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What home security to consider when buying your first house?

Its valentine’s month and for those couples are buying their first house together, it’s an exciting time to begin a new chapter and put their own stamp on living together in their new home, so what about new home security

In contrast, it can be a little daunting too! Understanding what is important in running a home, from sourcing an appropriate mortgage to installing utilities and paying the regular monthly bills, to putting the right insurance in place to protect the building and its contents can be an overwhelming task with so many decisions to make and paperwork to understand.

Here at SGS System’s Ltd, we relieve the stress out of new home security and help those buying their first house to understand the importance of home security and the security possibilities when working to a tight budget.

From protecting flats and apartments to terraced, semi-detached and detached houses we provide property owners with house burglar alarms in both a wired and wireless format.  All new home security is certified and can be securely checked via a smartphone.

5 Top Tips for new home security

To help put you on the right track in terms of new home security, here are some top tips to get put you on the right track:

  1. Change the locks – When you first move into a property, change the locks so that you have a fresh set of keys, after all you don’t know who has lived in the property before you or who has keys and access to the property.
  2. Get to know your neighbours – Don’t be shy and introduce yourselves, they offer an extra set of eyes and ears to keep your property safe.
  3. Clear your garden – Overgrown shrubs and trees provide easy hiding places for intruders to wait. Clearing up your pathways and garden, especially around doorways, will reduce their opportunities.
  4. Check doors and windows – Before leaving the property, make sure that doors and windows are not left open. Close and lock to reduce the potential of easy access from an unwanted intruder.
  5. Install a new home security alarm – SGS Systems Ltd provide the very best quality in new home security burglar alarms and CCTV monitoring equipment. Visible security systems such as a bell box or a camera fitted to the exterior of the property not only offers protection but can also deter thieves.

For more information and questions on new home security please contact our property security team at SGS Systems Ltd or see our security website for further details.

NFU CCTV Partner

NFU CCTV Partner - Camera SecurityAs a certified NFU CCTV partner to the NFU, SGS Systems Ltd supply CCTV security and installation services, at a discounted rate to NFU members through our commercial security programme.

Operating a commercial farm business can be tricky to monitor. With such an expanse of property and sometimes only a small number of owners or staff to supervise the land, farm buildings and livestock at any particular time.  Overseeing such an operation can mean that in addition to going about their daily activity, that residence and workers need to have their eyes and ears open to everywhere – a demanding challenge.

As an NFU CCTV partner, we provide farm business owners with peace of mind

Here at SGS Systems Ltd we can alleviate the pressure of this situation by offering installation and maintenance services for commercial CCTV security equipment.  By monitoring specific areas of a farm / equestrian business, both internally and externally, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week we provide reliability and that extra pair of eyes to allow farmers and land owners to get on with their day and attend to more important tasks. As an NFU CCTV partner, we provide commercial farm business owners with peace of mind that their animals, crops, equipment and property are all safely protected.

We support farm, equestrian and land owners / managers across the West Midlands, reaching out into Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. If you are an NFU member and would like to find out more about our NFU CCTV partner discounted CCTV security services, then please get in touch or see our listing on the NFU website – https://businessdirectory.nfuonline.com/account/login. For NFU members we are still here to support your farm / equestrian business and property, please directly get in touch with our property security team through SGS Systems Ltd.

Make your home security for 2020 a priority

home security for 2020 - SGS Bell boxHome Security for 2020 should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list.  No one wants to return home to find that their house has been burgled.  The feeling of knowing that an intruder has been in your home can be sickening, especially if they have taken your most valuable pieces of property.  Aside from the cost in replacing the items and the time it takes to contact insurers, the impact can have lasting effects on both adults and children.

So, for this year, SGS Systems Ltd are urging all Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands homeowners to consider having house security installed in their property. Installing a house alarm with a distinct SGS Systems branded bell box will not only dissuade prowling thieves from making any further pursuit to enter your home but will also alert through the house burglar alarm should they try to make an attempt.

Here are SGS Systems Ltd we offer home security for 2020 to incorporate the following options:

  1. House Alarms in both wired and wireless options which can be controlled via a wall mounted electronic pad or a smartphone.
  2. CCTV monitoring equipment to monitor your property both internally and externally. 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
  3. Outdoor security lighting to illuminate up the external perimeter of your property including drives, doorways and parking areas to draw attention to any unscrupulous activity.

