Security Systems

How good is your premises CCTV?

Posted on May 29, 2022 at 9:46 am

Having a CCTV system monitoring a business premises is now regarded as an essential security feature along with an alarm system and high quality doors and locks but how good is the footage from that CCTV system and can it actually identify thieves and be used in evidence in court?

The old adage, “You get what you pay for” is certainly true for security systems and when you are trying to prevent possibly thousands of pounds of goods being stolen from the premises buying a superior CCTV set up is vital. The quality of the footage on a cheap system can be grainy and unclear which renders it useless when the police look at it to try to determine the culprits. Good quality cameras will provide much clearer video and images which may show not only faces but other distinguishing marks such as tattoos.

A superior quality security system may also have much more robust cameras which are harder to disable and damage, and hidden protected cabling preventing the thieves from cutting them. Footage from the cameras can often be viewed remotely allowing the business owner to act quickly and alert the police if a break-in is detected possibly catching the thieves red-handed.

Posted in Security Systems

Are Mobile Compitable Alarms Good For Seniors?

Posted on May 19, 2022 at 12:04 pm

When you think about the senior people in our lives, your first thought does not turn to them being highly skilled in the world of mobile phones. So, why would mobile compatible alarms be good for seniors?

Well, this isn’t when you want to think directly about the age of the person who is going to be in the home. You want to think of who is going to be helping them. Issues with alarms do occur, so having the ability for other family members to have virtual control of the alarm, will help the senior to feel more protected. If they are confused, they can ask these family members for help.

If the family have worries about their elderly relative, it will put their mind at ease with them being able to have some control over their alarm system. So yes, mobile compatible alarms are good for senior homes.

Posted in Security Systems

Make sure that your CCTV system is secure

Posted on December 10, 2021 at 4:59 pm

This may sound like an odd question, but is your CCTV system secure? CCTV systems are often installed to give us that added level of security around our home or place of work. CCTV systems compile of at least one camera that records footage and possibly that you can view live.

CCTV has helped cut down on break ins and vandalism and also helped to capture the criminals that have committed the crime but is your CCTV system being used against you to actually aid criminals?

Many CCTV systems work off Wi-Fi connections meaning that they are connected to your Wi-Fi in order to enable you to view footage when away from the home. Often these systems come with software that has been set up with a default password and many users forget to change this. This makes it easy for someone else to hack into your CCTV and use it against you. They can turn it off or even worse use it to see when you are in and when you are out of the house. With this information they can then find the best time to target you and break into your home or watch for when you return.

Posted in Security Systems

What do Construction Security Services Consist Of?

Posted on October 12, 2021 at 1:01 pm

The field of construction security involves the protection of construction and building sites, both throughout the day while people are working, and at night when they could become a target to thieves and vandals. Construction security itself covers many different areas, as sites are all different and varying levels of security will be needed. Here, you can learn about some of the most popular construction security services, what they involve and how they are integral to the protection of a security site.

When considering construction security, one of the key things to do is carry out a risk assessment. Your chosen security company should be able to help and advise on this if it is not your own area of expertise. A risk assessment will essentially help you to understand where the biggest areas of risk lie so you can plan your security resources accordingly, depending on where there are vulnerabilities on your sites. This will largely depend on where the sites are, how they are accessed, whether there is expensive equipment or machinery that could be damaged or stolen, and how secure the sites are (whether there is climb proof fencing, cameras etc.) A security team will then be able to advise you on the best ways to protect your site, based on this risk assessment. This may involve installing cameras and other equipment or it may be a case of appointing security personnel to guard and look after your site, or setting up a schedule for security patrols.

Here are some of the most popular security services for construction sites:

  • Manned security guarding. This is where a security guard is present on site, ensuring only authorised people can gain entry.
  • Security reception services. If you have a larger site, site office, or construction company headquarters that need extra security, this is the ideal option.
  • Key holding and alarm response services. If an alarm goes off on site or in an office, you can appoint a security company to take care of it and attend the premises to check up on it.
  • Mobile security or guard dog patrols. If you don’t need a full time security guard at your premises but you could benefit from patrols, this could be the ideal service for you, providing a deterrent to anyone considering breaking in.
  • Fire watch services. This can be valuable to anyone on a security site who needs to know it is protected.
  • Remote CCTV monitoring. This will require you to have CCTV and will help you monitor it effectively.

If you sites are vacant, security companies can also help with this.

Here are some pointers for finding the right security company:

  • Look for SIA licences and CRB checks
  • Speak to the management team and understand where there experience lies, and how well they know the construction industry
  • Ask about technology and what the security company uses to stay on top of their industry
  • Ask about flexibility and make sure you understand the contract, what is being provided and how you can contact the security company in an emergency

Posted in Security Systems

The importance of placement of security equipment

Posted on September 26, 2021 at 1:48 pm

If you are considering have a CCTV system installed in your property then you need to think carefully about the positioning of the cameras but also the hard drive box (if your system has one). The first decision you need to make is what type of system you want. The cheapest systems have IP cameras that can have SD cards installed. They run off the WiFi usually but may be able to be hard wired in to your router. They will usually have an app where you can view live and past footage and set up alerts.

If you want a system that is a bit more advanced then you will need to go for one with a recording box that can have multiple cameras attached to it. Often the system will come with a certain number of cameras but you may be able to add more. When choosing the location of the cameras you need to try and put them in a place where they cannot be easily reached. They should be high up but at an angle that gets the coverage you need. It is also important to place the recording box in the correct place too. You don’t really want to have it installed in a living room or kitchen as if you do have a break in it will be easy for the criminals to steal it.

