Landlords – Forget Changing The Locks

Owners and managers of apartment blocks face a particular challenge when it comes to security management.  In a standard apartment block there will be a key for the main front door, a key for the apartment door, and often a key for the back door or bin storage area.  When a tenant leaves and doesn’t… Read more »

CCTV Tips For Businesses

Covering your premises with a CCTV system is part and parcel of running a business.  Some people may want to cut corners and costs by eschewing a surveillance system, but if their premises is then vandalised or burgled they’ll wish they had some evidence of the perpetrators to hand over to the police.  A CCTV… Read more »

Bank Holiday Security

By the time we have the Easter long weekend and the May Bank Holidays we’ll be allowed to have small gatherings in our gardens, and what a welcome change that will be!  The evenings will be lighter, the smell of barbecue will be in the air and spirits will be lifted by spending time with… Read more »

West Midlands Crime Statistics – Winter 2020

We’re bringing you the next instalment in our regular round-up of the crime statistics from the West Midlands to keep you informed in the crime patterns we experience.  Knowing how prevalent a crime is, and whether rates are increasing or dropping over time can help you keep your home and business safe.  For example, if… Read more »

Burning The Candle

There’s no denying that a relaxing bath with some scented candles, or a romantic candlelit dinner for two are some of the small luxuries we can still treat ourselves to during lockdown.  However, if you’re not careful, what starts out as a romantic night in can quickly turn into the fire brigade being called out… Read more »

Re-Opening Your Office Soon?

We’ve endured months of working from home, and while some offices re-opened during the summer and autumn months last year, many have stayed closed throughout the pandemic due to infection spread concerns.  Maybe you tried to re-open, but weren’t sure how you could achieve this safely, or you found that too many people, eager to… Read more »

Monitored Alarm Services Benefits

As a homeowner you might wonder why you should spend money on a monitored alarm service when you can just go for a standard alarm system without the extra layer of protection.  It’s a reasonable question, after all we don’t spend money on serious purchases without thinking about what we’re actually getting, and no-one likes… Read more »

Love Thy Neighbour – Listen Out

We’re firm believers in the importance of intruder alarms for domestic properties.  Most insurance companies will discount your premium if you provide proof of an alarm system that is regularly maintained.  The presence of an alarm box acts as a powerful deterrent against burglars, who will often move on to an insecure property instead of… Read more »

I’ve Been Burgled, Will They Come Back?

If you’ve been burgled will they come back?  Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes.  One in six burglary victims were targeted again following the first burglary, and over 2/3 of those repeat crimes were at the same property.  These figures, from a confused.com survey of people who had experienced a break in and contacted their… Read more »

I Have A Fire Officer – Who Else Needs To Know About Our Fire Safety?

Your fire safety obligations as a business owner need to be taken seriously.  Any business with more than 5 employees must keep a written record of their fire safety risk assessments, the steps they need to take, proof that fire safety equipment has been inspected and maintained regularly and an evacuation plan for the building… Read more »