May 4, 2017

How a wire free burglar alarm is exactly what you need

It’s now easier than ever to have a wireless alarm fitted in your home. For one thing, they’re no longer the kind of extravagance you’d only expect to find in a business environment or wealthy household. Instead, recent technological developments have led to a significant drop in both the price of installation and labour, meaning they’re now a viable option for homeowners everywhere. And while there are a wide variety of wireless alarms available, they all possess similar features that, we think, make them an extremely attractive prospect… Cheap and easy installation It is true that the purchase price of a wireless alarm might be a fraction higher than that of a standard system. However, by using remote transmitters and receivers instead of wires, the cost of installation is significantly reduced. In fact, if you’re a bit handy, there’s no reason not to put it in yourself, therefore saving yourself the cost of a professional installer. Install and alter at your own leisure Yet another bonus of a wire free alarm is that it can be installed in stages. This makes it much easier to manage your budget, and allows you to change and expand your current system without the […]
February 17, 2017

What Are The Pros and Cons of Having Fake Security Cameras?

Installing a security system for home or business can prove expensive, especially if there is an extensive need for security cameras. One option to help keep costs down is to make use of some of the many fake security cameras on the market. These range in levels of detail from very basic to sophisticated models that utilise movement such as pan and tilt and lights to suggest that they are the genuine thing. Fake security cameras are obviously popular because there is a proliferation on the market; but there are some serious considerations to make before choosing to use them. It is important to choose the right type of fake camera. Adding an extremely sophisticated model to a system that utilises very basic real cameras will raise suspicion and can call into doubt the nature of the device. BENEFITS The obvious benefit of fake cameras is that they are usually cheaper than the real thing. They can be added to an existing system very easily and require little maintenance. For those with a burglar alarm already fitted, fake cameras can add additional peace of mind. The property is already protected, but fake cameras add to that protection. Because there are […]
February 7, 2017

Why Your Home Needs Good Window Locks

Installing high-quality door locks is a popular security measure and can reduce the risk of your home being burgled. However, installing security locks on the front and rear doors of a property is really just providing a very basic level of security and forcing any prospective burglars to focus on another way of gaining entry to the house. Unsecured windows provide the perfect point of entry for burglars and many can be opened in a matter of seconds, providing a criminal with uninterrupted access to the property. Unfortunately, window security is often neglected by homeowners and many windows either don’t have locks or are left unsecured. Whilst this makes a house an easy target for burglars it may also invalidate your home insurance policy. Many insurers stipulate that specific locking mechanisms should be installed on windows and key operated locks are usually the option recommended by insurers. Installing window locks will not only ensure that your home insurance is valid but may also lower your premium. There are locks available for a wide variety of different window types including sash, casement and uPVC windows. Whilst each of these window types will have a different lock mechanism they will all be […]
January 18, 2017

The Benefits of Installing a Fire door?

The ability to create and control fire has been one of humanity’s greatest achievements although it has also been an ever-present source of death, destruction and injury in the millennia since fire-making technologies were first developed. Human beings, having learned the potential for harm possessed by flames and smoke, discovered ways of preventing unintentional fires from spreading thus minimising their destructive capacity. Installing fire doors in buildings prevents accidental fires from turning into full-blown conflagrations, blocks the passage of smoke and allows people to escape the building. How do fire doors work? Fire doors, designed to trap flames and smoke while allowing occupants the opportunity to escape, are typically installed within compartmental buildings for the purpose of containing unintentional fires within effected areas. This type of Passive Fire Protection system (PFP) is constructed from materials that are capable of resisting flames and heat as well as stopping smoke from dissipating from one building space into another. Self-closing mechanisms allow fire doors, once opened, to slam shut in order to minimise exposure time during escape procedures that could allow a blaze to spread to other areas of the building. Materials. Typical fire-retardant doors, such as those found in apartment blocks or […]
November 10, 2016

Why you should invest in a safe for your home?

Safes are not just for offices or business properties. Every home benefits from having a security safe to store important documents and valuables. A safe is a secure place for jewellery, personal and property records, emergency cash, and other irreplaceable and high-value items. One of the main reasons for buying a safe is to protect valuables from theft. Most robberies involve snatch and grabs, meaning that the burglar spends a short amount of time taking items that are easily accessible. Having a security safe helps you protect valuables in a secure place that is not easily within reach of a burglar, especially an opportunistic one without tools. Locking items in a cabinet or drawer and hiding valuables under your bed or furniture are not the best strategies when it comes to protecting important documents and valuables. None of these options protects you from theft. They are also not good solutions for protecting treasured and irreplaceable items during a fire. In addition to deterring a burglar, a fire-resistant safe provides a higher level of protection from fire and smoke damage. A safe also protects your belongings from water damage caused by accidental and natural flooding. A safe is a convenient alternative […]
September 30, 2016

