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CCTV

Today we installed a CCTV system for commercial customer who chose to add an extra layer of protection to their physical building security.   

All of our systems are bespoke and designed taking into account the design of the building and the customer’s specific wishes and budget.   The CCTV world is awash with choices and we help to simplify the choices for customers to get the best system they can that meets their needs and budget.

Our CCTV and Alarm systems are equally suited to domestic and commercial customers

There are a number of options to consider around, most suitable CCTV format, i.e., analogue, high definition analogue or IP.  There are different camera types to consider with various lens types and infra Red night vision intensity.

All of our systems enable live remote viewing on mobile devices and tablets from anywhere in the world (subject to internet access through 3G, 4G or wifi)

If you are considering enhancing your security by adding CCTV, an alarm system, or newer modern stronger locks or additional security give us a call or browse our websites for more information.

http://Www.safeandsecure247.co.uk   And http//:alarms.safeandsecure247.co.uk

Make Your Home Less Vulnerable to Burglary

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Traditionally, burglary tends to increase as the dark evenings come upon us so as the clocks have recently gone back and as it’s coming to the end of Home Security Month, we thought it a good time to offer you advice on a few simple steps you can take to make your home less vulnerable to burglary.

Security is like many things in life, you tend to get what you are prepared to pay for and sometimes cheap security offers little or no security or may let you down in some way just when it is needed, however with a little knowledge you needn’t pay the earth and most expensive is not always best.

The vast majority of residential burglaries are opportunist, what we mean by that is that with minimal planning, a burglar will walk or drive along any random street and look at the houses. Their aim is to get in and out as quickly and quietly as possible without being seen or heard and therefore minimise the chance of being caught red handed.  Mostly they will tend to be attracted to what they consider to be the “softer” targets.

Every little thing that you add that will cause a burglar to make more noise, take more time or be more visual getting in will put them off. The chances are that if you have sufficient security they will in all likelihood burgle a house nearby that presents them less of a challenge.

  • Consider the perimeter of your property and the approach, do you shut/lock access gates.
  • Preventing unwanted visitors entering your property is what you  need to achieve, but nobody wants their home looking like a prison surrounded by high walls and barbed wire, and that is not necessary.
  • Mother nature provides an environmentally friendly, attractive and particularly effective alternative – the prickly bush, these can be extremely effective when planted around perimeter areas. Don’t go for height particularly at the front as this could hide unwanted visitors on your property from sight.  A high hedge can be great for an opportunist theft as they are confident of not being seen while they are up to no good.
  • There are many forms of driveway alert that sound in the house when someone enters your drive these start from as little as £30.
  • Consider motion sensitive outdoor lighting. During the hours of darkness lighting is not only be a comfort factor for the occupant, it is an excellent deterrent for would be opportunist burglars who clearly do not want to be seen.  Be sure to fit them out of reach so they cannot be tampered with and if they are bright halogen or cost saving LED lights, not pointing directly at neighbours houses so as to cause a nuisance.
  • Many of the more “professional” burglars don’t carry obvious tools on them for gaining entry incase they are stopped by police, instead they rely on their target victim(s) leaving them out. Ensure your garden is tidy, that ladders and tools that may be used to gain entry are locked away.
  • Ensure your sheds and outbuildings are properly secured (both windows and doors) using the best quality locks that you can afford and consider lighting around these areas and a shed alarm. (basic shed alarms start at around £20)
  • Secure any particularly valuable items within your shed or outbuilding with padlocks and chains to ground or wall anchors. If you install high quality security it would necessitate a thief having to use a noisy angle grinder rather than relatively silent bolt croppers.
  • Consider locking other smaller valuable tools items such as chainsaws etc to the same ground or wall anchors at least locking lots of items together to make them very difficult to move.
  • We have already mentioned outdoor motion detector lights and the same applies around the house itself.
  • Always read you insurance company’s minimum requirements for security (Usually they will require at least 5 lever British Standard lock or equivalent on the final exit point for example) and similar locks or additional locking bolts on all other external doors plus key operated window lacks on all windows accessible from the ground floor.  IF YOU DON’T COMPLY WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS, THEY MAY NOT PAY OUT IN THE EVENT OF BURGLARY, NO MATTER HOW THEY BROKE IN.
  • There are a vast range of locks and additional security for doors and windows on the market, your local reputable locksmith is the best point of advice on upgrading your locks and additional security.
  • Once you have good quality locks on doors and windows make sure you lock them when you are out, at night and when you are in the garden in the summer.
  • If you leave windows open at night in the summer, consider fitting security restraints to prevent them from opening wide enough to climb through.
  • You may also not be aware that if someone enters your house using a key, most insurers will not pay out. It is always sound advice to change the locks when you move house so you can account for all of the keys.

