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Keeping our customers safe whilst carrying out a security home visit

home security for 2020 - SGS Bell boxWith the circumstances of another lockdown ever present, SGS Systems are continuing to supply a security home visit for domestic customers and homeowners who require our security maintenance services for their house Burglar Alarm, home CCTV monitoring equipment and other related security services.

Whilst visiting your property to carry out a security home visit and to keep everyone safe, we ask that customers stay at least two metres apart from engineers and use their own pen for signing any documentation.  All engineers wearing PPE and adhering to the following guidelines.

Security Home Visit General Guidance

  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 / call-out.
  7. All PPE is removed safely after each job / domestic visit to avoid any cross-contamination.

Please note that to keep contact between members of staff to a minimum, we are currently running a skeleton workforce. This means that on some days throughout the week, our main office is operating flexible working hours. If when you call, you can not get hold of a member of staff in person, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as a member of staff is available to do so. In an emergency, please use our out of hours emergency service, details for which you find on our main office telephone number. Please call 01902 700687.

Security Protection for Commercial Property this Christmas

security protection for commercial business

security protection for commercial businessFollowing a rocky year and with a significant strain on cash flow for UK business, security protection for commercial equipment, tools, stock, and premises has never been so important for business owners and self-employed contractors.

Security protection for commercial premises

Commercial property is often an easy target for thieves because of the quantity of high value goods which are stored on the premises. Equipment and stock offer an opportunity for thieves to move goods on and make money quickly. Subsequently, often warehouse premises can be tucked away on unlit industrial estates which are quiet, especially when premises shut up for the holidays and over the Christmas period.

To improve security protection for a commercial premises, SGS Systems recommend a range of commercial security products to suit individual businesses. These include commercial security alarm installation which can be connected to a Police response centre for an added level of security. There is also the option of smoke security, which in seconds will immediately fill rooms with thick dense fog to disorientate intruders and prevent them from moving any further through the premises. Then there is CCTV monitoring equipment to surveillance both internal and external areas of a property, and Security Lighting to illuminate doorways and dark areas around a commercial building, which could be risk assesses as vulnerable break-in areas.

 

Security protection for commercial vehicles

Not only can commercial vehicle be worth substantial value, but commercial vehicles owners and contractors often store and carry high value tools and stock inside their vehicles, in preparation to use on upcoming jobs and for customer appointments. Thieves target vehicles because they can quickly sell tools on to other workers for a decent price.

To improve security protection for commercial vehicles, SGS Systems recommend a range of commercial security products to protect vehicles. With the season of long dark nights, it is important to park vehicles in well-lit areas which are monitored by 24/7 CCTV security. As well as Security Lighting to illuminate external areas around a vehicle to deter thieves from breaking in.

We also recommend keeping tools and high value stock out of sight and securing a vehicle by other means of vehicle security for an added level of property security protection.

To find out more about security protection this season please speak to our team for a confidential review of your company to assess where property security needs can be met over the winter months.

A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from SGS Systems

We would like to wish our customers,
suppliers & associates
A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Please note that our office will be closed from
Christmas Eve – 24th December at 12pm.

We will re-open on 4th January from 8.30am (normal office hours)

In the event of an emergency, please call our office number 01902 700687
For the information, on getting in touch with our on-call engineer

Tis’ the month for Christmas Security

Christmas Security - Presents under the treeWith Christmas not far away now! Here at SGS Systems, December is always a time when we like to remind everyone about Christmas security, so that gifts may be kept safe and out of sight from tempting thieves.

Often Christmas can mean buying high value items for loved ones, but no one wants to fall victim of a break-in and so here are some useful home Christmas security ideas to reduce the likelihood of a burglary in your home.

Do’s and Don’ts to protect your home with Christmas Security

Christmas Security Do’s!

