July 4, 2018

Fire Alarm System – Do I Need It?

According to the latest statistics generated by the Government, over the last year, Great Britain’s fire and rescue services attended 212,500 fires. Thankfully, the statistics represent a progressive downward trend. The decrease in the number of property damage and fatalities has been helped mostly by a more vigilant plus thorough approach when it comes to fire safety. If you are a landlord, an owner or occupier of any business or non-domestic premises, it’s clear that you need to have a fire alarm system because as the requirements of the government state you are legally liable for fire safety. These liable people are required to provide fire safety equipment that’s adequate within their premises, together with a fire detection system that is fully functioning in place. Some businesses need higher levels of fire protection than others because of their trading activities, the material they handle or the size of the business. What Type of Fire Alarm System Is Ideal for My Needs? Typically, the first step is carrying out a risk assessment. What is the furthest anyone has to travel to reach the exit? Can a fire in any way cut off the only means of escape? What about the layout […]
June 19, 2018

Benefits of Protecting your Business with CCTV

Video surveillance is very important for most businesses today. For many business owners, it is important to keep monitoring your business to avoid any fraudulent activities against your business from taking place. Closed Circuit Television, popularly referred to as CCTV, is the best way for business owners to monitor their businesses. By fitting cameras in every angle of your business, you can track what goes on in the business premises when you are not around. The benefits of installing CCTV cameras in your business premises far outweigh the drawback of the cost of cameras and the installation. Therefore, for your business safety and your own peace of mind, you need to invest in a good CCTV surveillance system. Benefits of Protecting your Business with CCTV Monitor Employees to Prevent theft and any Criminal Activities Having trust in your employees is important. However, to be sure that your employees are loyal to you and that they are not stealing from you, a CCTV camera is important. That way, you will be able to prevent theft against your business by your employees. You will be able also to monitor your employees’ conduct and how they treat your customers. Prevent Crime against your […]
May 2, 2018

Ways to Burglar Proof Your Doors

Doors are one of the most important aspects of any home. They play a major role in securing the home as they are the first point of contact for anyone wanting to enter. Therefore, keeping your doors strong and secure is a key factor in maintaining exceptional home security. Here are ways to make your doors more secure: 1. Install deadbolt locks Adding a deadbolt lock to your door is a great way to ensure the knob on the door cannot be turned from outside. These locks come in different varieties including single cylinder – keyed on one side and double-cylinder – keyed on both sides. The best part of installing a deadbolt is that you don’t have to remove your current lock. All you have to do is loosen the screws that hold the deadbolt plate in place and slide the deadbolt lock behind the plate. Then tighten the screws to complete the installation. Be sure to purchase a deadbolt that has a large strike plate and secured with at least four screws that are 3 inches long. This will prevent them from being easily ripped off. 2. Replace your door’s strike plate The strike plate is the metal […]
April 13, 2018

7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs CCTV Systems

It is essential to have the right security measures in place to keep your stock secure and protect your employees from intruders, vandals or thieves. One way to do this is to install CCTV cameras on your property. Following are 7 good reasons why your business needs CCTV systems. Effective at deterring would-be criminals – if your CCTV cameras are in plain sight of everyone, with warning signs that you have these systems protecting your premises, criminals will think twice about breaking into your property. Reduced insurance premiums – insurance companies consider premises with CCTV to be more secure than those without, which means that your insurance company will be confident that there is less chance of your company being broken into. Having CCTV installed at your premises can therefore reduce your monthly premiums. Reduced stress levels for you – there is no doubt that having CCTV cameras keeping an eye on your premises when you’re not there will give you peace of mind and reduced stress levels. No more worrying about thieves and vandals when you lock up at night or when you’re away on holiday! Provides more safety for your staff – staff safety in the workplace should […]
March 8, 2018

The Benefits of Hiring a Locksmith

Virtually everyone will at some point in their lives need a locksmith. Despite what a panicked mind might think at the time, you can rest assured that using a professional is the safest, quickest, least stressful and consequently most cost-effective thing to do. Remember the adage, ‘pride before the fall’, and from quite a height if an attempt to climb through a bathroom window after a night out on the tipple is attempted. Safety isn’t the only good reason for calling a locksmith. You can pretty much guarantee that without the correct tools, time served skills and experience, some sort of damage will be done to the lock, vehicle, door or window that is being worked on. How about that time when the key snaps and gets stuck in the keyhole. The lock is fine and there’s probably a spare key. A professional locksmith can remove the broken key without causing any damage to the lock’s mechanism. The outer part of the lock will remain unscratched and dent free, which is what usually happens when an attempt is made to pull out the broken key using a screw driver and pliers. A lock’s mechanism can get damaged after long term […]
February 2, 2018