Hear are a few more tips

  • Don’t leave valuables on display through windows or advertise them with social media photographs.
  • Beware of what you put on social media when you are away from home, it could be as simple as commenting on a picture of your animals at kennels which demonstrates you are away from home.
  • Install a safe for your valuables; Everybody has items that they would be devastated if they were stolen or destroyed in a fire.
  • Install a burglar alarm; If you already have an alarm, make sure you use it, It is not an ornament, and is only fully effective if properly serviced and always used.
  • Install CCTV cameras; If you have them, ensure they are regularly serviced, that your DVR is recording and that the time is accurate and changed with British Summer Time.
  • Security Grilles or mesh can add an extra layer of protection for windows and doors;
  • Holiday tips will be subject to a separate blog.
  • Consider UV marking or DNA based marking systems to mark your property which may increase the chances of you getting it back in the worst case scenario.
  • Photograph and catalogue valuable items and keep receipts in a safe place.

REMEMBER:  There is no such thing as 100% security but, every little thing that you add that will cause a burglar to make more noise, take more time or be more visual getting in will put them off. The chances are that if you have sufficient security they will in all likelihood burgle a house nearby that presents them less of a challenge.

If you want to deter a burglar you need to think like a burglar. A burglar wants to enter your building as quickly and quietly as possible and easily remove tools and other items, place them in their vehicle and leave without being caught.

Just incase the worst does happen despite your best efforts, check that you have sufficient insurance cover for your house, sheds and outbuildings and that tools and equipment of significant value is covered.

Ensure you comply with your insurers minimum requirements, such as locking ATVs to ground anchors as otherwise your insurance may not pay out.

Make a note of the serial numbers of valuable tools and equipment, Mark them in someway either with a property marketing solution or by putting your postcode in a way that cannot be easily removed.

If you would like help or guidance regarding the security of your home then please do not hesitate to call Safe and Secure 24/7 Locksmiths and Security on 01686 640 869 or Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ for more security tips, or subscribe to our RSS feed for regular blog updates.

Safe and Secure 24/7 Locksmiths and Security are based in between Welshpool and Newtown in Powys and we cover,  Mid- Wales and Shropshire.  We are local Locksmiths, we can give expert security advice and undertake security upgrades and Alarm and CCTV installations.  Give us a call today for a friendly chat.

We are happy to undertake a security review for you or quote for upgrades, alarm systems, safes, CCTV etc.

 

 

 

10 Simple Things To Help Secure Your Home For Under £100

We were recently challenged to come up with 10 simple things to help secure your home for under £100.  At first it seemed an impossible task, however always up for a challenge we set out with shopping list in hand and were rather surprised myself to spend just £88.14 leaving £11.86 change out of the £100.

Security is like many things, on the whole you tend to get what you are prepared to pay for and sometimes cheap security offers little or no security or may let you down in some way just when it is needed, however with a little knowledge you needn’t pay the earth and most expensive is not always best.

We have assumed that you already have good sufficient locks on all of your ground floor doors.

Always read you insurance company’s minimum requirements for security (Usually they will require at least 5 lever British Standard lock or equivalent on the final exit point for example)

You may not be aware that if someone enters your house using a key, insurers may not pay out. It is always sound advice to change the locks when you move house so you can account for all of the keys.

The vast majority of residential burglaries are opportunist, what I mean by that is a burglar will walk along a street and look at the houses. Their aim is to get in and out as quickly and quietly as possible without being seen and therefore minimise the chance of being caught red handed.

This means that although there is no such thing as 100% security (and anyone that sells you that is wrong), every little thing that you add that will cause a burglar to make more noise, take more time or be more visual getting in will put them off. The chances are that if you have sufficient security they will in all likelihood burgle a house nearby that presents them less of a challenge.

With regards the items we have selected below, some are very good purchases that will do what they are meant to do but others may not to withstand the test of time and could let you down just when you need them therefore some examples below we would usually recommend something of better quality but our challenge was to find ten things for less than £100.

Our advice is to find a local trustworthy locksmith who will undertake a security survey for you. They will offer sound advice some of which you can undertake yourself and some are best left to a professional to undertake.

We have not used anything found on auction sites such as EBay as that might be dammed as cheating all of the products were found from normal retailers that are easily found.

There are many things that can be done at no cost whatsoever which I will cover in another blog in the near future.

