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Car Crime is on the rise. How can we improve car security?

Car robber at night looking inside a car
Car robber at night looking inside a car
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 drivewaysCCTV 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.

Here at SGS Systems Ltd, we protect vehicles with both Garage Security and CCTV Security. To book a confidential review of your premises or to find out more about any other aspect of property security, please contact our property security team or see our Garage Security website page –

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SGS Systems Ltd has moved premises

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:

Don’t forget we’re here to help with your property security!

Supplying and installing security to both homeowners and commercial business properties throughout the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire and across the UK, our company SGS Systems Ltd is first on hand to help and support with property security.

From single wired and wireless burglar alarms to multi-alarm networks. 24/7 monitored CCTV security or fog and smoke security, our company provides are range of both internal and external security systems to secure premises and suit your protection needs.

To find out more please contact our property security team or see our house security and commercial security website pages for further information. 

Manufacturing Security

Manufacturing SecurityManufacturers play a key role in many supply chains, whether they are producing an element of a product or providing an assembly process for a finished item and so how they operate their manufacturing security is key to this.  Securing raw materials, stock and equipment is essential to the daily running and productivity of any manufacturing business.

 Theft or damage to stock can cease a manufacturing business and bring a complete supply chain to a standstill. Ensuring that a manufacturing premises, the stock that they hold and the equipment is safe during work hours and away from the premises will give company Director’s peace of mind that their business is safe.

Here at SGS Systems Ltd we support manufacturing businesses across the West Midlands and the UK to ensure that their businesses operate with fully protected manufacturing security.

A manufacturing premises can develop in all shapes and sizes from small independent units to large multi building operations.  Here at SGS Systems Ltd we provide a range of manufacturing security options which are individually bespoke to suit each business, depending on their scale and the types of products that they manufacture.

What does our manufacturing security include?

Commercial Alarms SGS Systems Ltd install and regularly maintain commercial alarm systems.  Our commercial alarms systems are hardwired into the premises and operate using their own network. 

Door entry systems The installation of an SGS Systems Ltd door entry system is ideal for companies who wish to zone off areas within a manufacturing premises.  Perfect for areas where substantial amounts of stock is stored or where only designated staff is allowed entry.

CCTV cameras and equipment – 24/7 internal and external surveillance at a commercial property offers continual monitoring and acts as a deterrent.  Linked to a telephone app, cameras can be monitored whilst on site or away from the premises.

For more information on our manufacturing security options and to discuss the commercial security of your business in confidence, please speak to our SGS Systems Ltd security team to find out how we can support your company.

Spring is here! Is the perimeter of your outdoor property safe?

outdoor propertyAs the weather begins to warm up and we begin to spend more time outdoors, it’s time to start thinking about the safety and security of the perimeter of our homes and outdoor property such as sheds and outbuildings.

Sheds that were once just used to store a lawn mower and the odd few pots of paint or offer a place for ‘Dad to go to’ are long gone.  These days they are used to house far more sophisticated possessions that come at a much higher cost.  They have become an extension to the living area of our homes and our personalities, hobbies and interests, offer a useful space for storage so that we may keep our houses clutter free.

Bikes and hi-tech sports equipment, storage for hot-tubs and high quality garden furniture, or extra space for office use and hobby businesses are just some of the reasons why homeowners of today wish to invest in outdoor property such as a shed or summer house.

With the influence of George Clarkson’s TV programme ‘Amazing Spaces’ and now paint brand Cuprinol who host their annual competition ‘Shed of the Year 2019’, how we build and use a shed has opened the minds of many homeowners across the UK.

So how can we protect our beloved shed, cabin, garden room or summer house?

  • Invest and install in a decent lock
  • Add frosting or curtains to the windows to minimize visibility through the glass to prevent an intruder from seeing what’s inside.
  • Install an outside security light that is motion censored to highlight any unscrupulous activity
  • Cut back hedges and shrubs so that doorways remain visible
  • Install a wireless burglar alarm from SGS Systems Ltd.  Connected via your home WIFI and accessible through a smart-phone app gives the ability to homeowners to easily set and manage the alarm when they are away from the property.
  • Install CCTV security from SGS Systems Ltd. Connected through a dedicated TV monitor and accessible through a smart-phone app offers homeowners the freedom to check on their outdoor property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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Gang crime against retailers and warehouse owners is rising

It is no secret that organized gang crime is on the rise across the UK. Whilst it is often referred to in conjunction with drugs and weapons, the UK has also seen a noticeable rise in predatory gangs who are raiding retail stores and warehouses across the country. 

Whilst final figures for 2018 are still yet to be published, during 2017 retail crime rose to £700 million according to the Retailers Against Crime partnership.  Mass theft of substantial quantities of product which can be sold without trace on the black market has become a growing trend.  Fraud and commodities such as clothing, electrical items, alcohol and cigarettes still continue to lead their targeted wish list.

