Businesses tempted to under-invest in their security systems, such as security fencing
, in order to make cost savings have been warned that it could backfire in the long term.
Adrian Platts, a spokesperson for the Business Crime Reduction Centre, said small and medium-sized businesses regard security as a "grudge purchase".
"Therefore they will always be tempted to under-invest in the necessary measures to protect their business," he said.
The recession means many firms are looking at areas where they can rein in costs and save money. But making one of these areas security can be a false economy, Mr Platts said.
"Often, a business will look to cost savings and may only have a simple system installed. If a security system is not fit for purpose, it may not be worth installing it in the first place," he said.
Recently, Pauline Norstrom, CCTV section chair for the British Security Industry Association, said that hybrid security systems are becoming more popular among firms.
"This means that existing equipment is being integrated with new systems and technology, in order to make the best use of what is already there," she explained.
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