Padlock and Hasp – Approx £11

There are a couple of issues with sheds; you probably don’t realize the total value of everything it contains if it were to be broken into and secondly it is likely to contain many tools and implements that an opportunist burglar could use to enter your home.

Motion sensor shed alarm – £6.73

The cheapest I could find on the internet.  Following on from the link above this will add an additional layer of protection to you shed or garage.  Noisy alarms will often cause the opportunist burglar to leave rather quickly.

Window locks – £7.29 

Window locks are not normally this cheap but I struck lucky and found some in a sale. Most insurers insist as part of minimum security requirements that you have window locks on all ground floor windows and any accessible from the ground floor outside. If you do not have these and you are burgled, even if the window was not a point of entry, if an insurance assessor comes out they may refuse the claim.

 Crimestoppers Property Protector – £19.99

One of my more expensive purchases but nevertheless worthwhile, this enables you to mark about 200 of your valued possessions with a unique coded fingerprint registered to you.  Property coming into possession of police is scanned using special scanners.  This means if items of value to you are marked there is a much greater chance of you being reunited with them if they are ever stolen.

Outdoor Motion detector light – £10.34

During the hours of darkness lighting can not only be a comfort factor for the occupant, it is an excellent deterrent for would be opportunist burglars who clearly do not want to be seen. Be sure to fit them out of reach so they cannot be tampered with and if they are bright halogen lights, not pointing directly at neighbors houses so as to cause a nuisance.

7 Day digital plug in timer – £7.33

During the hours of darkness at night time most opportunist burglars will move on to another premises rather than risk being caught where a home owner is indoors. Having one or two lights programmed to came on an off during the hours of darkness for instance the lounge during the evening followed by the bedroom a little later, can help to give the appearance that someone is at home,.  Some timers are able to vary the times slightly each day to increase the randomness a little.

Low Energy 15w Sensor Bulb – £10.34

If you have outdoor lights, these bulbs are not only energy saving, they automatically come on at dusk and go off at dawn so you don’t have to remember to switch them on and off all of the time.  They will always come on at dusk and go off at dawn whether you are home or away.  The light in itself can be a deterrent during darkness and the fact that they always come on at night makes it harder for a would be opportunist burglar to determine whether you are home or not.

Hawthorn Shrub – £1.29  

Preventing unwanted visitors entering your property is what one needs to achieve, but nobody wants their home looking like a prison surrounded by high walls and barbed wire, and that is not necessary. Mother nature provides an environmentally friendly, attractive and particularly effective alternative – the prickly bush.

Pricky plants make very effective deterrent hedges. Don’t go for height particularly at the front of the house as this could hide unwanted visitors on your property from sight.  A high hedge can be great for an opportunist theft as they are confident of not being seen while they are up to no good.

Suitable plants can also be positioned strategically in order to deter people climbing drainpipes or to protect vulnerable (e.g. ground floor) windows. Prickly plants act as a psychological and physical barrier intended to make your property a less suitable target to the opportunistic thief.

 Draper Hand operated Shredder – £6.84

Identity fraud has been well publicised in theUKand appears to still be growing.  I am extremely careful with my banking documents and just today have discovered someone has correctly entered all of my credit card details to make a purchase from a Chinese website.  Putting any financial or personal documents into the waste un-shredded is just inviting potential problems, therefore a shredder is on my absolute must list.

Basic Magnetic door/window alarm – 6.99

This very basic magnetic alarm can be fitted to doors or windows that may be vulnerable and has it’s own inbuilt siren when the contact is broken.  These devices might be a good idea to take on holiday if you are at all worried about hotel or villa security as they can be fixed in seconds with double sided tape.

 

What makes us different?

What makes us Different from many other Locksmith and Security Companies 

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1. Darrell the owner is a retired police officer with over 30 years experience in preventing and reducing crime.

What makes us different from many other locksmith and security companies?   Many companies offer security advice and surveys but what qualifications has the person undertaking the survey?  Darrell from Safe and Secure 24/7 Locksmiths & Security has overseen literally tens of thousands of crime investigations from shoplifting through to homicide and has vast experience in crime and harm reduction. Darrell knows how criminals think and what might make your commercial or domestic property vulnerable. You also know you can have total trust in us knowing that your confidentiality will remain as such.

2. We are a truly local business 

We are passionate about providing a service that you will be totally happy with and recommend us to your friends and colleagues alike; if you are not entirely happy then neither are we.

