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Alarms

ALARMS

It has been a while since we have blogged about alarms.  We are still of the firm belief that as a layer of security, a decent alarm system not only offers you peace of mind but also does make your premises less likely to be subject of a burglary.

Since we last blogged, we have installed many more systems far and wide we have systems as far North as Baschurch in Shropshire and as far East as Much Wenlock, Shropshire.  We also have commercial and domestic systems in Shrewsbury, Newtown, Powys, Welshpool, Powys and all places in between.  Every one of our customers are totally satisfied with their systems.  Not one of our customers to our knowledge has been subject to a burglary or attempted burglary since having an alarm system installed.

The systems that we recommend are extremely reliable, false alarms are very rare and thankfully faults and problems just as rare and usually easily resolved.

All of our systems are bespoke design using a vast range of detectors available to enable you to integrate the security around your use of the building and available budget.

If you choose to have a system connected to the internet, not only does it allow you to receive push notifications to most mobile phones and tablets of alarms and any other issues.  It also allows you to set and unset the system and check the detectors from anywhere in the world offering extra reassurance.  Furthermore it allows us remote access to undertake many maintenance functions, if we are able to resolve an issue remotely, rather than having to come out, currently we make no charge for this service.

In addition to burglary prevention and detection, our alarm systems offer various “panic” facilities that can be operated in or around the outside of the premises.  Additionally you can add bespoke safety detectors as you wish for smoke, heat and smoke, flood, carbon monoxide.

Over the past year, we have also been putting some outdoor intruder detectors through their paces these are able to detect intruders outside a premises and/or send pictures to you of what caused them to activate.  In the past year through many extreme weather and light conditions, swaying plants and trees in the wind and passing animals, we’ve not had a single false alarm and the system has activated 100% of times when the zone has been entered by a person.

The outdoor detectors are absolutely ideal for secure or any other outdoor areas where nobody should be present during certain hours  or where you require notification if not a full alarm when somebody is present there.

There are many other ways our systems can be used for example to oversee an elderly or vulnerable person, as a hotel or B&B wishing to monitor rooms for customers breaking no-smoking rules.

If you are considering an alarm system, feel free to peruse our main website or new and expanding alarm websites below for more information or cal us any time for general advice or a free quote.

http://www.safeandsecure247.co.uk/wireless-alarms-cctv/wireless-intruder-alarms.html

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This Week

No matter how remote you are when you need our help, we will always try our best to get to you. This week our locksmith services were needed in the mountains above Llanidloes, Powys.

Places we cover

We regularly undertake work in Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Oswestry. We also work throughout Mid Wales and Shropshire in and around many smaller towns and villages such as Guilsfield, Abermule, Caersws, Middletown, Halfway House, Bishops Castle, Llanfair Caereinion, and all places in between.

If you need a locksmith, have any security or lock related issue or are considering installing an alarm system or CCTV, give us a call.

Feel free to browse our websites for more information and customer testimonials.

Our main website

Our new Alarms website

Alarming an Outdoor Area

ALARMING AN OUTDOOR AREA

Over the past few years we have tried alarming outdoor areas with a number of different types of alarm and alert system.  Many of these were inexpensive and the main problem was always far too many false alarms particularly at dawn when the birds became active.

Over the past month we have been trialling this new system which offers a whole new level of reliability if properly installed.

DETECTORS

This particular detector is an outdoor PIR detector packed with tech to help minimise false alarms, this one also has a camera that when it detects movement, takes a short video burst of whatever activated it which can be viewed remotely from anywhere in the world via its accompanying app.

The detector above is a slightly cheaper version of the first one, it has identical tech but just doesn’t have a camera.

In the month we have been putting this system through its paces, it hasn’t given a single false alarm but has reliably detected each test scenario we put it through.

These detectors don’t require a power source as they have a long life battery, they are tamper resistant and will detect and notify all forms of physical tampering including attempts to mask them.

These detectors can be included as part of our bespoke comprehensive internal alarm system as additional detours on the system covering the interior of your premises or they can be installed as a standalone independent outdoor system.

These are ideal for external parts of commercial premises, such as garden centres, secured car parks or to protect particular valuable assets outside any domestic or commercial premises such as overnight protection of your vehicles.  They are also ideally suited to outbuildings where they should minimise false alarms caused by animals.

We can also add magnetic sensors for external doors or gates into these systems.

NOTIFICATIONS

Detections can be handled in a number of flexible ways, the system can dial up to four mobile or landline numbers via traditional phone line or mobile GSM network of your choice.  It can be linked to professional 24 hour alarm monitoring services (currently offered free for the first year).  If connected via a broadband router, it can also be monitored and controlled and send notifications via an app on our phone or tablet.

For more information give us a call or visit our website at www.alarms.safeandsecure247.co.uk

Have a look also at the alarms page of our main website www.safeandsecure247.co.uk

What would an Alarm System do for You?

What Would and Alarm System do for You?

In addition to providing peace of mind, a good alarm system will add a valuable extra layer of security making you less likely to become a vicim of burglary.

It will provide immediate notification and on site noise deterrent if the worst were to happen.  Additionally it may help minimise damage from smoke, fire, gas, flood etc by providing early notification of such emergencies.

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We are not into scaremongering for the sake of making a sale but the following scenario does often happen.

Imagine you’ve just come home from a long day at work, or equally a quick trip to the shops.  Everything seems normal on the outside,  and then you open the front door.

Your stomach drops as you try to take in what you can see all around you: The patio door glass smashed, mess and the contents of drawers scattered all over the floor, cupboards all open, gaps where the TV and Hi Fi used to be.

