West Midlands Crime Statistics

The impact of lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions has seen a general decrease in crime this year, with April and May being two of the lowest crime months in many years.  If we look at the figures from summer into autumn we see that crime is starting to go up again, which is no surprise as… Read more »

Invest In Access Control

In these uncertain times businesses face a lot of upheaval and new regulations in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus.  The NHS contact tracing app is a form of access control, in that entry to a premise is contingent on providing contact details.  This data is then used to know who was present… Read more »

Is A Dog As Good As A Burglar Alarm?

A dog can be a great deterrent against burglars; a sign warning visitors that there is a dog on the premises is one part of creating a visual deterrent, and the sound of a dog barking is an audible deterrent.  A lot of people, including some burglars, are scared of big, barking dogs.  If there’s… Read more »

How Safe Are Your Fire Doors?

How many fire doors do you have in your home?  If you don’t know, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  When we think of fire doors we think about commercial properties because that’s where most of us see fire doors, if we even think of them at all.  It may surprise you to learn that fire… Read more »

Cheap Burglar Alarms Could Actually Compromise Your Home Security

Everyone loves a bargain, especially when it’s a good deal on something you actually want and need.  While we all like to save money where we can, this can be a dangerous habit to get into if this becomes your default position on all purchases.  Yes, a half price pair of jeans are the same… Read more »

Make Sure It’s A Happy New Year

New Year’s Eve 2020 is going to be a big departure from the normal celebration.  With large gatherings and events banned due to Covid-19, we’ll all be celebrating in our own homes.  There will only be a few of us celebrating in someone else’s home, and then you have to be with someone who is… Read more »

Fairytale of New Cameras

Christmas is a peak time for burglars, and with fewer homes vacant over the festive period this year it’s likely they’ll take bigger risks than in the past.  Occupation is one of the biggest deterrents there is, but when you pop out for a Boxing Day stroll with the family it’s the perfect time for… Read more »

Keep Elderly Relatives Safe From Covid Scams

Criminals use a range of tactics to commit theft.  When targeting the elderly or vulnerable, distraction burglaries are a common method.  Distraction burglaries are usually committed by two people, one to distract the homeowner and the other to steal items when the victim’s back is turned.  Access is gained under false pretences, often with stories… Read more »

It’s Time To Light The Fire… Safely

As the nights draw in those of us with log burners or open fireplaces are lighting up and getting cosy.  There’s something undeniably autumnal about the smell of wood smoke and it does lend a certain ambience to the living room, having a fire crackling away and throwing out heat.  We might also be lighting… Read more »

What To Do In The Event Of A Burglary

Becoming the victim of a burglary is on everyone’s nightmare list; we often see people who have been the victim of a crime and we have seen the lasting effect it can have – it’s more than just the loss of possessions.  People often report feeling unsafe in their homes, even after tightening up security,… Read more »