  1. Do, close your curtains and lock your doors and windows when at home and if you go out.
  2. Do, leave a light on so that it looks like someone is in your home whilst you are not there.
  3. Do, de-clutter the outside of your home so that pathways are open and clear.
  4. Do ask the neighbours to help you with putting bins away and picking up post if it is difficult to move yourself.
  5. Do, fit your house with a home security alarm by SGS Systems. We provide a range of house alarm solutions to suit homes of all sizes. Our security alarms come in wired or wireless options and can be used in conjunction with other home security equipment such as security lighting or CCTV monitoring.

Christmas Security Don’ts!

  1. Don’t leave expensive items under the tree. Put the gifts away and out of sight, preferably in a cupboard, until you are ready to hand out.
  2. Don’t got out and leave your lights on, with the curtains open. Potential thieves could easily take a good look inside through the window to decide if it is worth breaking in.
  3. Don’t leave outdoor Christmas lights trailing through open windows which could offer an easy opportunity and accessible point of access to intruders.
  4. Don’t tell everyone on Facebook that you are going to be away from your home over the holidays.
  5. Don’t take high value items straight out of the box and leave the packaging outside for recycling collection day. Store the packaging out of sight and take to your local refuge centre when you are ready.

For more information on protecting your home this Winter with property security, please contact our team at SGS Systems or see our security website for further details.

Protecting your vehicle from Car Theft

car theft

car theftSadly, 2020 has seen a sharp rise in car theft, car damage and catalytic convertor theft, across the West Midlands and the North West of England. Generally, vehicles and their parts are a lure to thieves because they can be of such high value when sold on through organised gangs.

In conjunction to this Autumn and Winter is now upon us. The longer, dark nights where streets have less surveillance by residence and neighbours creates an ideal situation for car thieves to seek out crime opportunity.

What can vehicle owners do to protect from car theft?

Here at SGS Systems we provide vehicle owners with a range of property security services to protect their vehicles from car theft.

Wireless Alarm Security – As registered UK suppliers for Pyronix HK Vision, SGS Systems install and maintain wireless security systems to protect vehicles from car theft when parked on driveways, under carports or in garages.

The digitally based Enforcer Kit includes a two-way wireless panel with a WIFI communicator, a two-way wireless keyfob, a PIR detector with a 10m range, plus much more. The system is cloud based and works in conjunction with smartphones. It uses push notifications and SMART apps to notify the user of any activity whilst giving them 24/7 access and free control to use where-ever they are located.

Light Security – Thieves do not want to be seen! Using installed security lighting to illuminate a driveway and surrounding exterior areas of a property will deter thieves from pursuing any further break-in. Our security lighting is fitted according to the distance range you wish to illuminate outside. The exterior lighting security can be set via a timer and /or an infer-red beam.

CCTV Security – 24/7 monitoring for both exterior and interior surveillance not only helps to deter thieves, but should it be required, captured images could be used as evidence in a crime case. CCTV camera’s can be strategically installed to protect specific outdoor areas of a property such as across doorways, a driveway, car port or garage.

To find out more about how we can protect your vehicle against car theft please contact SGS Systems or see our property security website for more details.

Lockdown Security – What it means for UK business

lockdown security

lockdown securityFrom 5th November 2020, many businesses across the UK have been forced to close due to a second lockdown period.  In some circumstances this has left retail shops, hospitality venues, sports centres, and office properties vulnerable to the threat of burglary and vandalism whilst they are temporarily closed for business.

If you are an owner of a temporarily closed business, taking a complete security review of the business premises is the first step to improving lockdown security. Remove high value goods from windows to out of view from the public and store them in a secure area of the premises which can be monitored by a commercial security alarm or access control, can deter any tempted thieves. Check for routes into the premises which could be used as access such as windows and doors and make sure that they are securely protected and locked, including interior doors.

Securing your business with lockdown security

The main priority for business owners and managers is to ensure that their property remains secure throughout this period. Having lockdown security implemented such as a commercial alarm installed and maintained at the premises, will not only help to protect the property and stock within it, but also meet business insurance requirements.

Regularly monitor the premises to check that everything is as it should be. This can be done by either visiting the property to check that it is secure or sign up for text alerts and police monitoring connected via a security system.

