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Recent UK security incidents heighten need for CCTV Security UK

CCTV Security UKCCTV Security UK is essential in protecting our public spaces and transport services across Great Britiain.

Recently London Euston station in North London, came under attack on 29th August 2017 when an e-cigarette exploded in a bag, which was found in a bin at the station was thought to be a bomb.

Around 7.40pm Virgin trains blocked all lines due to a raised security alert.  The public were evacuated from the station and trains were halted whilst the police and the bomb squad surrounded the scene.

The tube trains could not stop at the station and the whole area was closed for over one hour. The British Transport Police later confirmed that “no one was hurt” and that “the incident is ongoing investigation”.

Earlier that same day at around 5.55pm, John Lennon Airport in Liverpool also raised a security alert when a suspicious package was discovered and the army bomb disposal team were called to the scene.  The public were evacuated from the airport and stationary planes we forced to hold passengers on board whilst the team made the area safe. Later a man was detained at the airport whilst experts investigated his equipment described as a “battery pack of unique appearance”.

CCTV security UK has never been so important to private companies and organisations who provide transport services and areas for public use.  As the UK continues to be on high alert due to several militant attacks throughout 2017 it is important that businesses stay protected for those who use their premises.

Is your business set up with CCTV Security UK?

If you are running a business that offers public services, then having continually monitored CCTV is essential to the welfare of staff and customers who use your premises. Whilst CCTV Security UK won’t prevent an attack, the information that it can record is crucial to capturing valuable evidence for police and security organisations as to how these attackers are operating and their location. 

If you are looking for a CCTV Security UK company to provide these services, here at SGS Systems Ltd we can help. Operating CCTV Security UK across Great Britain, we support individual site owners up to national companies from retail and warehouse to public buildings and transport services.  To find out how we can support your organisation with CCTV security UK, please contact our dedicated property security UK CCTV Security team today.

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Home Security Awareness that could prevent a house burglary!

home security awarenessGreat News! It seems that us Brits are taking heed of home security awareness, which has been given a lot of media attention over the recent summer months.

The latest research has found that we are now becoming a bit more savvier when it comes to protecting our homes whilst going on holiday.

Unfortunately for some, there is still the temptation to post to facebook personal details of where they are going abroad and how long they’ll be away for, the minute they rock up at the airport. For other individuals, they recognise the severity in sharing this type of personal information and are doing everything that they can to make it look like they are still at home. After all there is nothing worse than going away feeling worried about the security of your home when all you really want to do is relax and have a good time.

In a recent study carried out by Yale to over 2000 home owners, it found that we are actually getting up to some clever tactics when it comes to our home security awareness! By just carrying out a few of the below you could prevent your home from looking likes it is vacant, especially if potential burglars are scouring the area.

Home security awareness tactics have included:

  1. Leaving dirty dishes in the bowl
  2. Put lights on a timer
  3. Post messages as though you’re at home or that your house is occupied
  4. Allow the neighbours to park on the drive
  5. Ask the neighbour to put the bins out for bin day
  6. Put personal paperwork out of sight
  7. Hide jewellery
  8. Play barking dog sounds on a timer
  9. Ask a family member or friend to pick up your post
  10. Ask a family member or friend to open and close different curtains
  11. Save your holiday photos to post on social media, when you get back home
  12. Get an SGS Systems House Alarm installed to protect your home

Are you going on holiday soon and looking to improve the protection of your house?
Here at SGS Systems we provide home security systems for homeowners who are looking to effectively protect their property. For a FREE home security awareness review and information on our available SSAIB accredited security products which include installation and regular service agreements, please contact our professional property security team to find out how we can support you and your property.

 

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Obeying the Rules at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre

Inside the Merryhill Centre. Photograph sourced from https://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/
Inside the Merryhill Centre. Photograph sourced from https://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/
School holidays often draw younger people to the shopping centres as a means of ‘something to do’ on free days away from school, with the aspiration to spend holiday money on new clothes and gadgets or to meet up with friends.

