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Combatting against tool theft within rural areas

Recently, there has been a spate rise in tool theft from outbuildings within rural across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Farm outbuildings which are not always left occupied and neither locked securely, provide easy targets to thieves who are looking to quickly sell items onwards.  Subsequently, expensive tools can hold their value which means that stolen tools sold through the black market or on social media selling websites can earn a good price for thieves.

It is not only tool theft but also the theft of farm machinery is also on the rise as overseas demand for expensive farm equipment rises. Operated by organised gangs, farm machinery is stolen and then shipped abroad. Farmers are being encouraged to share information and report thefts to the police so that they can track unscrupulous activity within the region.

Further to this, Staffordshire Police recommend the following suggestions to reduce tool theft and improve security on farmland:

Reducing tool theft

  1. Lock equipment away in a securely locked building
  2. Use a secure tool storage box
  3. Mark your tools and register them
  4. Keep expensive items out of sight when not in use
  5. Lock vehicles and keep the keys within your possession
  6. Consider installing outside security lighting
  7. Install commercial security to protect outbuildings and external areas

As a certified security partner to the NFU, SGS Systems supply CCTV security at a discounted rate to NFU members. Furthermore, we supply farm security, outbuilding alarm security and equestrian property security to farm owners and land managers who are looking to secure their property and protect against tool theft. To find out how we can help to protect your farm machinery, equipment and livestock, please contact our commercial security team or see our website for further details.

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  • Rural crime prevention –

https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rc/rural-crime/rural-crime-prevention/

Back to school and work! House burglary is on the rise

house burglaryWith more properties been vacant during the day, house burglary is on the rise. It is September and that means that many young people will be returning to school and college.  At the same, their parents and carers are now looking to return to work following the 2020 five month lockdown period whereby many found themselves spending more hours working from home rather than from their usual office location.

Remote home working has provided a positive deterrent to intruders and helped to reduce the overall number of house break-ins across the country. Incidentally, the number of break-ins fell by almost a half within some areas of the West Midlands according to a recent article by the expressandstar.com –https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2020/08/20/burglaries-plummet-due-to-impact-of-lockdown/ .

However, as restrictions have begun to ease over recent months, the house burglary level is now beginning to see a rise again.  Homes which were predominantly occupied for many hours of the day are now becoming empty again, this situation is increasing house burglary opportunities to unwelcomed intruders.

Tips to deter a house burglary

If you plan to leave your property un-inhabited during the day, SGS Systems recommend the following to keep your homes secure:

  1. Ensure all windows and doors are locked before you leave the property.
  2. Move bins away from under windows and lock away ladders. These items can be used as climbing devices to gain easy entry to higher level windows.
  3. Don’t leave expensive digital gadgets and games consoles visibly on show through windows
  4. Outside, remove tall bushes and shrubs which are close to the property which could obscure your view and where unwanted intruders could hide behind.
  5. Install security lighting to illuminate the property at night, especially in secluded areas.
  6. Consider installing a SGS Systems house security alarm device within your property. We offer a range of house alarms to suit all sized homes in both wired and wireless options.

To find out more about how we can protect your property with a house security alarm or by using any other of our house burglary deterrent products such as CCTV home security and security lighting, please contact us to today to discuss your requirements in respect of a confidential home review.

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How SGS Systems is adhering to COVID restrictions

Over recent months, SGS Systems and our health and safety team has worked closely to risk assess and minimise the implications of COVID in respect to both customers and employees, when visiting your commercial or domestic premises to carry out our security alarm and CCTV installation, testing and maintenance duties.

General Guidance

As a reputable security installer for the West Midlands and the UK our security engineers and business team have been briefed with the following information to ensure safety.

  1. One security engineer per vehicle at all times, when travelling to and from an appointment / callout.
  2. 2-meter social distancing is adhered to by all engineers whilst on all site and within our SGS Systems office.
  3. Gloves and masks to be worn when more than one person is on site and social distancing is not possible.
  4. Hands are regularly washed or sanitised
  5. All PPE for daily work schedule is provided by SGS Systems Ltd
  6. New gloves are used for each individual appointment / callout

Visiting a Property

We respect that the property is your home or your place of work and that adhering to COVID rules whilst visiting your property is essential for your protection.

Our security engineers will only attend your property with the following in COVID working conditions in place:

  1. All security engineers will enter a property using their own PPE protection which is allocated as a new PPE set per job / domestic visit
  2. We ask customers to stay at least 2 metres apart from engineers or even in another room where possible
  3. We ask customers to use their own pen for signing any documentation
  4. All PPE is removed safely after each job / domestic visit to avoid any cross-contamination

We would like to thank all our commercial and domestic customers for their continued support. For more information please contact our team. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and questions with regards to site visits in terms of security alarm and CCTV installation, security, testing and maintenance duties.

Warmer weather means a rise in West Midlands burglaries

Open Window - West Midlands BurglariesWith the rise of the UK warmer weather over recent weeks, sadly West Midlands burglaries are accelerating again. The hotter weather often inspires us to throw open our home windows and doors, but sadly in terms of security this puts our property at risk. Unwanted intruders are easily tempted by easy access opportunities which lay before them.

With this in mind, SGS Systems are reminding all customers and household owners to remember to close and lock your windows and doors when you leave the property and don’t leave any valuables on show to prevent the misfortune of a burglary. This especially applies digital equipment such as smartphones, tablets and headphones which are of high value and can be effortlessly sold on through contacts and selling websites, making them easy targets for petty criminals should they see them on show.

