The holiday season can raise a number of challenges in terms of holiday commercial security for UK companies as they juggle working hours to meet orders and cover holiday time away from their business.
Booked calendar holidays may mean that companies have to adjust their working hours to accommodate changes to their regular timetable by utilising less staff to cover more job roles or appointing staff members to take on greater responsibility. This may also mean employing new and seasonal staff to take on work which as a Directors, means understanding their employees strengths and weaknesses and building trusting relationships.
Finally for some businesses, the holiday season may also mean closing the business altogether for a number of days or weeks, especially if during the month of August it is quieter within their industry in terms of production.
With the summer season and school / college holidays in full motion, many couples, families and friends across the UK will be preparing for a well earned holiday in the UK or to travel abroad. In light of this, this August here at SGS Systems Ltd we are particularly focusing on social media security and the concerns it may raise in terms of security and the protection of your property whilst you are on holiday.
Whether you are an avid user of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snap Chat, to many UK users, Social Media is very much an ingrained part of our lives. We all enjoy sharing pictures and stories with friends about who we are hanging out with, where we are staying and visiting, or maybe showing off a latest purchase.
However, whilst many would think that there is no harm in sharing information, it is unfortunate that some thieves make a living out of researching these types of posts by scouring our internet for profiles to find clues which could be fruitful in aiding a burglary. This means that it is important to understand social media security and that whilst sharing your latest holiday snaps, photos like these can confirm that you are not at your home and so therefore your property is vacant. This could prove to provide enough information and a tempting opportunity to those who are seeking to carry out a burglary.
So what is the safest way to use social media this without compromising our social media security?
Don’t share the recognisable flight path image from home to your holiday destination. Immediately this informs everyone that you are off on your holidays.
Enjoy taking your holiday snaps but share them when you arrive back home, rather than whilst you are on holiday.
Sharing photos can help to build a profile as to where you live. Photos which feature your house door number, street sign or your vehicle number plate could implicate your social media security.
Don’t share photos of expensive jewellery, your new car or your latest TV purchase which could easily build up a profile as to what you own in the property and become a focus target for a burglary.
Finally, check your social media security settings and that you are only sharing photos and information with friends.
Inform a neighbor that you are going on holiday and ask them to keep an eye on your property whilst you are on holiday.
Our scale-able home security solution means that we can protect your home large or small. For more information with regards to our property security products and services, please speak to our home security team about a FREE review of your property or see our range of security options available on our website – sgssystems.com.
Don’t forget! If you have become the owner of a new property which has an existing alarm or no longer have the contact details for the maintenance contract of your installed burglar alarm, then SGS Systems Ltd can help. We not only install and maintain our own security systems but can also review and check your house burglar alarm, even if it has been originally installed by a different provider. To find out more, please contact our property security team today.
However, it is worth considering that you cannot always be certain that those individuals are who have gained access into the property, have made a legitimate entry neither that others living in the building, have the same respect for residence and their property as you do.
Just because you live in a gated community, does not mean that your property is completely safe and that you are immune from becoming the victim of a burglary. When living in a gated community, most multi-occupancy properties will have access-control security and intercom systems installed directly on the main access points in and out of the building and whilst criminal activity is some-what reduced and the annoyance of doorstep pests such as salesmen and cold-callers is reduced. Home security to individual properties is not always a priority within a gated community because owners presume that they are protected.
In a website article by the Metropolitan Police – How Safe is your flat. They offer a range of possibilities to keep your flat safe from ensuring that lighting is fully functional to accessing post via internal post boxes and re-iterate how important it is to keep communal doors closed and automatically locked whilst under no circumstances allowing stranger’s entrance.
If you lived in a gated community, you are obliged to secure your property
You have an obligation to ensure that yourself and your property is safe and secure at all times and so you may underestimate the fact that you are well within your contractual rights to install your own intruder alarm and 24/7 CCTV monitoring equipment to protect your own property within a multi-occupancy complex or building.
