Last-minute inquiries caused by “festive fear” have resulted in a glut of work for a Preston-based security firm.
Sector Security says its staff will have little time to tuck into the turkey this festive season.
It has taken on over 2,000 hours of extra security work in the last week alone.
Requests have come in mainly from commercial clients recognising the greater risk they face through temporary closures for Christmas.
Additionally, it has taken on 17 short-term patrol contracts, where its mobile response officers will be checking that nothing untoward is happening to offices left empty and open to the risk of theft or damage during the festive season.
Sector Security, which has headquarters in Preston and offices in Manchester and Leeds, monitors premises from Carlisle to Cheadle and Leyburn to Liverpool.
Commercial director, Dirk Wilson, said: “Many companies plan in their security support months ahead of Christmas, but many others suddenly recognise the need and turn to us for temporary security support.”
He added: “This year, we have also been asked to monitor industrial sites close to newly established traveller camps, where business owners are concerned about their security in the light of new developments.”
The team covers many different scenarios, from checking that residents in sheltered accommodation are safe and secure, to rescuing homeowners locked out of their home.
The security firm offers manned guarding and mobile patrols, key holding and alarm response, open and close services, vacant property inspections, lone worker monitoring, CCTV services and security training.