Whilst this can be fun for the younger visitors, for the retail shop owners and security workers it sometimes involves further responsibility for the wellbeing of shopping centre customers. Keeping a close check on health and safety and ensuing that everyone is content by closely and regularly monitoring CCTV using retail security is just one way to do this.

The Merryhill Shopping Centre is a “leading retail and leisure destination in West Midlands” and draws in 2.1million customers each year with a 45minute drive catchment area of 2.8 million. It’s a great place to shop, eat and drink, with extraordinary leisure and entertainment facilities including the Odeon Cinema, Europe’s Highest Indoor Ropes Course, Mini Golf, Quest Adventure Centre and the Nerf Arena.

So did you know the Merryhill Shopping Centre has rules that customers should adhere too in order to keep the premises in check?

Here are just 10 of the rules listed in INTU’s Code of Conduct:

1 . Please always keep an eye on any children in your care.

2. Intimidating behaviour of any kind towards other visitors, our staff or our retailers is not acceptable.

3. No ball games, even if you are Lionel Messi!

4. Cycling, roller-blades, micro-scooters, skateboards and Heeley's are a no-no.

5.  No inappropriate use of customer lifts and escalators.

6. No throwing any object within the Centre (unless it's a smile).

7. Please no running on the malls.

8. There is a strict no smoking policy, and alcohol is only to be consumed on licensed premises.

9. Electronic cigarettes are also not permitted.

10. Any act of vandalism towards property belonging to us or our retailers will be dealt with accordingly and the local police informed.

Are you a retailer who is looking to obtain retail security to protect your store or maybe a warehouse owner who is looking protect your stock with warehouse security? Protecting individual business owners up to multiple retail outlet chains across the UK, here at SGS Systems we offer a diverse range of security services to suit individual business requirements, covering commercial alarm systems to CCTV security, for both internal and external surveillance whilst our most proficient fog / smoke security will protect designated premises areas where prominent protection against intruders is required.

To find out more about our retail security services, please contact our retail security and warehouse security sales enquiries today, for a free and confidential review of your business premises.

Who is looking at your holiday snaps on social media?

John Terry - 2009 taken from Wikepedia website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Terry
John Terry – 2009 taken from Wikepedia website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Terry
It was the new Aston Villa football icon and former Chelsea captain John Terry who was recently the subject of a calculated robbery at his UK Surrey property, when in February 2017 his home was burgled whilst he was on a skiing holiday in the French Alpes with his wife Toni.

The couple often post photos on social media including facebook, twitter and Instagram. Capturing images of their lavish lifestyle including holiday snaps from around the world and had also previously posted a photo of their beautifully gated Georgian Surrey home, which was formerly owned by golf star Colin Montgomerie.

Designer jewellery, designer handbags, rare signed copies of harry potter books and a trophy amounting to a substantial total of £600,000 were taken; all of which have never been found.

It is understood that the four burglars involved in the robbery, had possibly been tracking their home for some time and had been waiting for proof that John terry and his family were away on holiday before deciding to execute the robbery; in addition to other planned burglaries from high net worth home owners within the area. Subsequently all 4 burglars have since been jailed for a total of 27 years and 11 months by Kingston Crown Court.

John Terry’s experience must have been heart-breaking for himself, his family and his staff, however, this situation is not unusual as many of us have found ourselves guilty at some point for posting photos on social media whilst on holiday. In the moment of having such great fun and a memorable time it’s so easy to be tempted to share your experiences. The lesson here is wait until you get home and certainly don’t upload photos of the front of your house onto social media at any time. You don’t know who is tracking your pages and informing people that you’re on holiday could enable the safety of your home and possessions to become vulnerable.