Highlighting concerns around West Midlands burglaries, comes at a time when a new campaign by Neighbourhood Watch and in partnership with the Home Office called ‘Safety in Neighbours’ has recently launched here the UK. As burglaries are estimated to rise further due to lockdown restrictions easing, the aim of the campaign is to create a social media message which will encourage homeowners to be vigilant and to keep an eye out as to any un-toward activity within the road where they live in and the surrounding local area.

Here at SGS Systems we encourage homeowners to have a house security alarm installed or if they have an existing device then we urge households to have them tested. Our company can service and maintain any other installed brand of house alarm to check that it is operating correctly and upgrade if necessary. For more information on protecting your home please see our house alarm website pages for more details or speak to our security advisors with regards to a confidential review of your property.

Find out more at:

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get-involved/support-campaign/safety-neighbours-campaign

Customer Information – COVID19

SGS Systems Ltd would like to inform customers that we will be operating as key worker status – low tier level throughout this period.   We are able to attend to essential maintenance works and out of hours call with regards to our security services.

Please contact us on our main telephone number – 01902 700687 for further information.

Off on holiday? Think Easter Home Security

Off on holiday think Easter home securityThis month we are thinking about Easter home security and how it can benefit homeowners across the UK.  Thankfully March is finally here and with daylight hours beginning to extend a little longer and the weather beginning to warm up, people across the UK are making holiday plans for the forthcoming months ahead.

If you are planning to get away for the Easter break, then it’s worth considering how you will protect your home whilst you are on holiday; after all, no one wants to arrive home from a memorable holiday only to find that they have been a victim of a burglary.   By making a few simple security steps you can competently protect your property and go on holiday with peace of mind that your belongings and livelihood is safe.

Simple Easter home security tips such as asking a neighbour to keep an eye on your property whilst you are on holiday, parking a car on the drive so that it looks like someone is staying at the property, putting the bins out for collection and asking a neighbour to collect your post will help to draw attention to the fact that nobody is at home.

What to do if you already have a home security alarm

If you already have a security alarm installed in your house, then its worth testing before you go on holiday to make sure that it works properly.  It’s worth knowing that here at SGS System’s Ltd our certified security installers can test and certify your alarm, even if it isn’t made and installed by our company. To find out more, please contact our property security advisory team.

What to do if you don’t have a home security alarm

If you don’t have a home security alarm, then please contact our property security team at SGS System’s Ltd for a FREE and confidential review of your property.  Our security review team works closely with homeowners to find the best security solution to suit your home and budget. All home alarm systems are scale-able, come in wired or wireless format and can be tracked via your smartphone app whilst you are away from the property at another location.

For further information on protecting your home this holiday with Easter home security please contact our west midlands property security team or see our website for further details.

Salon businesses – Is your beauticians, hairdressers, barbers protected?

salon businessRunning commercial salon businesses, operating as beauticians, hairdressers or barbers can be expensive for business owners, especially when investing time and money into good quality equipment and stock. 

Providing expensive branded hair straighteners and hairdryers or carrying high spec stock such as beauty products not only gives customers a wider choice of services and products to buy but also promotes the salon brand as being high end / high quality which is good for customer loyalty and growing a customer base after all who doesn’t enjoy a bit of pampering and beauty grooming?!

Sadly, salon equipment and stock can often be sold on quickly

Subsequently, this type of equipment and stock is often in demand by some people who would like to pay a little less for it and so therefore it can be easily and privately sold onwards.  This means that sadly commercial salon businesses often become easy targets for thieves who are looking to make quick monetary returns without a trace on commercial stolen goods.

Protecting your salon equipment and stock is key to the longevity and successful running a salon.  Here at SGS Systems Ltd we support commercial salon businesses with commercial security of all sizes from single salons up to multi-chain companies throughout the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire. Installing a commercial burglar alarm at your commercial premises and installing CCTV equipment not only provides an adequate step towards deterring intruders but will also alert you, your staff and the public should an attempted theft occur.  To find out more about how we can help to support commercial salon businesses or any other commercial / retail business please speak to our commercial salon businesses security team today or see our property security website for more details.

Is your CCTV farm security ready for Lambing Season?

As lambing season gets underway, this month SGS Systems Ltd are focusing on how we can support farmers throughout this crucial time of year with CCTV farm security.

“Every year, 16 million ewes give birth here in the UK”, according to countryfile.com and although the season runs from November to May, it peaks during the spring season.  Many farmers will work long shifts of up to 12 hours or more.  Ewes will deliver the lambs unassisted out in the field, however first-time mums are often bought into the lambing shed so that the farmers can closely monitor the yews and be on hand to assist should any struggle when giving birth.

Keeping an eye on both experienced and first-time ewe mum’s makes it an extremely busy time for farmers to monitor several locations around the farm, especially when not all ewes will survive and so it is important that farmers are on hand to help wherever possible.

CCTV farm security can help to monitor livestock

Implementing CCTV farm security can help to relieve some of the demand that farmers undertake.  Here at SGS Systems Ltd we support farmers and their livestock by installing multiple CCTV camera’s in a variety of locations, both internally and externally means that livestock can be monitored from a single location, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our cameras are non-intrusive and offer infa-red live imagery so that animals can be seen and monitored clearly.

For more information on CCTV farm security and to find out how we can support your commercial farm business, please contact our sales team at SGS Systems Ltd.  As certified providers to the NFU coupled with a vast level of commercial experience we provide a commercial security monitoring service to suit your individual farm business which are scale-able from a single system to multi-level use.

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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.