Lone workers and security arrangements

Any business with lone workers needs to have procedures in place to protect employee health and safety. This is especially important if the job role requires any potentially risky tasks, such as using a ladder, using power tools or working with livestock. Even without these additional risks, there is a safety consideration for lone workers… Read more »

Are you getting the best monitoring service?

Many customers of the now defunct Force3 security company have sought out alternative monitoring contracts for their security devices, after the news broke that their monitoring provider would no longer be supporting their client base. Finding a reliable monitoring provider is never an easy task to undertake and it is made harder by the short… Read more »

Security for rental properties – what can I do?

Rental properties are more likely to be targeted by burglars than owner-occupied homes, and this is largely due to the fact that neither landlord nor tenant has much of an incentive to invest in security beyond the basics of insurance approved door and window locks. Security lighting may have been installed, but generally speaking burglar… Read more »

Are dogs really good for home protection?

A survey of ex-offenders carried out by Co-op Insurance found that the second best deterrent for burglars looking to enter a home was the sound of a dog barking. Anyone with pets knows that it’s often the smaller dogs that make the most noise, and given that it’s the noise that puts thieves off any… Read more »

A brief history of crime and punishment

Since the start of human history theft has been a problem in society, from stealing food, clothes or other assets in ancient civilisations to the sophisticated cyber-fraud that happens today; there will always be someone who wants what other people have, and who will stoop to any depth to obtain it. Today, most theft is… Read more »

Which Types of Crime are Most Prevalent in the Summer?

It’s well known that most types of crime increase in the summer. Studies from around the world have shown a positive correlation between the temperature and reports of crime, with a 1°C increase in temperature leading to a 1.3% increase in crime. Scientists have looked at the reasons for this increase and think that the… Read more »

Video doorbells – good idea or potential weakness?

Video doorbells are the latest home security trend and can be a valuable addition to your home if you are frequently away from home or have a lot of deliveries. The video doorbell could be considered to be a form of access control – similar set ups have existed for apartment blocks for years but… Read more »

How clean is your house?

No, we’re not sending Kim and Aggie round with a mop bucket! We’re talking about your burglar alarm bell box. You may well be wondering why having a clean bell box is important, after all, if you have sought a reputable supplier with NSI Gold Standard accreditation like us, you’re safe and secure – you… Read more »

What do I need from an access control system?

Many businesses put off spending the money on an access control system, believing they can make do with traditional keys and written security protocols that employees are expected to follow, but in reality we know that there will always be employees who break the rules. Having a lot of keys on a key-ring can lead… Read more »

False alarm!

The sound of a fire alarm is deliberately awful on the ears as it is designed to alert you to danger. The alarm sounding is meant to set off a chain of events including evacuating the premises, locating the fire and taking appropriate measures to contain or extinguish the flames, if it is safe for… Read more »