a thorough risk assessment of your business, property and operations. This enables us to identify the risks associated with your business, which enables us to deploy the correct form of dog security. With this professional insight and comprehensive site coverage, we are able to work with you to prevent incidents of anti-social behaviour and ensure your people, premises and assets are suitably protected, so contact our team at React K9 today.