10 most common causes of burglary in the home

Despite what we see in movies, most home burglaries aren’t planned. Instead a burglar could be walking or driving by and see an immediate opportunity. They then swipe into action and take as much as possible. If there is planning, it involves picking up clues when no one is at home. Burglaries can happen any time and for different reasons. But what are the 10 most common causes of burglaries in the home? 1. Easy accessibility Burglars often select an unoccupied home with an easy access. Homes with the least cover, unlocked doors or windows, and easy escape routes are a great target. Security statistics show that easily accessible homes are broken in by simple tools such as pliers, a screwdriver or a hammer. 2. Low traffic areas Homes at the outskirts of neighbourhoods are vulnerable. Dead-end streets and locations with few outlets are an easy target. Homes at the corners are also vulnerable since thieves can know your habits easily by driving by. Low traffic areas are also less visible to neighbours and the police. 3. Previously burglarised homes If you have been previously burglarised, chances are that another thief will find your home equally vulnerable. The original thief […]
September 16, 2016

Different Types of Door Entry Systems and Their Benefits

Door entry systems, also referred to as access control systems, provide access to restricted areas and help to enhance security within premises. Entry systems can range from electronic keypads to biometric devices used for verification of the identities of individuals before they are given access to a building. Apart from enhancing security and access, door entry systems also simplify the management of a facility; no need to look for old keys used by terminated employees or to replace lost ones, or manually control who should access certain areas. The purpose of a door entry system Before we explore the types of door entry systems available, it is necessary to understand how having one may help your business or premises. Simply put, a door access system is used to lock out anyone who does not qualify to access a certain area. This system can be installed on the front door, parking garage, the records room and any sensitive areas within a building. A basic system uses a keypad or swipe, but there are applications that offer higher security that request multiple authentications (for example the combination of a card and thumbprint). When choosing a system, you may need to consider the […]
August 26, 2016

The rules and regulations regarding fire alarms

Fire alarms form an important part of a building’s safety, and as such, are required to conform to a set of strict standards. Here are the regulations that pertain to the purchase, fitting and maintenance of a fire alarm system. The fire detection and fire alarm systems legislation is set out in EN54, which is harmonised with EU rules in the form of the Construction Products Regulation. All fire safety products must meet these standards to receive EN54 conformance, and there are a number of points to be checked. A CE mark must be on the product with a four digit test centre number displayed. In order to obtain a CE mark, the product requires a Declaration of Performance that can only be issued if the equipment has been externally tested by an approved agency (Notified Body). The notified body must be involved in the production, testing and inspection of the equipment. To summarise, if a fire safety product does not have a CE mark, then it has not been tested to the required standards. There are a multitude of regulations regarding the installation and usage of fire detection systems. Here are some examples: Audible fire alarms BS EN 54-3 […]
April 8, 2016

Facts about CCTV use in the UK

Most people in the UK think about CCTV as a law enforcement tool for high-profile crimes that can be solved with the help of footage. However, CCTV cameras have been used in many other places apart from the streets. In British, there are about 2 million CCTV cameras, and you can walk about without even noticing their presence. The need for better technology has led to advancement in CCTV cameras, something that has helped to make surveillance an easier task that before. Just few years ago, people were using VHS tapes to record CCTV footages, with many employees sitting the whole day mainly to inspect the tapes so as to replace old tapes with new and empty ones. VHS image quality was not the best, something that prompted the advancement of the technology because some perpetrators of crime would still get away due to lack of clarity in the recordings. Storage was also a challenge since the VHS tapes could only hold few hours of data. Digital recording Today, however, most systems use digital CCTV technology, which offers better recording and storage capability. Digital recording can be connected to your computer so you are able to receive real-time recordings. There […]
January 25, 2016

7 Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Secure

With so many burglaries taking place, it’s always a wise move to think about the security of your own home and assess just how good it is. Before going out and making a big purchase on an alarm system, have a look around the house and decide how you would get in if you were a burglar. Have a family meeting and get every member including your children to be more aware of home security. You don’t need a drawbridge and moat around your home to be secure, but there are one or two things that will make you feel safer. Some ideas that are cheap to implement include, making it difficult for a thief to conceal himself by keeping hedges and fences low, and having outside lights that are sensitive to movement. Obviously, glass doors are not great for security even if they are half and half. Make sure that all entrances have sturdy doors with good locks. Don’t put expensive items on display, and if you have a ‘flash’ car put it in the garage at night. In most crimes committed in neighbourhoods, the criminals will do their homework and have a look around before choosing a property […]