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Century Fire and Security have a new website

Posted by: Century on July 17th, 2015 @ 2:55 PM
Tagged with: CCTV System Fire Alarm System Fire Security Gates

We are proud to announce the launch of our new and imporved website at it's new home of

Please at a look around our new website and we would welcome your feedback.

Gate Safety

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on November 11st, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
Tagged with: Access Control Access Control Intercom Audio Entry Automation DDA Security Entry Gates Installer Machinery Directive maintenance Prevention Safety Security security system system takeovers

Gate Satefy Systems

Century Electronic Security Ltd take safety seriously, measures taken on every installation ensure you the client have not only the best quality products to match your requirements but also the safest, that comply with all current safety legislation.

In June 2010, the tragic deaths of two young children inseparate incidents less than one week apart served to highlight the safety issues facing the UK gate automation industry. This was particularly the case since these tragedies followed so soon after the conviction of a gate manufacturer for breaches of health and safety law inrelation to an earlier child fatality.

The legal position is that powered gate systems are considered to be “machinery”. This means that, by law,every new powered gate, when it is put into service, must comply with the European Machinery Directive(2006/42/EC), especially the Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements, be CE marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity. The Health and SafetyExecutive has lead responsibility for enforcement of this legislation, which has been transposed into UK law as theSupply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. The responsibility for complying with the law rests with the responsible person which will be either the manufacturer,supplier or installer, depending on the circumstances.

The key to compliance with the law is risk assessment,which includes identifying the hazards, estimating theseverity and likelihood of each hazard, followed by an evaluation to determine whether each hazard is adequately controlled and, if it is not, what further action needs to be taken to control the risk; the principal aim isto secure compliance with the Machinery Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements.

Some guidance on hazards presented by powered gates is given below. There are also European standards covering safety requirements and test methods; use of these standards will simplify risk assessment and compliance may also create a presumption of compliance with the law. It should, however, be noted that these standards were, for the most part, writtenfor use in a factory environment and it may not be possible to carry out all the necessary tests where a gate is created on site.A brief description of the available standards is given.

Responsibilities of the installer/manufacturer

A new powered gate installation must comply with the Machinery Directive, particularly the safety requirements set out in theEssential Health and Safety Requirements. In most cases, the final responsibility for ensuring this will lie with the installer. Thiswould apply in all of the following situations:

• The installer manufactures the gate and drive unit, including the controller

• The installer manufactures the gate, but uses controllers and drive units from another manufacturer

• The installer buys the gate, controllers and drive units from other manufacturers, and commissions the final assembly

However, when a complete gate is placed on the market, such as a “factory manufactured” gate supplied with all ancillary parts (all drive units, safety devices, and control units), and comprehensive installation and setting instructions, the person placing the product on the market will have the responsibility of complying with the Machinery Directive. The installer still has responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the gate has been installed correctly and safely in accordance with those instructions, including any adjusting and setting of the safety devices.

To recieve a free no obligation risk assesment of your existing Gate system or if you are considering installing a new gate or gate automation system call Century on 0800 052 6070.

Preventing Electrical Fires

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on September 1st, 2014 @ 3:37 PM
Tagged with: Addressable Fire Alarm System Electrical Fires Fire Fire Alarm System Fire Security Prevention Safety Security

Electrical fires pose one of the more disastrous dangers involved within the home environment. Fires caused by faulty or malfunctioning wiring can quickly get out of control and can be very difficult to extinguisher as they often start behind walls. A bad electrical fire can even cause you to lose an entire home. Taking simple steps to learn how to prevent an electrical fire from happening will help keep your home and your family safe from this potential threat...

Avoid overloading electrical circuits

This is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce the risk of an electrical fire (and is also one of the most effective). Each circuit in your home is only designed to deliver so much electricity at one point, and stressing these circuits by drawing too much power can cause the wires to deteriorate and spark. You can avoid over loading your circuits by minimising the amount of electrical equipment you plug into each outlet. 

Have an old home? Older houses have fewer circuits, as plug-in appliances and equipment were not as numerous when the home was first built. A costly, but effective measure to reduce stress on each circuit is to have an electrician run new wiring and install a new circuit breaker on your electrical panel.

Replace/remove frayed wiring

Frayed wiring, either in an appliance power cord or in your homes wiring poses a major risk of an electrical fire. Appliance wiring in various gauges can be purchased from hardware stores, and replacing frayed wiring on small appliances and electronics is a job well within reach.

While electrical tape can be used to provide temporary protection against melting or arcing of exposed conductors, it should not be used a as a permanent solution.

Replace all old wiring

Electrical wiring only has a lifespan of about 30-40 years, so homes that are older than that may be relying on deteriorated wiring. In addition, older wiring set ups were not typically designed to handle today's large electrical loads. 

Having an electrician replace all or most of your homes wiring is a very expensive upgrade, but will provide a virtual guarantee against electrical fires for decades.

P.A.T Testing

(Portable Appliance Testing is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure that they are safe to use in the home or business). 

All electrical products, such as extension cords, batteries, plug-ins and surge protectors should include the PAT Tested logo (see right) to ensure that they meet the regulation for electrical safety.

Some products such as extension cords and batteries are often counterfeited using cheap copper which poses a great fire risk.

