Military technology now available for discreet perimeter protection

We were impressed by a recent demo we watched from the Sentinor team recently.

One of their areas of speciality is outdoor perimeter security and protecting properties, assets, land and livestock from theft and poaching. They have been called in to aid the likes of nature reserves, equestrian centres, farmland as well as high value property.

With a background in protecting the armed forces in covert operations, many of the Sentinor products are highly discreet but are gaining the interest of businesses and property owners keen to protect their property and livestock.

One in particular caught our eye – their Cobweb product range is a quick to deploy, unobtrusive perimeter protection system for short-term requirements such as festivals, events or to protect life stock when put out to pasture.

It comprises a transmitter which is armed with a discreet Break-Wire ‘Spool’. This is extended around the perimeter of the site and any break in the wire immediately activates an alert. The sensors in the system are resilient and undetectable by any known electronic means.

The transmitter can provide GPS location of the break and tracking. It also has a tamper alarm, radio signal strength indicator and power information.

As Cobweb products were originally designed for military use, they are able to be used in a variety of environments including forests, woods, urban areas, areas covered by snow and even deserts.

If you would like to find out more about Sentinor perimeter protection for your property or land, please contact Andy on 01483 791500.

Helping preserve heritage and listed properties

One of the security issues we like to solve for owners of heritage and listed properties is how to harness the benefits of modern security technology, without affecting the historic features of their property.

A recent example touched on just this requirement at a sizeable National Trust property in Kent.

We were asked to upgrade the existing fire detection system across the site, to give more precise information about the exact location of a fire in an alert. The importance of such precise pinpointing of a fire’s location in a heritage/listed property has been emphasised all the more by the recent fire at Clandon Park.

For those with a technical knowledge of fire detection systems, this project meant moving from a conventional fire detection system to an addressable one. But with this requirement there was a need for minimum wiring and disruption to the fabric of the building during the system’s installation.

The new system we designed and installed did indeed enable the Trust to gain a more intelligent fire detection system at this site. It was designed to quickly give vital and highly precise diagnostics to support a prompt evacuation of the affected area and alert the emergency services to the exact location of the fire.

At the same time we were also able to minimise any additional cabling and disruption to the heritage building and its features by creating an addressable loop in the site’s fire detection system.

To find out more contact Andy Rees on tel 01483 791500

New LED Security Lights Save Electricity Bills

A long awaited development has just arrived for security lighting. It’s the availability of LED lights which run on significantly less electricity than traditional bulbs. With the darker nights many home and business owners can now protect and improve their property without clocking up a large electricity bill.

Security lighting is a great deterrent to intruders. It’s also popular for convenience issues – such as helping light the way around your property when you put the bins out at night or arrive back late from work.

LED bulbs last longer (between 5 and 10 years compared to traditional bulbs which on average last less than a year).

Let’s take a look at savings in a typical example…

Traditional security lighting (based on a property with 6 lights) could total up running costs of £624 per year if you factor in electricity used, replacing the bulbs and the cost of bringing out an installer to undertake replacements.

LED lighting in the same property gives running costs of just £24 per year (electricity). With their longer lifespan, the bulbs don’t need to be replaced so frequently. When you factor in the cost of the new LED security lighting it is estimated that, given the savings made, the systems start paying for themselves in the first 2-3 years. The reliability of the LEDs bulbs are also proving very popular.

If you’d like to discuss switching to greener, LED security lighting, contact Andy or call them on 01483 791 500.

Corporate Integrated Security Systems

Should you go for a monitored alarm system… or not?

We’re often asked by customers whether they should sign up to a monitored alarm system – or not. Remote monitoring enables an immediate response if your burglar alarm, fire alarm or CCTV system generates an alert.

Whilst alarms and CCTV systems offer a good deterrent to intruders, if no one is able to respond to their alerts their effectiveness in protecting your property and possessions can be undermined. For the unfamiliar, remote monitoring links your alarm or CCTV system to a remote monitoring station via your phone line and the mobile network. In the event of your alarm being activated this station immediately notifies your nominated key holders and, if appropriate, the emergency services.

But do you really need to build that added level of protection into your security system? Here are three simple questions that we recommend customers consider when deciding whether to remote monitor or not.

1. What is the value of my possessions and assets that are being protected?
If your possessions are highly valuable or hold tremendous sentimental value then a remote monitoring system will bring that added protection you need.

2. What’s my lifestyle pattern?
If you are away from the property fairly frequently, or your pattern of being in and out of it is very regular (so a burglar on reconnaissance can identify when to break in), then remote monitoring makes more sense. If you’re at the property most of the time, then remote monitoring might not be so essential.

3. My property’s location
If your property has plenty of neighbours, who are happy to respond if your alarm goes off, then remote monitoring need not be high on your agenda. If you are lucky to have good neighbours talk to them about setting up a mini neighbourhood watch and supporting each other’s security arrangements. On the other hand if your property is isolated or you can’t draw on the help and support of your neighbours, then remote monitoring will give you the additional back-up you need.

For more information about remote monitoring services, contact our sales team on tel 01483 791500.

Fire protecting heritage buildings

As members of the Fire Industry Association we regularly receive news and guidance on the latest fire prevention techniques.

A recent article about fire protection for Heritage Properties makes a number of very valuable points and so we wanted to share it with you.

See:

Fire Protection in Britain’s Heritage Properties by Graham Simons

Preventing fires in heritage and listed properties, such as the devasting one at Clandon Park, is a major concern not just for their owners but also for the wider community. Often these properties represent irreplaceable and valuable links to the past and as a result need careful protection.