And it is not just UK gangs. The UK is being targeted more than ever by organised international gangs who see us as a wealthy country and have recognized theft opportunities. This isn’t helped by our under-funded Police infrastructure which has been determined as not able to withstand and appropriately respond to the pressure of modern day global criminals.

So what can be done to help commercial businesses who need to protect against gang crime?

Finding support for retailers – Support organizations like the Retailers Against Crime partnership ( provide training and useful resources to help retailers to recognize organized and travelling offenders.

Lighting – A well lit property is less of an easy target to gangs who are looking to go undercover.  Sensor lighting which can be triggered in a disturbance could deter intruders from making any attempt to enter any further.

Protecting your premises with Fog Security – Premises security is crucial in securing zones and protecting stock. Fog / Smoke security offers the most capable method to combat against this.  Filling a room in seconds with thick, dense fog, will not only take thieves by surprise, it will completely dis-orientate them and minimize any theft of goods.

CCTV Monitoring equipment – Clearly displaying that CCTV monitoring equipment is in use can be a deterrent to opportunists.  However should an issue arise, then real-time imagery of the incident will be captured and could be used as future evidence.

Alarming your premises – Installing a fully operational accredited commercial alarm and having it continually serviced and maintained, gives owners peace of mind that their premises is safely protected whilst they are away from the site.

Do you own commercial property and operate as a retailer, a warehouse premises or a you the owner of a manufacturing / industrial business? Here at SGS Systems Ltd we assist companies with commercial security – large or small and stretching across the UK. Tailored specifically to individual business needs we supply and install the right security solution to protect your company, your goods and your premises. To find out more please contact our commercial alarm security team or see our commercial security website for further details.

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2019 Security Checklist

As we settle in to 2019 here at SGS Systems Ltd, we thought that it would be a great idea to hand out a security checklist to all of our contacts and put everyone on the right track for 2019 in terms of their house security.

Ensuring that your home is continually kept safe should be a priority but can sometimes goes un-noticed when there are so many other home improvements to pay out for. However, according to an article published during last November 2018 by – Brits were set to spend £29.6billionon home improvements by the year-end of 2018.

This is an astonishing figure and a trend that is continually increasing as more homeowners look to improve the condition and aesthetic look of their property which not only reflects their taste but can also increase the overall value of their property.

So if home owners are investing substantially in their properties, then we suggest, that so too should they invest in their home security to protect their hard work and investment.

Here are some security checklist ideas to improve your home security:

Replace windows with key lock windows – Most modern windows will be fitted with locks. If you don’t have locks then it is certainly worth considering. Creating an extra barrier and decreasing opportunity to prize open a window is a useful deterrent.

Replace external doors with a multi-point locking system – Multi-point locks provide a more substantial locking system and deter opportunists. Look at the quality of your doors and their frames and check that they are in good condition.

Improve the security to your garages and sheds and invest in CCTV security – These spaces can hold valuable vehicles and equipment, however they are easy targets for intruders as they are not always secure. Ensure that locks and padlocks are in good working condition and upgrade to an enhanced option wherever possible.  Protecting your outdoor space with visible CCTV surveillance supplied by SGS Systems Ltd will provide 24/7 external monitoring of your external space, especially in areas which are out of regular view.

Clear up your garden – Hedges, shrubs and trees can obscure vision and shield intruders.  Trimming and tidying up your garden will not only improve the overall look of your property but will also provide clear visibility around it’s perimeter.

Check your existing house alarm – You may have a house alarm but have never used it or may not have had your home alarm tested in a long time.  Here at SGS Systems Ltd we are offering an alarm checking service for just £60 on all house alarms even if they are not provided by our company.  For more information please see our offer –

Install a home security alarm – For homeowners that don’t have a house alarm then maybe it’s time to consider installing a house security system?  Here at SGS Systems Ltd our highly trained security engineers install and maintain security equipment through our SSAIB accreditation.  To find out more please contact our security advisors today to book a confidential security review of your property.


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Calling all members of the NFU do you have CCTV Farm Security installed?

CCTV farm securityRural crime is on the increase and unfortunately rural theft can occur under various circumstances and often to those who don’t have CCTV farm security.  Stolen livestock can be quickly sold on for cash through regional markets and for the production of meat, whilst the theft of high profile farming equipment can be worth thousands of pounds.  Unfortunately, intruders prey on rural businesses where historically premises may have felt much safer in the past in contrast to urban areas and so less likely to be a target – however sadly this is becoming less of the case.

Members of the NFU (National Farmers Union), across the UK are being urged to install CCTV Farm Security monitoring equipment, to protect their farms, secure equestrian premises and remote locations. By ensuring that their land and outbuildings are monitored 24/7, they have peace of mind that they can deter unwanted intruders by sending a clear message that the property is ‘under surveillance’.

