Yearly Archives: 2021

Choosing The Best Security Supplier For Your Business

Posted on December 29, 2021 at 9:45 am

When owning a business, it is important that you choose the best security supplier for your businesses protection. Here is a list of some things you should consider to ensure you are choosing the best option.

Their Travel Radius
Some security businesses will only travel a certain distance from their office on call-outs. So, do check that you are within their radius. It is ideal for them to travel to you for if issues with your security occur outside of their business hours, you do not want extra charges.

Their Customer Reviews
Another thing you want to look at is previous customer reviews. This will help you to know what the company is like from an outsiders point of view. If the reviews are good, this may be the best company for you.

Their Price Point
Finally, you want to research their prices. This should be considered as you need to ensure you are not eating into your profit by working with a chosen security company.

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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.

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Home Security In Time For Christmas

Posted on November 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. But also a time of the year that is high for crime in properties across the United Kingdom. Crime rates seem to rise due to the number of gifts people will have in their home, decorations outside their home, and items of high value that criminals want to sell on for cash. This is why it is vital that you get home security in time for the Christmas Season.

The main security system that we recommend you get in time for the Christmas season is CCTV. These security cameras will record the outside of your property 24hours a day. This will help to prevent and capture any criminals that are potentially trying to steal your festive goods from outside your home. They are vital for providing you with protection and evidence for if anything was to be stolen from your property during the festive season.

Another piece of security equipment that we recommend you install in time for Christmas is an Alarm System. We recommend an alarm system for those who are storing many Christmas goodies inside their homes. Criminals will target homes during the festive season as they know families will be gathering gifts that are new and can be sold on. An alarm system will help to prevent this, as well as alarming you and your neighbourhood that there is an intruder around.

These are two of the main kinds of security systems that we recommend you invest in and have installed in time for the festive Christmas period. It will be devastating for your home to be targeted at this time of year. So protect yourself and your belongings to ensure you have the best Christmas possible.

Security of your home should not be taken lightly at Christmas. So ring up your local security engineer for your quote today.

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Security for Christmas

Posted on November 4, 2021 at 8:16 pm

When you think about Christmas, security may not be top of your priority list, but it is something that you should be considering and planning ahead for.

Unfortunately break ins after rise around the festive period as criminals know that lots of people will have gifts stored in their homes, sheds and garages. Being broken in to at any time of year but at Christmas is truest devastating and you may struggle to replace all the items in time for the big day.

Planning a head and being smart with your security can help avoid you falling victim to these sorts of awful crimes. Having CCTV installed, alarms set up and camera door bells can all help to keep you safe. People have found themselves targeted by people pretending to be door to door salesmen, so it is vital that you keep your wits about you and don’t be afraid to question someone or ask to se their ID card.

When storing presents, try and not keep them altogether. If someone does happen to break in to your home they may well not find all the presents if they are spread out or may even get caught in the act as they are having to take longer in the property.

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Car Security You Shouldn’t Forget

Posted on October 30, 2021 at 10:06 am

When owning a car, it is important that you keep it as safe and secure as possible. Not only when you are driving it, but when it is parked up or you are leaving your car. Here are some of the main car security tips you should never forget.

Keep Your Car Locked
When your car is parked up, you want to ensure it is kept locked. This is so criminals do not have an easy way to break in without leaving any evidence. Even when you are driving you should keep your doors locked. You never know when you are stopped at lights or in traffic if someone will try to get in or steal your car. This is the same when you reach your destination. You should leave your car locked until you are ready to leave the vehicle.

Remember When To Unlock Your Vehicle
Similarly to only unlocking your vehicle when you are ready to exit. You should only unlock your vehicle when you are standing right by it ready to enter it. So many people unlock their vehicle from across the car park, but this gives criminals ample time to jump in and steal it.

Double Check Your Car Is Locked
When you are leaving your car parked up, you should always double-check that your car is locked. It is super easy to assume that you have locked your car as you pressed a button on your key. But it is always a good idea to check as you never know if one time you may press the incorrect button.

These are just a few security tips that you should not forget for your car. If you want to keep yourself, your car, and your belongings safe, make sure you follow all of these tips.

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Security when driving in your car

Posted on October 20, 2021 at 6:04 am

Many of us think carefully about the security of our vehicles. You know not to leave your vehicle open when you are not there and we often remember not to leave valuables in plain sight of passers by as this make your vehicle become a target. But do you consider your safety and the security of your vehicle when driving? It is very sad that theft or vehicles not only happens when the vehicle is parked up but also when someone is driving. People have been car jacked when they have stopped at traffic lights or even when they have stopped to try and help someone. Criminals are becoming more sophisticated and will set up scenarios to trap unwilling drivers. A common way they try and get people is to pretend they have broken down and flag someone down. Then when the person stops and gets out the vehicle, they run or have someone else run round and jump in, leaving the victim stranded. If you notice a vehicle broken down and want to check they are ok be sure to keep your doors locked, open your window slightly and pull up along side them to check, remaining in the car.

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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

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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.

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How secure is your garden?

Posted on August 10, 2021 at 1:56 pm

When it comes to thinking about home security, it is not only the inside of your property that you need to protect, but you should also consider the security of your garden too.

The garden is your home’s first line of defence against burglary and theft. Having a good level of security around your perimeter can be enough to put off burglars and protect your home. Even having a high fence, CCTV system and locks on your gate may mean that you are not the victim in the next burglary. Criminals will also often access homes and gardens through public access routes such as an alley. If you have a private alleyway down the side of your house, talk to your neighbour about fitting a high, strong lockable gate.

When installing a fence try and ensure it is 1.8 meters and that it is as close to the ground as possible this will stop people being able to crawl underneath it. When installing your fence be sure that the panels are secured so that they cannot be easily lifted up as this is a common what for criminals to access your garden.

Although there is no way to ensure that you are not a victim to this sort of crime, these measures should help to prevent it.

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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.

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