Firms urged to be vigilant on Hallowe’en

BUSINESSES have been urged to be extra vigilant on Hallowe’en as it is one of the top nights for vandalism.

The Irish Brokers Association (IBA) said incidents on the night can threaten the livelihoods of business owners whose property has been damaged.

IBA director of financial service Ciaran Phelan said past experience has indicated that more property damage is caused on this night than almost any other night of the year.

“Property damage such as fire can be devastating for any business and we feel that if people can just undertake small steps they may be saving themselves from a lot of heartache and financial worry in the future.

“Although we are coming out with this message in advance of Halloween this advice is not restricted to this time of year alone.

“If people can be mindful of what we have advised all year round we are confident that major losses may be averted”.

The IBA said unoccupied buildings are particular targets and has advised business owners to seal up letter boxes and removing accumulated flammable material from any entry points.

It also said all waste in skips and other disposal units should be removed or moved away from buildings and business owners should also test all alarms in the building before locking up for the weekend. Meanwhile, Halloween has resulted in good news for toy store Byrne’s World of Wonder which said retail sales in the run up to the night are “significantly outperforming expectations” in a difficult trading environment.

It said sales are up 30% on last year.

James Byrne of Byrne’s World of Wonder said: “Since the credit crunch and the subsequent recession began to affect consumer confidence, we have seen a steady pattern in customers buying cheaper items, rather than totally cutting back on celebrations.”


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