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Firms advised to tighten security ahead of Christmas holidays


Businesses are being urged to tighten their security measures after a new report revealed that many firms leave confidential documents on display during the festive season.


Some 67% of businesses polled admitted that they do not destroy private documents or ensure that they are stored in a secure location before closing down for the Christmas break.


With identity fraud costing the UK more than £2.7 billion a year, data experts are advising companies to increase their security before heading home for the holidays.


‘Office revellers will undoubtedly be side-tracked by festive fun in the last week of work, but on a serious note, I advise all office employees to destroy all private papers before the holidays,’ said Jim Watson from security firm Shred Easy.


He added: ‘Before closing the office, workers should shred all confidential office papers, lock away memory sticks and laptops. Thieves are opportunists and are often on the lookout for easy items to grab. Make sure that your business is insured properly to cover any crimes that cost your business.’