Securing your home whilst you are on holiday is also key. Having a house burglar alarm installed and appointing designated key holders whilst you are away from the property will give you peace of mind that your home is fully protected. For further information about protecting your home whilst on holiday please contact our team today for a free confidential home security review, we provide house burglar alarms, CCTV security and fog / smoke security to property owners and those looking for high net worth home security to ensure that your house stays protected.

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Retail Security – Is your business safety up to scratch?

retail securityRetailers are being asked to check the condition of their commercial retail security and shoppers are urged to stay alert following recent theft incidents in retail shopping centres across the West Midlands & the UK.

In Primark Loughborough, a young girl was detained after CCTV recorded an incident where a shopper’s purse was stolen as she looked at clothes in the store. Whilst over in Kings Lyn, Norfolk, retailer store owners and managers have come together to work closely with Police as part of a new collaborative crack down on retail theft.

Here in the West Midlands a pregnant shoplifter, lashed out at a security guard in the Bullring, Birmingham last month, when she was caught for theft outside New Look. She has since been charged and banned from the centre for 12 months.

Retail Security is essential for the protection of customers, staff & stock

Having the right commercial security systerm in place is essential for the protection of retail stores, the goods they sell and for the wellbeing and safety of staff and customers who choose to enter their premises. By collaborating together to share information and experiences in relation to retail security, shopping centres and high streets across the West Midlands and the UK, can make improvements to operate as a safer place for everyone to access.

As UK accredited suppliers for only the most tested security equipment, SGS Systems Ltd provide confidential retail security reviews to business who are looking to make improvements to their security in order to operate safely.  Supporting individual units, up to large retail chains, we install and maintain all types of commercial security from wired and wireless burglar alarms for commercial properties, round-the-clock CCTV surveillance for 24/7 monitoring and our most comprehensive fog security to prevent intruders from gaining further access. 

All of our systems are regularly maintained by our highly trained security engineers and come with optional Police Response support should it be required. For further information on implementing or improving your retail security systems please contact SGS Systems Ltd.

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Home security – Keeping safe this summer

home securityIn the beautiful hot summer weather, there is nothing better than throwing open doors and windows to let the cool breeze flow through your home. Spending time in the garden, having friends around for a BBQ and setting up the paddling pool for the kids, all makes great days for having fun outdoors.

Unfortunately, though, the downside to this lovely summer weather is that we sometimes relax our attitudes when it comes to our home security. Here in the UK the hot weather is a novelty and is not something that we regularly have. Because of this, leaving doors open and forgetting to close windows whilst we pop out, often occurs and opens up plenty of opportunity for potential intruders who are wanting to take advantage of our more relaxed mindset.

In recent weeks, the West Midlands and region the UK have seen a noticeable increase in home burglaries, which could certainly have been avoided if homeowners had been a little more vigilant. Don’t forget it can take only 3 minutes for a burglar to break into your house and so it’s essential that you stay safe.

West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson recently spoke at the West Midlands Strategic Policing and Crime Board about the increase in crime due to the hot weather, including a higher burglary rate, he said: "Since the weather came out and it decided to be hot, we have seen an increase in demand.”  "Two weekends ago we saw some days that were busier than New Year's Eve. The call demand has been huge and it has created an added level of pressure.”

What can you do to improve your home security?

Over these glorious hot summer days, SGS Systems Ltd recommends staying vigilant. Ensure that doors and windows are shut and locked before you leave the property and even if you’re sat out in the garden, then make sure the front of your property is locked securely. Don’t relax your attitude to home security and don’t do it just to keep your house cool. When leaving the property, close your curtains and blinds in rooms where the sunlight is at its strongest in order to keep the rooms cool.

For a more advanced and thorough approach to home security, then why not consider one of our West Midlands house alarms? With wired and wireless alarm systems available and ready to install, we provide West Midlands home security solutions to protect properties of all sizes.

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Commercial Surveillance Security and Public Spaces

commercial surveillance securityIn light of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, commercial surveillance security for commercial buildings, public spaces and arenas has never been so important.

