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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

http://alarms.safeandsecure247.co.uk

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

Another Customer Feeling Reassured

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Don’t wait until you have been a victim of burglary!

Todays customer in Baschurch just north of Shrewsbury is feeling reassured and is now less likely to become the victim of burglary than they were yesterday.

They can check this alarm system on their phone app even arm and disarm it from anywhere in the world. 

This system is monitored meaning that in the event of an activation 365 days a year, 24/7 a professional will deal with the activation on the owners behalf ensuring the correct response to the alarm activation.

It’s also possible to add safety detectors such as smoke, heat, Co2 etc so that issues such as smoke will be caught and responded to at the earliest opportunity in the owner’s absence.  

Clearly far better than standard smoke detectors that in your absence rely on someone hearing them and calling emergency services.

Whether you are considering installing the smallest domestic system through to large commercial systems, we can help. Give us a call or visit http://alarms.safeandsecure247.co.uk/

We are situated in Berriew, ideal for Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, North Powys and Shropshire.

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.

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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

 

Additional Features our Alarm Systems Can Offer

There are a number of additional features to our alarm systems that we’ll highlight over a couple of blogs.

If you have taken the trouble to fit smoke detectors in your house or commercial premises, thats excellent.  I have a number throughout my house wired to the mains and all connected together, great you might think.

What happens though if they are activated when you are out or away on holiday and they are not wired to a fire alarm system? Well I guess it has to be no option but fingers crossed that a neighbour might check out your premises if they happen to be around and if they have done that, hopefully would then call emergency services if they smell smoke.

If you have one of our alarm systems however and add compatible smoke detectors the outcome in the event of activation is very different:

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Depending how the system is set up, either you will know instantly via your mobile phone that one or more has activated allowing you to take immediate action, or if you invest a small amount in professional 24/7 monitoring services, they will be instantly notified and the fire service called.

Similarly in the case of Flood, Temperature fluctuation high or low, natural gas, carbon monoxide etc.

Our alarm systems are adaptable and not just excellent intruder alarm,  they offer complete protection. There is no longer any need to leave the protection of you home, commercial premises or other building to chance.

We regularly fit alarm systems throughout, Powys. Mid-Wales, Shrewsbury and Shropshire, give us a call any time to discuss a system to meet your needs or visit our website at

 

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

Adaptable Burglar Alarm Systems

Our favoured burglar/ intruder alarm systems are fully adaptable to meet your domestic or commercial security or other needs.

For example recently we installed an intruder alarm in Newtown, Powys where the owner of the house wanted the alarm to be fully operational at night but wanted to be able to get up and use the house normally without turning the alarm off or triggering it.

We achieved this with a combination of intruder detectors including the use of curtain PIRs which have a narrow band detection area meaning that doors and windows, loft hatches etc can be fully protected and alarmed whilst people are able to still use the premises.

More details can be found on our website at: http://www.safeandsecure247.co.uk/wireless-alarms-cctv.html

You can call us anytime to chat through your security or other needs and I’m confident we can design a quality reliable system to meet your specific needs and requirements,

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It’s Been a While

It’s been a while since our last blog but we are back!  Blogging is one of those things that you are never sure if anyone actually reads it and finds it useful or whether it just attracts all the really annoying spam.

Anyway, our blog is back in business, if anyone does read it and has a locksmith or security related topic you’d like us to blog about, then please contact us and let us know.

 

New Generation Visonic PowerG Range of Alarm Systems

We are now installing the new generation Visonic PowerG range of alarm systems which laughably is one of the best wireless systems currently on the market

These are suitable for domestic and commercial applications and come with a vast range of optional wireless detectors in addition to the extensive intruder options such as smoke, gas, Carbon monoxide, temperature high or low, flood.

For gadgety people, there is a neat LCD arming station option enabling users to swipe in and out with prox tags as well as oversea the system.

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This system can include silent alerts and non alarm chimes (driveway alert etc)

There are also outdoor and outbuilding suitable detectors.

There is an option of 365 24/7 professional monitoring otherwise the system can phone or text up to 4 numbers.

For more details call us for a chat or drop us an email.

http://www.visonic.com/Products/PowerG-Wireless-Property-Protection

Questions To Ask When You Phone A Locksmith

There are a few questions you ought to consider asking when you phone a locksmith;  Why? because it could save you lots of money and some locksmiths are simply better than others.

So,  questions you should ask when you phone a locksmith whether it is an emergency lock out or for some routine work.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

Ask for an estimate of how much the work will cost,  personally, I always give callers an estimate of how much any given job is likely to cost them and will if at all possible give either a fixed price or maximum cost;  always ask if any estimate quoted includes VAT.

I am surprised that the vast majority of people never ask about cost, don’t ever by too shy to ask because any reputable locksmith will provide an estimate based on the average time it takes to do a particular job.

Most locksmiths charge by the hour and will estimate how long the job is likely to take, if you are given the hourly rate check that if they run into a new hour whether they will charge the whole hour or just the actual time taken.

Depending on they type of job, they may in some circumstances be able to provide a fixed quote although this could work out slightly more costly than the hourly rate as it is necessary to allow for unknown variables that might lengthen the time taken.

Clearly any estimate is just that, based on a customers’s telephone description it is impossible to determine all the variables that could cause delay but when the locksmith is working on site they regularly update you, explaining any issues and also provide you options based on what they find to enable you to make properly informed decisions.

WHERE IS THE ACTUAL ATTENDING LOCKSMITH BASED?

There are many so called locksmiths that advertise National coverage.  Whilst I can’t comment on their actual coverage they do not cover all areas and some sub-contract to anyone they can get, others might travel large distance which of course adds to the costs. Many of these companies charge considerably more than your local reputable locksmith some considerably more.

If possible check out the website which should have the address from which the locksmith operates.

HOW WILL THEY GO ABOUT THE JOB

If you are telephoning a local reputable locksmith, you are likely to speak to the locksmith that will be attending, if this is not the case then ask to speak to them.  You don’t need to know the full technical details but they ought to be able to reassure you they are not going to just get the drill straight out and cause damage that might not be necessary.  Drilling locks is usually the last resort.

WHAT ASSOCIATIONS DOES THE LOCKSMITH BELONG TO

Anyone can become a locksmith with no training, whilst some very good locksmiths choose not to belong to any of the associations, you have to be wary of potential “cowboys” too.  There are a number of locksmith associations for example the Master Locksmiths Association which ensure a level of good workmanship and reasonable charges etc, check out the association webpages if you have time and the locksmith attending should have identification or certification proving their membership.

IS YOUR LOCKSMITH CRB CHECKED?

As previously stated, anyone can set up as a locksmith, and you are going to trust them with keys to your property, or safe etc etc, if they are CRB checked this ought to prove they have no previous criminal convictions for dishonesty, once agin they ought to be able to show you documentation ort certification proving the CRB check.

WHAT DO OTHER CUSTOMERS SAY

If you are able to do so, have a look at the website, and see if there are any customer testimonials.  (Be slightly wary because some unscrupulous individuals can just make these up)  Have a good look at the website to see if it seems genuine and that your locksmith is a member of the local community if possible

SECURITY ADVICE

Many local reputable locksmiths over time become security experts, some have other previous security expertise to add weight to that expertise an can offer other services for example free no obligation security surveys so that you can be made aware of any security vulnerabilities you may have.

You have to put a lot of of trust in any locksmith you employ so don’t be afraid to ask the necessary questions including price estimates to help build that trust.

If you don’t ask a few questions, you might end up paying far too much or having a door that looks like this:

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