There are many companies that appear to be local they may even have local phone numbers but BEWARE THEY MAY NOT BE and some of their prices can be considerably more than double that of a local company.  Just last week one of our customers was locked out just before midnight, they were quoted £450 plus VAT.  Our charge on this occasion was £95  and NO VAT PAYABLE

Always ask as many questions as you need to, to establish whether a company is local and don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions about cost.

3.  No VAT Payable

We are a genuine small family run local company, we do not charge VAT

4. We are not tied to any supplier 

Our advice is totally unbiased and we are able to supply any type of lock, CCTV, alarm or other security device. There may be good reason for preferring a particular product but we will always happily explain fully why this is so.

5. We will always explain what we are doing and why

We won’t just turn up and drill your lock with no explanation.  If you are locked out, we will always try a range of non-destructive techniques.

We will always provide you a range of choices, and we will fully explain each step together with any advantages disadvantages including costs.

IF YOU HAVE ANY SECURITY PROBLEM OR ARE AT ALL CONCERNED ABOUT ANY SECURITY VULNERABILITIES 

We will work with you to resolve those problems or give you confidence in your domestic or commercial security and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

IF YOU ARE LOCKED OUT OR HAVE ANY LOCK RELATED ISSUES

We will attend 24/7, get you in if necessary and resolve the problem.

IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT CCTV OR AN ALARM SYSTEM

We will undertake a survey discuss your needs and design a system that you can have confidence in, our systems span all price ranges from self-install through to complete installation or something in between.

For a fast friendly and reliable service give us a call on 01686 640 869,  email via the contact form at: – http://www.safeandsecure247.co.uk/contacts

Or Visit the website at http://www.safeandsecure247.co.uk

10 reasons why home alarm companies suck

We came across this blog about why a lot of home alarm companies such at http://www.homealarmmonitoring.org/year/10-reasons-most-home-alarm-companies-suck/

We are glad to say that not one of the ten reasons apply to Safe and Secure 24/7 Locksmiths & Security but would be happy to dicuss this further via the blog or in person

Consumer reporting websites and social networking feeds alike are rife with complaints from homeowners regarding their home security company. From incompetent technicians to poor customer service policies, there are no shortage of issues for most clients to choose from. Here are ten of the reasons why the bulk of home alarm companies absolutely suck.

  1. Lengthy Contract Terms – Customers are often surprised to find that the terms of their contract stipulate up to five years of service; as web and telephone-based sales become more common than meeting an agent, “electronic signatures” take the place of physically signed contracts, and many telemarketers neglect to disclose the things that would be in the fine print.
  2. Harassing Sales Calls – Choosing not to renew a contract or even opting to go with another company after shopping around can open homeowners up to months of calls from persistent salespeople.
  3. Proprietary Equipment – After incurring the expense of purchase and installation, most people understandably assume that their system belongs to them and can be used as they see fit. However, systems are almost always proprietary, or “locked out” from use by other companies.
  4. Billing Tactics – Reported instances of continued automatic billing after the cancellation of an account are, unfortunately, relatively common. Some customers have had to go so far as closing the bank account or credit card attached to the security account to put a stop to unauthorized billing.
  5. Misleading Sales Spiels – Another common problem encountered by homeowners is the misleading sales pitch from home alarm companies; what begins as a free installation and free system quickly snowballs into hundreds or even thousands of dollars in start-up fees, with unappealing aspects of the contract swept under the rug.
  6. Automatic Renewal of Complicated Contracts – Contracts with a home security company can be exceedingly complicated; as an added bonus, many companies institute an automatic update policy so that customers are enrolled in another term of service without ever being informed.
  7. Monitoring Problems – The sole reason for installing a security system and paying annual fees is to provide homeowners with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they’re protected from misfortune; still, it’s not uncommon to find out that systems have gone unmonitored or disturbances were not reported by the alarm company.
  8. Lackluster Technicians – One service call can quickly turn into a handful, which is no picnic when appointments are scheduled so broadly. “Morning” or “afternoon” windows create the necessity for a half-day’s cleared schedule.
  9. Faulty Equipment – In addition to having a reputation for shoddy workmanship from technicians, many home monitoring companies have come under fire for the sub-par equipment they provide at a premium price.
  10. Poor Customer Service – The single biggest compliant about most home alarm companies is that their customer service is completely incompetent or unfriendly. On some consumer reporting sites, clients even give each other the inside track on helpful employees, sharing extension numbers for the few people who make an effort to resolve issues.

While certainly not indicative of all security service providers, these complaints are common enough to be considered problematic within many. Careful research before deciding on a company is the best way to protect yourself from the people who are supposed to be protecting your home.