Posted in Security Systems

Hiring a New Security Company in Reading

Posted on July 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm

There are many factors that come into play when hiring a security company in Reading. There is the importance of ensuring they are reliable, trustworthy and efficient, as well as experienced and qualified in what they are going to be doing for you. This is particularly important if they are a company that is new to you or that you have not had the opportunity to use before. New suppliers always need to be thoroughly vetted, especially when something as important as your security and safety are at stake.

This makes the process of hiring a company more important than ever so that you don’t end up making any mistakes with your hiring decision. Some of the ways you can tell if a security company are qualified for the job are:

  • SIA registration. When a company has a security industry authority licence this is a guarantee of experience and professionalism. Companies must work hard to earn this kind of qualification and will be put through tests and their licence verified. For this reason, SIA is a name you can trust in security.
  • Experience. Look into how much experience the company has to find out if they are adequately prepared to take on the tasks you want them to complete for you. Experience is not everything as everyone has to learn and some people can take to the job naturally, but knowing how to deal with stressful and potentially dangerous situations is essential in security and therefore experience does count.
  • Specific services. If you need security guarding and other services for a commercial property, ensure that any security company you might work with will be able to provide services within that kind of setting. Check what kinds of services they normally provide and what the security guards who are deployed have done previously by way of gaining experience in the right areas.

You will also need to find out about the ins and out of working with the company, such as their contracts, costs and how much notice they will need ahead of a service. Availability is very important – even if you only want one or two services for now it could be that you need a security company to manage an event for you, or you need security guards managing reception services when your office building will be busier. For this reason, it is good to know about general availability.

Hiring a new security company in Reading may take a while but it is worth the time and effort spent checking them out and ensuring the security guarding, CCTV monitoring, security dog patrols and other relevant services are going to be what you need. You should always be able to talk honestly about your requirements with your chosen security company and have open conversations about the way your working relationship will be managed. For this reason, it is important to pick a company you can rely on and that will work for you in a way that is reliable, reassuring, and flexible enough to meet your security needs.

Posted in Security Systems

Which CCTV system should you choose?

Posted on March 20, 2021 at 11:24 am

CCTV systems can be a great addition to your security for your home. There are a number of different options when it comes to CCTV systems and some are more expensive than others.

When choosing your system, you first need to decide how many cameras you need. You also need to work out how many are going to be outdoor and how many are going to be indoor. Don’t make the mistake of trying to use an indoor camera to film outside through the window as this will usually just result in a bright white reflection on the footage at night time.

Ideally you want a mix of outdoor and indoor cameras to protect your home. Most CCTV cameras now come with an app that you can download. This will allow you to view live footage and also watch previous recording. The cameras are installed with a SD card that can store footage for a few weeks to a few months. Other CCTV systems have a hard drive box that can be positioned in your home and footage will be recorded to it. These often can store move footage that SD cards and mean even if the camera got stolen, you still have the footage.

Posted in Security Systems

Have you thought about your home security recently?

Posted on February 9, 2021 at 12:55 pm

If you live in a nice area that has a limited amount of crime then you may find that you become a little complacent about your security in and around your home. The problem is that often thieves start to target areas that have low rates of crime as they know people are likely to be less vigilant so therefore their job may be easier. The last thing you want to do is to give a criminal an easy time.

Ensure that everyone is the house understands the importance of home security and what needs to be done every day. For example, it may be that you have teenagers coming and going throughout the day. You need to make sure that they always lock the door and shut any windows behind them when they go. Thieves often watch houses to see when people come and go and then choose the best time to target them.

Installing a good quality CCTV system will allow you peace of mind that even when you are not there, there is a way of checking up that everything is ok and should the worse happen, you should be able to get it on camera.

Posted in Security Systems

Securing your home when going on holiday

Posted on August 22, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Home security is very important. We all want peace of mind that whether we are in our home or away, the property is secure. With more and more break ins occurring it is vital that you act now to improve your home security.

Firstly, have a walk around the property and check that there are no easy ways to enter. If you have an open garden then you may want to look in to having a fence put around it. This will just add another level of security to your property.

CCTV is great not only at capturing footage of people that are breaking in to your property (which can often be very useful in court) but also it can act as a deterrent. You can pick up CCTV systems for as little as £30 a camera. These IP cameras link to your Wi-Fi and can give you a live feed of what’s going on. If you install a memory card you can also set it to record the footage. Most come with their own aps you can use to view footage, change settings such as sensitivity and sometimes even two way talking if your model has the ability to.

Keeping all windows and doors securely locked may sound like a very obvious thing to do but is often something many of us forget about.

Posted in Security Systems

The Security of a Personnel Door

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 11:28 pm

Personnel doors, often made of steel and other high performance materials, might be deemed to be obviously high quality. They are strong doors, and most of them will be of a good quality, but there is a lot to factor in before deciding which kind to buy. Security is a major factor that is well worth considering before choosing the particular door type you are happiest with.

Personnel doors allow access for everybody and will not always have security features like key fobs or access control that other kinds of doors might have. This should be carefully considered, though, so that people cannot get in through a personnel door where they should not be able to gain access. It will all very much depend on your setup and who needs to use a personnel door, and whether it is a fire exist, or perhaps even automatic. Explore your options and pick an appropriate level of security.

Posted in Security Systems

Next Page »