All of our home security for 2020 services are provided through our certified team of experienced security installation fitters, following a confidential assessment of your home to determine where and what type of home security is required to protect the property.

To find out more and for a no-obligation home security for 2020 review of your property, please contact our property security team or see our security website for further details.

What security measures does your home need this Christmas?

Hooray! Christmas is nearly here and so this month SGS Systems Ltd are focusing on keeping family’s safe and secure by offering security measures in how to deter those unwanted intruders into your home over the season.

Sadly, during December theft in homes rise by 20% according to insurance company Sunlife.  Christmas is a time when we often see the number of valuables stored in our homes increase, ready to distribute as gifts, from expensive jewellery and watches to new technology devices such as smartphones, tablets, games-consoles and new music / tv equipment.  Whilst these are all lovely gifts, they are also easy targets for criminals, who in one single break into a house can thieve many items at once.

Here at SGS Systems Ltd we recommend the following security measures this Christmas:

  1. Gifts under the tree – Whilst they may look beautifully wrapped and Christmassy, don’t leave gifts under the tree for several days before the big day which can be visible through windows.
  2. Hide valuables away – Once gifts have been exchanged, hide valuables away out of sight and if necessary, put them in a lockable safe.
  3. Packaging is a concern! – It is tempting to open the latest console and put the box straight outside with the recycling. Instead, we recommend that you put the unwanted packaging in the boot of your car out of site and dispose of at a local council refuse site. Intruders aren’t daft and will target homes where the empty boxes have been left outside.
  4. What to do when visiting – If you leave the house to visit friends and relatives then ensure that all of your doors are locked, close the curtains to obscure any view into the home and leave a light on so that it looks like someone is in the house. If you are going on holiday then ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the property and even park their car on your drive so that it looks like someone is staying there.
  5. Fit a house security alarm – Install a house security alarm by SGS Systems Ltd. Not only having a visible bell box with our SGS Systems Ltd sticker will be a deterrent to a tempted intruder, but also the noise of an activated alarm will draw enough attention to the property to deter a criminal from gaining any further entry into your home. All of our home security alarms are SSAIB accredited and are installed in either wired or wireless options which can be scaled according to the number of rooms in your property and where you would like to see protection in place.  To find out more please contact our experienced security team or see our website for more details.

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Does your retail / warehouse premises have security support this Christmas

As retail bricks and mortar premises extend their opening hours to sell goods to eager Christmas shoppers and warehouse businesses across the UK embrace the Christmas demand to meet orders through the online retail sector, this month we are focusing on the security support that companies may need to protect stock.

Whether you are carrying extra stock to meet demand over the coming weeks or looking to protect your retail / warehouse premises when staff break up for the Christmas holiday, here at SGS Systems Ltd we supply security support to businesses, large or small and in single or multi-site locations across the UK.

Vacant properties can be a lure for targeting criminals when staff are on holiday and so reducing the likelihood of a burglary, deterring intruders and protecting your commercial premises is vital to the running and future development of your commercial business.

SGS Systems Ltd offer security support to commercial business

SGS Systems Ltd offer a number of security solutions, some of which can be monitored from a smartphone app and do not need staff to physically visit the premises to check that it is secure.  Using a single commercial alarm installation or by applying a combination of security support options such as a wired or wireless commercial security alarm coupled with security lighting and 24/7 CCTV monitoring equipment or access control and fog / smoke security to prevent access into specific room / zones, many security support options can be achieved to protect the premises effectively.

To find out more about SGS Systems Ltd and how we can offer security support to your business, please contact our security team.  We will provide a confidential review of your business premises and the stock that you carry to ensure that we offer a security support system to meet your requirements over the Christmas holiday season.

Protecting Rural Area’s with CCTV Technology

During 2018, SGS Systems Ltd were approached by Lapley, Stretton & Wheaton Aston Parish council to install and maintain CCTV technology security on Marston Field in Wheaton Aston.  Prior to this, other options had been considered and a variety of interventions had been made to try to discourage increasing levels of anti-social behaviour within the area, yet all options produced little success.

As a result of multi-agency working, SGS Systems Ltd were privileged to provide CCTV technology monitoring equipment which will see the protection of the community area increased, by the installation of 2 self-monitoring cameras, utilising CSL dual com and a 4G router.  Whilst, the time and date is visible on every frame to make the recording admissible as evidence.

Many aspects have to be considered when under-taking such a project which often involves the police, local authorities, families and residents, voluntary organisations through to environmental associates.  There is also specific legislation which communities are required by law to adhere too.