In the past we have talked about the need to balance protection with a sensitivity to the aesthetics of a heritage building. You might be interested in these posts we’ve written:

Helping preserve heritage and listed properties

Security tips for listed and heritage properties

For more information and advice about protecting your listed or heritage building please contact Andy Rees and the sales team on tel. 01483 791500

Now where did I leave my passport?

It’s great to see the spring blossoming into early summer and feel some much needed warmth from the sunshine we’ve been having of late.

For many people thoughts will turn to holidays and, as they prepare to jet off, the annual hunt for the passport (and other important travel documents) will get underway.

Over the years, we have helped many customers avoid this annual hassle and ordeal by installing a safe at their property. Not only is it an ideal place to store your valuables whilst you are away, but when you are at home it’s perfect for keeping all your important documentation in one safe and secure location.

For more information about our range of safes, please contact the Sales Team on 01483 791500.

Corporate Integrated Security Systems

Which monitored alarm system should you choose?

We are often asked by customers whether they should opt for alarm systems which are monitored. The answer to this very much depends on each customer’s situation. A while back we shared three simple questions that we recommend customers consider when deciding whether to include monitoring or not.

A recent case, however, has highlighted the importance of the type of monitoring you select in your system. There are differences in monitoring functionality and it’s helpful to be aware of these when selecting the right protection for your property.

More resilient monitored systems
Recently, we learned of two sizeable properties in an affluent area in Surrey who were targeted by professional thieves. In an attempt to burgle the properties, the thieves cut the properties’ phone lines and ripped off the alarm sirens.

Monitored alarm systems rely on the phone line in a property to function properly and by cutting them, the thieves had hoped to disable the alarm.

The property owners of these homes had, however, both invested in a dual path remote monitoring system which had the capability to alert any technical faults or irregular events in the system. The thieves sabotage of the phone lines and alarm sirens were immediately reported to the central monitoring team and, because the systems also had ‘police calling capacity’ enabled, the Police were alerted straight away.

Not all monitored alarm systems on the market have dual path technology, which means if the system is tampered with by an intruder it won’t be picked up by the monitoring team.

Police response to tackle an intruder
You also have to think very carefully about what you want to happen if an alert is activated with your system. Some of our competitors’ monitored alarm offerings simply notify one of your chosen ‘keyholders’ if they have detected the alarm being activated. If, however, an intruder is present in the property, you may be putting your keyholder’s personal safety at risk. It may instead be better for you to select a monitored alarm system which alerts the Police instead.

Affordability
Alarm system monitoring has brought greater peace of mind to many of our customers when. It is an affordable added level of protection for their property which many are happy to invest in. Monitoring prices start from £20 per month.

For more information about a monitored alarm system in relation to your property, contact our sales team on tel 01483 791500.

Beach hut and shed security

Earlier in the spring, you may have read in the news that a number of beach huts had been targeted by burglars and vandals.

We’re often asked if beach huts and other ‘outdoor rooms’, such as home offices, workshops and sheds can be protected with burglar alarms.  The answer is usually yes if there is some form of basic electrical supply to the building.

With many beach huts now making use of solar electricity panels, this means a basic wireless alarm system is possible. These security systems do not require a phone-line in order to function – if the alarm is activated their SMS transmitter sends a text message to your phone.  The system will, however, need a continuous source of electricity in order to function effectively – ideally at least 1 Amp at 230 Volts.

For more information contact Andy and the sales team on tel 01483 791500.

Did your emergency lighting work in the power cuts?

Emergency lighting is the lighting with an alternative power source that comes on automatically when a building experiences a power outage or some disruption to its normal power supply.  In the case of a fire on the premises, it can be crucial in ensuring a safe evacuation.

During the recent extreme weather conditions and power outages a number of organisations found their emergency lighting failed to perform effectively.

If your emergency lighting system was amongst these, please do get in touch. We are trained and highly experienced in BS5266 part 8: 2004 and all facets of emergency lighting design, installation, servicing and maintenance.

Remember, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 article 17, the owner or occupier of a non-domestic building is responsible for ensuring all emergency lighting on the premises is maintained to an efficient working order and is in good repair.

With more extreme weather forecast, if your emergency lighting needs a service or isn’t performing as it should please call us on tel 01483 791500 or email The Sales Team at Absolute Security.

 

Warning about alarm systems using premium-rate phone numbers

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser recently ran an article warning pub owners and licensees with fire and security alarm systems to check their phone bills in case they are being charged premium rates. The warning comes after a Surrey licensee discovered he had forked out more than £3000 for premium rate phone calls over the past four years.

This is sadly quite a common practice with a number of security system suppliers and, as well as pubs, many other businesses and organisations are affected too. The digital communicators within their alarm systems are programmed to dial premium rate numbers. This could involve 1 daily test call and a call every time the system is set or switched off. Assuming 3 calls per day at say 20p per call, that equates to £219 pa! This is in addition to the annual monitoring charge of typically about £100 pa. Unfortunately the call charges are not transparent and most customers are unaware of how much they are paying. This generates undisclosed additional profit to the company.

Saying that, not all systems operate in this way and it pays to shop around. We offer systems whose digital communications use Dualcom digi plus and its calls are completely free within the monitoring tariff. If you have friends or contacts who may be affected by alarm systems using premium-rate phone numbers, do encourage them to check with their supplier about all the on-going costs involved. Alternatively ask them to contact us on tel. 01483 791500 about potential cost savings they could be making.