CCTV commercial Surveillance is key to protecting us, whether we’re out on the street, going about our daily lives or whether we’re attending a large sporting event, community gathering or festival, going to the theatre, night club or concert.

Having commercial surveillance security at the highest level of efficiency, allows up to all be safe and continue to enjoy our days, doing what we love best.

Commercial surveillance security is protecting us across the UK

As Cardiff’s 74,500-seater venue, Principality Stadium gears up for some of the biggest music acts throughout this summer 2017, Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis, of South Wales Police, was recently quoted in an article by Wales Online:

“Each and every event is threat assessed by South Wales Police and appropriate police resources put in place in and around the stadium and the city centre.  “Together with our well-trained stewarding staff, we have a comprehensive and continually monitored CCTV systems in operation at all times.”

The NEC which is also known globally for holding iconic events for music, corporate and many other interests has also re-assured the public of its commercial surveillance security measures as the NEC Group’s CEO Paul Thandi, spoke out in an article to the Birmingham Mail "Public safety at our events is our priority and we have a number of security measures in place which we continue to review.”

Right here at SGS Systems, we provide, maintain and service, high definition commercial surveillance security CCTV camera units to the Telford International Exhibition Centre so that they too, may safely hold conferences and concerts.

If you own or manage a public building, arena or night club, then CCTV surveillance should be a number one priority for the safety of everyone who uses the space including your staff.  To find out how SGS Systems can support you with our sophisticated CCTV monitoring equipment and commercial alarm systems which can be linked directly to our Police response service, then please contact us directly for a confidential review of your premises and requirements.

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DIY Home Security

diy home securityThinking of trying some DIY Home Security? Everyone wants to save some cash wherever possible but what price should you put on saving when it comes to securing your beloved home, prize possessions and the well-being of your family?

Yes, there are DIY home security house alarm systems out there that you can buy off the shelf for a one-off fee, but when it comes to installing and setting up is the mission all worth it?

For creating your own DIY home security, SGS Systems recommend the following:

  1. Research your DIY home security alarm as much as you can. Read reviews, read the installation instructions, speak to friends about their thoughts and recommendations.
     
  2. When purchasing, make sure your house alarm comes with a guarantee.
     
  3. Set aside a whole weekend for installation!
     
  4. Read the manual instructions thoroughly.
     
  5. If you have pets then consider where sensors will be placed and check if they can trigger them. A dog might trigger it where as a cat might not.
     
  6. If using a wireless monitor then check your DIY home security security settings. Getting into the techy side can be quite complicated but locking down with passwords is key to preventing hackers infiltrating your alarm system.
     
  7. Consider what will happen if the alarm triggers when you’re not there. The last thing you want is a call from your neighbour whilst you are on holiday.
     
  8. Consider what will happen if the alarm doesn’t trigger and you’re not there. Has it really served its purpose? especially with all the effort you’ve put in to try to protect your home.


If all the above just sounds too much or you would prefer a company who can support your home protection needs, then why not consider SGS Systems Ltd.  We provide home security solutions for homeowners across the UK. We take the headache out of setting up and maintaining alarm systems, giving our customers peace of mind that their property is safe and secure whilst they are away from the premises.

All of our home security systems are installed and regularly maintained by our qualified security engineers to ensure that they are in continued good working order. Plus, we offer 24 / 7 support to nominated key holders, should one of the alarms trigger whilst you’re enjoying your holiday. For more information about our house alarm services, please contact our dedicated home alarm security team today.

Protecting Jewellers with Jewellery Retail Security

jewellery retail securityCriminals entering a jewellery retail store have often sought to find jewellery retail shop security vulnerabilities within the business and at the premises prior to carrying out a theft, so that they are clear on where and when they will carry out their crime.