Holiday season is here! And with the warmer weather and the anticipation of schools and colleges breaking up for the summer term, making those holiday plans in July is always an exciting time of year.
Before you go away on your adventures it is worth making some plans for the security of your home, whilst you are away from the property. After all there is nothing more disheartening and demoralizing, than coming home from a really happy holiday to find out that whilst you were away, that your home was broken into and your most valuable possessions were stolen because your property was not protected.
Here at SGS System’s Ltd we have come up with a security top tip list to put your home on the right track and ensure that you have the best time on holiday, relaxing with the knowledge that your property is protected.
Security Top Tip List for keeping your home protected
Cancel your regular deliveries for milk, newspapers etc.
Let a neighbor know and ask if they can collect your post so that there isn’t a mountain of un-opened post visible.
Invest in some timer switches for lights and curtains. This will give the appearance that people are in and using the property.
If you are taking your car, then ask a neighbor to park on your drive from time to time.
Put away ladders and any other objects such a wheelie bins which could be used to climb on and gain access upstairs
If you have an intruder alarm – check that the current key holder’s details are up to date and that the security alarm is fully maintained. If not please contact SGS Systems Ltd, we are accredited to test and maintain all alarm security system including brands other than our own.
If you do not have an intruder alarm – it is worth considering an installation to protect your property. SGS System’s Ltd will offer a confidential review of your property to offer the very best and most suitable security options from intruder alarms to CCTV. Please contact our property security team for a home security review.
Finally, before you go on your holiday make sure that you lock all your doors and windows, room by room. Don’t forget garages, sheds and outbuildings too.
Happy Holidays, the team at SGS Systems Ltd hope that you have a lovely time this summer!
You may not have thought of it before, but where you store your wheelie bin could save your home from a burglary.
Recently a Wolverhampton home was the target of a robbery, when two thieves used a wheelie bin to climb up and gain access through an upstairs bathroom window. Cash, bank cards and phones were stolen from the property. PSCO Shaun Evans of West Midlands re-iterated the need to be aware in a recent article to Birminghammail.co.uk
"As has been demonstrated on this particular occasion, wheelie bins left outside residential properties can prove to be an effective climbing aid for any opportunist criminals who may be at large across the local area."
Reducing the risk of a burglary
Here at SGS Systems Ltd we are also urging residents to consider where they store their wheelie bins. As summer is upon us and the weather gets warmer, open windows become easy targets for a burglary. There isn’t anything more accessible for a thief, than positioning a moveable object such as a wheelie bin into a location, directly below a window. Wheelie bins are sturdy enough to stand on and are of a sufficient height to elevate a person up to a window. Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to think about where you store your wheelie bins, preferably as far away as possible from the property and even locked in a secure bin storage facility if at all possible.
Also, think about your windows and what to leave open during the warmer weather, especially if no one is at the property. Our advice to reduce the risk of a burglary, is to shut all windows so that you can leave your home completely secure. After all it is still better to have a hot house than none of your personal valuables.
During this month, 21st June the UK celebrated the longest day of the year, known as the summer solstice. This is recognised because it is the point in the calendar when the sun reaches both its highest and most northern point in the sky, marking the beginning of summer in the astronomical calendar for the Northern Hemisphere. Dating back to pagan times, farming communities have celebrated the solstice in recognition of their strong connection with the land and all of their hard work anticipated for a good harvest in the autumn.
Whilst the better weather and longer day light hours are imperative to farmers who can utilise the time to make the most of their working day, operating out in the fields and away from their main farm premises buildings can come at a cost to their livelihood. Longer working days means that equipment, belongings and supplies can be left in an unsecure and vulnerable situation for longer periods of time in unmonitored area throughout the day, which could be open to theft by unwanted intruders, giving rise to farm crime.
As NFU partners our security team provide protection against farm crime
Have you been the victim of a farm crime or looking to protect your property, livestock and equipment against farm crime?