Installing security lighting and CCTV which can be monitored via an app on a smartphone, will also add reassurance that lockdown security within the property is safe. Finally, for more comprehensive protection, installing smoke security is ideally in the prevention of an intruder, gaining further entry into the premises.

For further information on lockdown security and how a commercial security alarm installation, CCTV monitoring equipment or smoke security could improve the protection of your business, please speak to our property security sales team. Here at SGS Systems, we not only install new alarm systems but can also test and maintain existing commercial property alarms, even if they were not supplied and fitted by SGS Systems in the first place.

Further Reading

To find out more about looking after your business and working safely during COVID, please see the .gov website – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Business Security – Securing your business against thieves

In a recent Business Crime Prevention notification by Staffordshire Police, the establishment highlighted the importance of business security and ‘how to keep your business secure from thieves’. Further to which, our team at SGS Systems thought it would be useful to share with business owners across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Businesses are valuable and so as a company owner it is vital that you protect your premises as a complete entity. Business security, covers all aspects from the building itself, to employee safety and protecting stock, equipment and machinery.

Reducing access to thieves and demonstrating to them that you have property security in place is the first step to reducing a potential break-in.

Staffordshire police recommend the following business security options:

  1. Installing an operational commercial security alarm. Business security alarms not only alert attention should a break-in attempt occur but also their visible bell box sticker informs thieves that there is an alarm operating on-site.
  2. Installing CCTV inside and outside the premises. CCTV security provides business owners with all year property monitoring 24/7 across their premises whilst they are on-site or away from the property.
  3. Move high value goods away from view when you are closed and fit a floor bolted safe. Avoiding temptation is the best option for your livelihood. Locking away goods into designated areas by using Access Control security or by other means of protection will safeguard stock.

To find out how SGS Systems can support your company with any of the above in terms of business commercial security, please get in touch. We support many customers and markets across the UK from manufacturing companies to retailers and warehousing, hotel and leisure facilities. Our dedicated team will provide the right security solution to individually suit your business requirements.

You can read the full article by Staffordshire Police at: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/business-robbery/protect-your-business/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

British Wintertime is nearly here, time to secure your home!

british wintertime house at nightOn Sunday 25th October 2020, the clocks will go back by 1 hour to mark the beginning of British wintertime; this means that 6am will become 5am.  On the bright side, we’ll enjoy an extra hour in bed to begin with and for the first few weeks we can enjoy the day light when waking up first thing in the morning. However, at the other end of the day BST 7pm will become 6pm which means that it will be dark when we are returning home from a day at work.

Whether you are a homeowner or renting, keeping homes and yourselves safe through the shorter day light hours of British wintertime is extremely important to everyone, with securing property being a top priority.

Here at SGS Systems we provide security solutions to help customers to consistently protect their property throughout the year. Here are some solutions which may help you to find the best form of protection for your home.

Newly installed Burglar Alarms – fitted to SSAIB accreditation, our house burglar alarms are produced and installed to a high UK standard. Our home security systems are regularly tested and are available in both wired and wireless options which can be scaled to the size of the property, no matter how big or small.

Upgrading an existing Home Security Alarm – If the property has a previously installed burglar security alarm which is provide by a different supplier, then not a problem! SGS Systems test and maintain security alarms of many individual manufactured brands which are provided by other suppliers.  On your behalf, we can check their condition of the burglar alarm and the suitability to your property.

Security Lighting – Throughout British wintertime, security lighting plays a key role in visibly illuminating the exterior areas of homes, gardens and outdoor spaces. Censor lights can illuminate areas, especially doorways and drives where light is needed. Security lighting systems also act as a deterrent to intruders.

Home CCTV Monitoring – Internal and external surveillance for your home, both day and night always gives piece of mind to owners. Capturing suspicious movements on camera can also be used as evidence should a theft situation ever arise.

Security through your phone – SMART security has never been so important and with 24 hour access via smartphone, our range of SGS Systems security services can be accessed whilst you are at home or otherwise away from the property, at the touch of an app.

To find out more about protection your home through British wintertime and beyond, please speak to our property security team or see our website for further details.

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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.

Blogs used to write this article:

  • 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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