Empty offices make tempting targets for burglars

An unwelcome security risk of remote working.

by Adam Gale

There were 422,000 burglaries in the UK in 2018-19. Most were in the home. But imagine a situation where, say, thousands of offices and other workplaces around the country were left empty because staff had been told to work remotely.

Let’s also say that because of a national emergency - involving manpower shortages due to self-isolation and possibly requiring curfew enforcement - the police force was stretched to capacity. 

What do all those burglars do? 

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