SGS Systems Ltd is delighted to announce that as from the 1st May 2019, we have become Dedicated NFU Security Partners to the NFU (National Farmers Union). This means that NFU farmer members, NFU grower members and NFU staff can now approach us via the NFU supplier list, where they will be entitled to a 10% discounted offer for any security requirements including the supply and installation of security by our company SGS Systems Ltd.
With rural crime on the rise and the threat from outside intruders who are finding wider global sources to sell on stolen goods, the requirement to protect your livestock, property, equipment and machinery throughout the UK has never been so important.
As commercial security suppliers to the West Midlands regions, we support NFU members and associates throughout the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Herford and Worcestershire. To find out more about our NFU security partners information please see the NFU website – https://www.nfuonline.com/ or contact our property security team for more details.
This month we are focusing on holiday security. As May is one of the busiest month’s in the UK holiday calendar with two bank holiday weekends and the school half term, enjoying a well earned break from work and education to go out in the warmer weather or to enjoy a short break or holidays is often on the agenda for so many UK residents.
Whilst it is wonderful to make these plans, it is also worth thinking about how you will keep your home safe with holiday security, whilst you and your family are away from the property and so during this month of May, we are giving some tips on how to keep your property safe and be mindful of your security.
It is no secret that intruders are aware and can see when you are away from your home by picking up on obvious signs. When they are scouring your road or local area, they know what to look for and where holiday security maybe lacking. So what can you do to minimise the risks?
Double check that all doors and windows are locked before you leave. Also check your garages, sheds and outbuildings which can sometimes be overlooked during the haste of leaving the house.
Change your lights to a timer to give the appearancethat there is movement in the house. Timer light bulbs are now available on the market and offer a cost effective option which will screw into your normal light fitting.
Ask a neighbour to move your bins out for collection and then return them to the property. Unfortunately full and non-collected bins can offer a clear indication to prospective intruders that you are not around to organise.
We love our cars; they are an extension of our own selves. We enjoy the comfort that they provide; they are a status symbol and a reflection of our own personality. However, over the last 12 months, the UK has seen a significant rise in car theft, due to a lack in car security and increasing criminal activity, whereby they have sought to steel popular makes and models often worth thousands of pounds. These have included brands which can be easily sold on at a high value price.
In 2018 Car insurers paid out £1 million a day following a surge of vehicle thefts including keyless car crime. This totaled to £376 million, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
How can we deter car criminals and implement car security
Taking a few basic steps to protect your vehicle will help to deter criminals and keep your car safe. Here are just a few car security ideas from SGS Systems Ltd.
Lock your vehicle in a garage – This is one of the safest and most efficient methods of implenting car security and storing a vehicle securely. The vehicle is immediately out of view behind a locked door and the garage security can incorporate a garage alarm, plus Garage CCTV Security.
Install CCTV onto car ports and driveways – CCTV Security operates 24/7 which means that carports and driveways are continually monitored to capture any unscrupulous activity. Displaying clear signs that your premises is under surveillance could also help to deter intruders and improve your level of car security.
Don’t tell social media that you have a new car – Whilst you may be really proud of your new car, using social media to tell family and friends offers a wealth of information to potential vehicle thieves, who can scour your profile and easily locate the vehicle.
Check the manufacturer’s status and guidelines around keyless cars –Car security on keyless cars has under gone many updates during recent months. Ensure that you have the most up to date software and that your vehicle’s locking system has been thoroughly checked.
We are delighted to announce that our business SGS Systems Ltd has recently re-located from Pattingham to our new business address at: 81 Wergs Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV6 9BP.
Our new office creates a central point of contact. Locally we offer a prominent location for our customers to meet us, whilst further afield, we provide a central bases for our SGS Systems Ltd security engineers to have clear access to all major motorway routes across the UK.
Please be aware that our telephone number and email addresses remain the same and that we can still be contacted on 01902 700687 or please email your enquiry to: email@example.com
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