Using a safe in your home

Privacy and security are important. Identity theft is a growing crime and burglaries are an everyday occurrence. For many households, installing a home safe is a sensible precaution for protecting important documents and valuables. Home safes are built to serve different purposes. Fire resistance, burglar resistance and water resistance are the three main purposes for safes. Some safes can provide protection for all these problems, others only meet one or two. Protecting important documents from a fire is often the most important reason for getting a safe. Fire Resistant Safes Fire resistant safes are designed to protect documents, electronic media, and photos from a house fire. These safes are rated to withstand a designated temperature for a 30-minute period. As most house fires move from room to room, a fire will often burn near the safe for about 20 minutes then move on. Safes which hold electronic media, CDs and DVDs, or celluloid products, will often require a rated lower temperature than a document safe. Document safes are usually rated at 175 degrees for 30-minutes. This type of safe should have an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) or Intertek (ETL) rating of fire resistance. Burglar Resistant Safes These safes are designed to […]
January 4, 2018

Why a Home Alarm System is an Important Investment

Are you the kind of person who worries about the safety of possessions and family? Would you like more peace of mind when you lock the door and travel to work? Perhaps a discount on your home insurance might be very enticing. Or would you like to be able to give the impression you’re home when you’re not? All these can be solved by installing a home alarm system and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can do it yourself or bring in a professional to do it for you. To help you evaluate whether it’s worth the expense let’s look at some of the advantages. The Advantages of a Home Alarm System Proven deterrent – There have been a number of studies undertaken relating to the effectiveness of home alarm systems as a deterrent. Evidence shows that homes with alarms installed can make a significant difference to household crime in an area. And not just for those who have it installed. Residents have found a decrease in crime across the local area where the majority of properties have an alarm. Peace of mind – This is an obvious benefit of installing a home security alarm. The […]
December 1, 2017

Do CCTV Cameras Reduce Crime

The use of CCTV cameras in commercial and residential houses has increased substantially, since their invention in the 1980’s. They have become a necessity for business and homeowners as a way of reducing crime and helping in monitoring the premises efficiently even when not around. These cameras have been used by crime investigators to solve some of the most mysterious crimes, and hence, the role they play in providing security cannot be ignored. CCTV cameras have also become very affordable with the emergence of various competitor brands. How Well Do CCTV Cameras Work to Reduce Crime? There have been various studies conducted regarding the psychological impact of CCTV cameras in the reduction of crime. Research conducted by Campbell Collaboration, for example, shows that theft in car parts reduced by 51% due to the installation of CCTV cameras. For CCTV cameras to attain their full potential, additional safety measures, like installing alarm systems and improved street lighting need to be integrated into the initial plan. Crime rates have significantly reduced in areas with proper CCTV installation for various reasons. Busted in Crime The worst nightmare for an offender is the thought of getting caught while in the act. While many criminals […]
November 13, 2017

Fire Doors: Just What Do They Do?

Fire doors act as resistance barriers in the event of a fire. Fire doors can be made up of glass, gypsum, steel, timber, vermiculite, and or aluminium. They are often placed in large buildings with several floors that see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. However, fire doors can be fitted in residential houses, and are quite popular in larger, suburban-type homes. When properly installed, fire doors can help keep a fire burning in a certain room, isolating it and preventing it from spreading into other rooms etc. Fire doors can also help absorb blasts and explosions. How do I know If I need a Fire Door in my home? There are many factors to consider before installing a fire door in a home. One of the most common fire doors available is called an FD30 (the 30 stands for 30 minutes and the FD stands for fire door). These doors are typically 44mm in thickness, while normal residential doors come in at about 35mm. This means that, if one would want to install a fire door in an existing house, he or she would have to advise with a carpenter & joiner or architect to properly dismantle […]
October 2, 2017

Six Benefits of an Automatic Gate

When it comes to the decision to have a gate installed at your home, you probably already have an idea in mind of what you want it to achieve. Whether it’s intended primarily for decoration or you’re tired of neighbours and passers-by casually trespassing on your property because it’s not closed off, you should be ready for this kind of question from your gate installer – because if they’re good at their job, they’ll want to know this information so they can design a system that’s right for you. There are also some further benefits of having an automatic gate installed that may not be immediately obvious, or may simply have slipped your mind during planning. Here are just a few of them to help you make that all-important final decision: Security Perhaps the most obvious benefit of a good automatic gate is the added security it offers. Subconsciously, opportunistic criminals are naturally going to be less tempted by your property if it seems harder to get in. This counts both for keeping your vehicle safe in the driveway/ garage, as well as your home itself – an automated gate adds that extra level of security between a potential criminal […]