Interestingly, theft on jewellery retailers has significantly reduced since 2000. According to a report by UK Metropolitan Police: Burglaries on Jewellery 2000 – 2014.  In 2014 there were just 16 burglaries reported with goods stolen to a value of: £49,378.00, compared to 2000 which saw 150 burglaries totalling too £1794,268.70 and in 2001, 100 burglaries amounted to tremendous value of £4,336,566.28. The report lists rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets and earrings as just some of the items stolen over the 14 year period.

Possibly, down to varying trends in what is seen to be most valuable or an easy target / sale. The reduction in jewellery retail crime could also be recognised for the growing choice in jewellery retail security equipment available to commercial retailers and especially those within the jewellery retail sector.

Finding the right jewellery retail security for your business

To a protect jewellery shop effectively, carrying out a risk assessment is paramount to the safety of all staff, goods and their premises. Secondly it is finding the right jewellery retail shop security equipment to suit the business. Using CCTV is a visual deterrent to potential intruders and also captures valuable information for police to examine should a robbery take place. At the higher end of the market, Fog Security / Smoke Screen Security can prevent items from being stolen for a premises by filling the shop with fog / smoke and reducing visibility within seconds.

If you own or run a jewellery retail shop, then you will appreciate the high level of commercial security required in protecting valuable stock. Often expensive goods are kept on the premises, subjecting employees too many dangers when working day to day. Whilst considering the protection of their stock on one hand, on the other employees are mindful of offering their buyers the very best experience in customer service so that they can interact, touch and try on high value goods.

Protecting jewellery retailers is a high priority for SGS Systems. We appreciate that staff can be exposed to concerning activity and together with our professional security team, we deliver confidential risk assessments to ascertain where security vulnerabilities lie and where areas of a jewellery retail shop should be protected.

Historically we have looked after many jewellery retailers and manufacturing warehouses, particularly in the Birmingham jewellery quarter and across the UK. To find out more about how we could protect your business with jewellery retail shop security, please contact our jewellery retail security team for further information.

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Further Reading:

The national association of jewellers is a founding partner in the SafeGems scheme which looks to support the safety of jewellers in their field by linking with all UK police forces too:

  • Co-ordinate data from the trade on incidents and suspicious events
  • Send alerts to members of the NAG, the NAJ and those insured via T H March
  • Co-ordinate data across police forces to improve identification and conviction of criminals.

Jewellers and retailers can find out more by visiting their website: www.safergems.org.uk

Using Smart Security App Technology to check your home security

dreamstime_xs_48883576Since the launch of the very first smartphone by IBM back in 1994, the use of Apps to enhance our daily lives has grown considerably, so that we may improve our efficiency and keep us connected. In recent years, smart security App technology has come under scrutiny as to how secure it really operates in terms of cyber security.

Smartphone Apps keep us connected with friends through social media, enable us to check our email, check our bank balance, research information, play games, watch videos, listen to music and now with its connect-ability into the home becoming more popular than ever, we can control our heating and lighting through the touch of a button. The technical term for connecting inanimate objects using smartphone technology is called Internet of Things and the industry is estimated to connect 30 billion gadgets into our digital infrastructure by 2020, according to predictions by IDC.com. Household items such as washing machines, kettles and fridges are already seeing developments in combining this technology with the way in which we use them daily and so it is now certain that this is how our homes will operate in the very near future.

The vulnerabilities of smart security App technology

Using smartphone smart security App technology to check home CCTV cameras has been around for some time now, keeping a check on the house whilst at work or on holiday gives people that peace of mind that everything is ok and protected. However not all cameras and Apps are secure and some cheaper models have come under close scrutiny in terms of their safeguarding. Interception from hackers to obtain personal information or to even hijack equipment and watch people through home CCTV is the main concern for anyone using this type of technology. Here at SGS Systems Ltd we recommend only the market leading quality smart security App technology and home CTTV security equipment currently available.

If you are considering using this type of smart security App technology to protect your home and are thinking of installing home CCTV at your house then please contact our CCTV security team for a confidential review and find out how we can help to protect your home securely with smart security app technology.

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