Established Partners for CCTV Farm Security

In order to meet this requirement, SGS Systems Ltd are delighted to announce that we are established CCTV partners to the NFU and by operating as certified security installation representatives to the NFU West midlands region, covering: Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Warwickshire, our company is accredited to install, service and maintain Farm CCTV security and Stable CCTV security in addition to our existing portfolio of property security options.

To find out more please contact us for property security at You may also like to read further information on our Stable CCTV Security website page.

Christmas Opening Times



We would like to thank all of our customers, suppliers and associates

A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Thank you kindly for your support throughout 2018


We close 5pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and re-open on Wed 2nd January 2019

We provide a 24-hour emergency callout over the holiday period.

Customers can call 01902 700687 and the call handling service operator will direct the call
 to the on-call engineer

Commercial Christmas Security – Challenges Faced by Businesses!

commercial christmas securityIs your commercial christmas security up to date?

For retailers and warehouse companies across the UK, Christmas can be their busiest time of year in their commercial calendar.  In warehouses, storing and protecting stock, packaging parcels and preparing for dispatch creates numerous challenges for privately owned companies who do exert themselves to ensure that they meet delivery deadlines.

For the high street retailers, this time of year also means opening their doors to increased customer footfall whilst managing a greater amount of stock on their premises.  It can also mean hiring temporary staff and allowing unfamiliar faces into the ‘behind-the-scene’ operations of the company.

Keeping an eye on stock and ensuring that items are stored on the premises safely, often relies on extra surveillance.  This type of back up offers Directors and Managers greater flexibility when they are either on and off the premises or when dealing with tasks and customers that take them away from their own personal supervision.

Commercial Christmas security by SGS Systems Ltd

Here at SGS Systems Ltd we take some of the stress out of protecting goods throughout not only the Christmas season but all year by offering commercial Christmas security to businesses across the West Midlands and UK.  Installing 24/7 CCTV in stock rooms and out on the shop floor is imperative for businesses to operate successfully. Not only do visible cameras act as a deterrent but can also capture valuable evidence which could be used as proof of a suspected an incident in later investigations, should the need arise.

Our commercial christmas security services include CCTV monitoring equipment, comprehensive commercial Wireless and Wired Alarm systems to protect properties and access control to zone off specific designated areas of a building or retail property.  Finally, our smoke security offers the most substantial solution for areas where stock could be vulnerable to theft, especially in larger shop floor and warehouse areas.  To find out more about how we could support your business please contact our team.  We work with single business owners up to multiple retail chains to offer the best support in retail / warehouse security.


Christmas security – Prime time for potential burglars!

christmas securityExpensive gadgets, clothes, perfume and jewellery often make popular Christmas list items. 

These types of Christmas present’s offer easy opportunities to burglars who can grab when making a quick getaway and can sell on quickly – making them easily untraceable.

Key security aspects
to prepare for Christmas 2018

There are some key aspects to think about when preparing for Christmas and to ensure that you keep your home safe, here are some ideas:

  1. Presents Under Tree – Don’t leave expensive gifts visible under the tree during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Storing them safely out of sight will deter burglars from breaking into your home if they are looking for items to quickly grab from under the tree.
  2. Outdoor Christmas Lights – These are becoming more and more popular across the UK as homeowners light up their homes and gardens with magical Christmas scenes.  The issue is that often they don’t have an external power socket and so they trail extension leads through their windows. This prevents them from shutting the windows securely and provides a prime target to intruders. Not only do the lights draw attention to the potentially vulnerable house, but there is also a good chance that their window may be left on the catch, creating easy opportunity for burglars to gain access.
  3. Curtains and Blinds – Keep these closed at dusk and at night to minimise drawing attention and peering eyes into your home well-lit home. Installing lights on a timer will give the impression that the house is occupied even if you are not at home.
  4. Going Away This Christmas? – Cancel newspaper and milk deliveries.  Ask a neighbour to park their vehicle on your drive so that it gives the impression that your home is occupied. Put your bins out for collection and ask a neighbour to return them to your property once empties. Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the house and either push post fully through the letterbox or collect your post from your porch and store safely until you return.
  5. Using Social Media – Don’t boast on social media about expensive gifts you have received or promote that you are off on your holidays for Christmas.  Wait until you return home after your holiday and then upload your photos.
  6. Book a Christmas security review – Taking care of your existing installed alarm and giving it some TLC could be the best Christmas present that you give yourself and your family this Christmas.  If you have an alarm but it is not maintained by SGS Systems Ltd, then we can still help!  Under our Christmas security review, we will carry out a security review of your existing alarm to keep you safe this season.  For more information please contact us on 01902 700687 or see our website  Providing house burglar alarms, CCTV, smoke security and much more, we support homeowners and commercial business proprietors across the west midlands, staffordshire, shropshire and the UK with property security.