Equally the same scene could confront you any day when you arrive to open your business.

This will be the event that spurs many people into getting an alarm system installed.

Alarm Systems

Choosing the alarm that is right for your home/business and your budget is no easy task – there are so many different systems and options within systems available and it is a world filled with jargon.

Our alarm systems are easy to operate and individually designed around your needs and budget and we recommend systems that we trust not to let you down they can be very simple with just an audible bell box right through to advanced commercial systems calling professional monitoring.

We have no doubt that an alarm system adds a layer of protection that makes it less likely you will be the victim of burglary.

With our alarms you can also add many other safety detectors for example smoke detectors.  If you were to suffer a fire in your absence, rather than rely on a neighbour or passer by to notice and call the fire service, the alarm will notify you or a professional monitoring service (your choice) as soon as it detects, smoke, water, gas etc

The alarm will provide peace of mind during your absence with a live feed to an app on your phone or tablet device.  The two pictures below show an app that you can have on your phone and from anywhere in the world, you can check that your alarm is set, you can unset and re-set it should you need to and check that each of your detectors is working properly.

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We have installed many alarms systems including wireless alarms in Shrewsbury and locally in Welshpool and Newtown and other towns and villages throughout Mid Wales and Shropshire.

We have installed many domestic systems and also commercial alarms, including a Jewellers shop in Shrewsbury Town Centre and a Computer Shop in Newtown, Powys.  Here is what a few of our customers say:

alarms.safeandsecure247.co.uk/testimonials

WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT TO OTHER COMPANIES?

We consider that we are different to many other companies read here to see why:  http://www.safeandsecure247.co.uk/blog/what-makes-us-different/

NEW WEBSITE please contact us or visit our new alarms website at alarms.safeandsecure247.co.uk for more information

Why It’s Important that All Your Ground Floor Windows Can Be Locked

Why Being Able to Lock Ground Floor Windows is Important

You may not realise why it’s important that all ground floor and easily accessible windows can be locked.

Apart from the added security of course, most insurers, domestic and commercial insist upon it as a minimum condition of your insurance.

This means in the event of a burglary,  no matter how they gained entry to your premises, if you are unable to demonstrate that your windows lock, your insurer may refuse to pay out as you have not met their insurance minimum security requirements.

If you have no locks at all, we can supply them for all window types.  If you have locks but have lost the keys, we can usually replace them same day.  If you have broken locks or locking handles we can replace them too.

If you are unsure whether your premises meet the minimum security standards set by your insurer will will gladly undertake a security survey that will include checking against insurer requirements.

If you live in the Shrewsbury / Shropshire area you might find our piece here of interest – Shrewsbury Burglary Statistics

If you are interesting in finding out more about suitable door and window locks take a look at our locks for the home page.

Take a look at our website for more details http://www.safeandsecure247.co.uk/services.html

Locking Window Handle
Locking Window Handle

Lock Snapping Fact or Hype?

LOCK SNAPPING, is it Fact or Hype?

We are aware that lock cylinder snapping has become an issue within the areas we cover over the last couple of months when it never used to be a real issue locally so we have reviewed this blog for anyone that may be concerned.

Please be assured that we never seek to scaremonger for the sake of making sales, this blog is intended to just present the facts to enable you to make better informed decisions.

There has been lots of media attention about lock snapping over recent months, is it fact or mere hype?  I have decided to try and set out the facts and give some advice to those who may be vulnerable.

Typical euro profile cylinder
Typical euro profile cylinder

 

This in the main applies to euro profile cylinders as shown.  These are usually found on UPVC and composite doors although can be used in mortice locks on timber doors.

 

SO WHAT IS THE ISSUE AND HOW VULNERABLE ARE YOU?

The original design of these cylinders means that most of them have an inherent weakness enabling the possibility of them being quickly snapped and pulled out of your door. This enables enables a burglar to open the door in very short time.  In my experience,  the vast majority of doors locally are fitted with the most basic types of cylinder which can be vulnerable.

In order to snap a cylinder, a potential burglar has to be able to grip the cylinder end with an implement or tool, so if your cylinder is protruding beyond a few millimeters,  it could be vulnerable,  the best fitted cylinder will always be flush (or within a couple of mm) with the external handle face plate.

If your cylinder is flush or as near as damn it to the face plate that is a good start and makes life a little more difficult for the potential burglar, however you are not out of the woods because many handle sets can be easily broken of the door, exposing your cylinder and making it easy to snap.

ANTI-SNAP CYLINDERS

We stock, a range of  anti-snap cylinders.  If anyone attempts to snap these cylinders they will snap at a sacrificial  point making unauthorised entry extremely difficult for anyone other than a trained locksmith.

When you return to the property with a key however, you will be still be able to open the door easily with your key.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR DOOR MORE SECURE

As I have highlighted there are two potential areas of weakness, the cylinder itself and the handle set.  I would always advise that to get the best advice you ought to consult your local locksmith as this is a developing area with many new products coming onto the market.

A good locksmith can also offer other services that you cannot achieve elsewhere for example if you are going to upgrade your lock cylinders anyway wouldn’t it be good to have just 1 key to fit all of your locks rather than a big bunch? If you are a landlord, bed and breakfast or other establishment that temporarily give out keys, you could have patented restricted profile cylinders and padlocks that prevent the person to whom you have issued a key from getting a copy cut meaning you have much better security control.

Fell free to visit our Safe and Secure 24/7 Website for more information and see what our customers say