If you install a CCTV camera overlooking a public place, such as a walkway that runs behind a terrace of houses or the road at the end of a cul-de-sac, the images you capture are subject to the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). The Act gives everyone the right to see information you captured about them, such as images of them or their car number plate. It also sets strict rules that CCTV operators must follow when they gather, store, and release CCTV images of individuals. – according to the Neighboorhood Watch Website – https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crimes-archive/cctv/

To find out more about how we could help your community area, community centre, recreation ground or park space, please contact our property security sales team at SGS Systems Ltd.  Through a confidential review of the community area and working closely with individual community groups, SGS Systems Ltd are on hand to suggest a security solution to suit your budget and meet the protection needs of the community.

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Our vehicle security could reduce the chance of car chopping

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It’s getting chilly out there! With the temperature gradually falling as we move into the winter season, the appeal to heat up our cars and defrost our windscreens whilst leaving the engine running or leave the keys in the ignition whilst we nip back into the house is tempting.

In 2018, Birmingham Live editorial highlighted the effects of ‘car brands most commonly carjacked in the West Midlands’ and the growing popularity of ‘car chopping’ through organised crime gangs who involved children as young as 15 years old to steal cars.

Ford Cars and Vans were the most popular models stolen, whilst Land Rover, Vauxhall, BMW, Audi and Hondas also demonstrated as desirable brands.  In many cases the cars are broken down and sold for parts through the likes of eBay, Gumtree, Autotrader and other selling sites by making criminals millions of pounds through ‘chopping up’.

In arecent article by the UK Metropolitain Police, they offer useful advice at: https://www.met.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-vehicle/vehicle-attracting-thieves/ and highlight the fact that it is “actually illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended while you de-ice it or warm it up in cold weather.” “If someone takes it while it’s left like this, your insurer won’t pay out because you won’t be covered.”

Methods to improve your vehicle security

The answer is don’t make it easy for the opportunists! Here at SGS Systems Ltd, we help to protect vehicles with a number of vehicle security solutions and as a result can reduce the occurrence of a theft incident through the installation of our vehicle security protection package:

Security Lighting – Operating on sensors from dusk until dawn, our external security lighting can be powered by energy efficient LED Units that will illuminate the area of a domestic drive up to the size of a carpark.  Effective security lighting will work successfully on many levels, from deterring un-wanted intruders who don’t want to be seen to illuminating footage captured by CCTV camera security.

CCTV Security Our 24/7 security monitoring equipment is supplied and installed to the highest standards with time and dates visible on every frame to make the recording admissible as evidence.  Our CCTV security systems are configured to meet your budget, premises size and level of risk.

Garage Security Locking your vehicle in a garage / enclosed area is probably the most secure method in protecting your vehicle. Here at SGS Systems Ltd, we provide garage security as part of an extension to your house alarm to include alarm installation through inferred wired and wireless options.

To find out more about vehicle security and protecting your vehicle whilst stationery at your property please speak to our security sale team or see our home security and garage security website pages for further details.

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Yard Security – Is your horse and livestock protected?

In 2017 rural crime had a greater impact on yard security when rates rose by 13.4% and cost the UK £44.5m according to a report by the NFU. In addition the cost of agricultural vehicle and quad bike theft totaled £8.1m.

Often farms and equestrian stables are seen as easy targets to thieves. In rural areas where close communities keep an eye out for one another, there is often the mindset that perhaps yard security can be a little more relaxed. Historically crime has always been more associated with towns and cities however sadly, nowadays these statistics are beginning to demonstrate otherwise!

It is also worth highlighting that unwanted intruders don’t always live in the village or surrounding area and can sometimes travel miles to make an attempt of theft. Operating in a networked gang, they know the agricultural industry well and how to move the commercial equipment quickly; sometimes even with a plan to ship abroad where the machinery or livestock can be sold for a lot of money and without little trace.

How SGS Systems Ltd can help with yard security

As dedicated security partners to the NFU, SGS Systems Ltd are here to support farm and stable commercial agriculture businesses across the UK with yard security. Protecting livestock, tack, feed, equipment and machinery, our yard security package can include any, or all of the following:

To find out how we can help you further in securing your farm or stables property and to benefit from discounted yard security service rates if you are an NFU member, please contact our commercial security team or see our stable security page on our website – https://www.sgssystems.com/stable-cctv-security/