Simple Tips on Preventing Shoplifting

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on August 11st, 2014 @ 09:35 AM
Tagged with: Break-in Burglar Alarm Burglary CCTV CCTV System Safety Security

The theft Act 1968 says that "a person who dishonestly takes property belonging to another, with the intention of permanently depriving the other of that property is guilty of theft".

Your primary goal as a business owner should be to deter shoplifters from your business and to prevent theft from occurring in the first instance. While security cameras can help to identify suspects after a theft occurs, they are not enough to deter a potential criminal on certain occasions. There is plenty of ways you, as a business owner, can do to prevent a shop lifting event happen.

  • Greet your customers: By greeting your customers as soon as they enter the store, you remove the anonymity of the customer. Shoplifters are known to avoid stores with attentive salespeople, so may be take this into consideration during staff training.
  • Enforce a shoplifting policy: Post the policy you have created so that both employees and customers are aware of it. Offer ongoing training for your employees so that they understand how to prevent and handle a shoplifter if a situation does occur. Remember that it can be quite daunting approaching someone who you feel might be a criminal so it is important that your staff are fully prepared.
  • Keep the main targeted items away: Keep the commonly stolen goods in plain view to discourage shoplifters. Place the items in areas such as the front of the store, near the cash register or in another highly visible area.
  • Organise stock items: A disorganised store tells a shoplifter that the employees are not paying attention to their surroundings. It is important that you maintain clean racks, shelves and dressing rooms. Also keep your display shelves low and install adequate lighting to maintain clear visibility throughout the store and there are no dark areas.
  • Watch for the clues: Watch for the customers that walk into your store and straight away avoid eye contact, seem nervous, wander the store, constantly look at store employees or exhibit any other suspicious behaviour. Always approach shoppers who exhibit suspicious behaviours and ask if they need help, as this is often enough to deter potential shoplifters. 
  • Walk the store: Encourage your employees to walk around the store and down various isles (particularly down past the walls).
  • Fitting rooms: Set up a system where customers are required to see a salesperson before using the fitting rooms. Post signs in the fitting room warning against shoplifting and the consequences people will face if they do.


Please always ensure that your personal safety is your first concern. Staff should be trained in procedures for dealing with shoplifting incidents.

Top Tips for Holiday Security this Summer 2014

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on July 29th, 2014 @ 1:18 PM

If you are planning on spending time away from your home this summer - make sure that you return to it as you left it! Century Electronic Security Ltd has provided you our Top Tips on how to ensure that your property stays safe while you are on holiday. 

  1. If you have newspapers or milk delivered to your house daily, remember to inform them of the dates that you are going away. Leaving a build up of these items can show a potential intruder you are not at home.
  2. Tell your neighbours that you are going away so that if they see anything out of the norm, they know to report it to the necessary person (be it yourself or the police). 
  3. If you have an existing alarm system ensure that it is working correctly and efficiently by having it serviced regularly. You should also update the keyholders so that the most appropriate person is contacted while you're away.
  4. Use automatic switches to turn on your radio, TV or lights around your house.
  5. Keep valuable items such as iPads, iPods, tablets and laptops stored away and out of site.
  6. Don't have your home address shown on your luggage for the outward journey.
  7. Before you leave, double check all locks on doors, garages, windows and sheds are fully locked and safe.
  8. Use motion detection outdoor security lighting to light up your property at night when someone walks onto your land.
  9. Provide contact information to your neighbours incase of an emergency.
  10. Do not advertise on social networking that you are going away on holiday
  11. Before you leave we insist that you have one last check around the building, ensuring that there are no open windows or valuables left on show.
  12. Lastly, have a good holiday!

Security System Takeovers

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on July 15th, 2014 @ 3:11 PM
Tagged with: Access Control Access Control Intercom CCTV System Fire Alarm Fire Alarm System Intruder Alarm Systems maintenance monitoring system takeovers

Are you left confused or unhappy after your security system has been serviced?

Do you feel you are not getting your monies worth?

Are you paying too much?

Do you want a faster engineer response?

At Century Electronic Security Ltd, we can take-over the maintenance and monitoring of any Fire & Security System which has been installed or maintained by any other Security Company.

We understand that you have your own requirements and relevant regulations and we can design and implement a service and maintenance package in accordance to these.

Why should you switch to us

At Century Electronic Security we regularly receive calls from customers who ask us if we will take over their existing Security System. Here are a few reasons why people decide to transfer their system maintenance over to us;

  • Their existing company or installer is impossible to get ahold of when needed
  • They have received a poor level of service from their existing installer
  • The current installer or company cannot repair a fault or solve a problem correctly or efficiently
  • They have just moved into a new property, but don't have any details of the system
  • The existing company or installer has gone out of business
  • They are after a professional, well trained company

The systems we take-over

Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV Systems, Access Control, Intercoms, Automatic Gates and Parking Barriers

How do you start the take-over process?

Simply give Century Electronic Security a call or contact us online to enquire about taking over your already existing alarm system.

We will then provide you with a free, no obligation review of your system and a quotation to fix any present faults and take over the service, maintenance and monitoring.

Should you require any new equipment, we are here to advise on the best solution to ensure your home or business is fully covered


Why Choose Century?

  • We operate 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Comprehensive customer care
  • Highly trained engineers
  • Well established reputation
  • Using State of the art technology
  • Members of the SSAIB
  • Highly experienced consultants
  • Provide FREE site quotes
  • Fast responsive service
  • Speak to a representative not a robot
  • Installations meet with the latest British & European standards.


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