Century Electronic Security Blog
Posted by: Century on February 24th, 2014 @ 10:24 AM
Tagged with: Break-in Burglar Alarm Burglary Intruder Alarm Intruder Alarm Systems maintenance Safety Security security system system takeovers
It can be extremely easy to look over the security of your home by missing out on having your annual maintenance service for your Intruder Alarm System. But in missing this, can you be sure that you will be aware of an important issue (that could potentially be costly) before it is too late?
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a break-in to your property while your existing security system is not intact (having not been serviced and maintained), your insurance provider may use that against any claims that you try to make to replace any lost possessions, as well as repair any break-in damage to your home (such as a smashed window for entry).
Imagine arriving home after a holiday, work or even after a quick trip to the shops and seeing your front door wide open, your belongings trashed and most of your valuables and possessions missing - with your alarm system completely unaware.
After something like this happens, it can be very difficult to feel safe in your own home (the place you should feel safest in the first place) as every sound, bang and clatter no matter how familiar is viewed as a threat.
How can Century help?
In order to avoid such scenarios, Century Electronic Security Ltd recommends investing in an Intruder Alarm System that is regularly serviced by your provider, as it is vital any system is kept in good working order. A regular maintenance visit from one of our qualified and experienced engineers will ensure that any Security System remains effective and prevents any potential faults from occurring.
We can take over the maintenance on any security system which has been installed or maintained by any other security company. We understand that you have your own requirements and we can design and implement a service and maintenance package in accordance to these.
Talk to us today about Intruder Alarm Systems
Whether you have an existing Intruder Alarm System installed or you require a new Intruder Alarm installation, we can help you select the best solution to secure your home or business.
Please do not hesitate to contact us today on 0800 052 6070 and see exactly how we can keep you, your family and your property protected.
Posted by: Century on February 7th, 2014 @ 3:17 PM
Tagged with: Addressable Addressable Fire Alarm System Addressable System Conventional Conventional Fire Alarm System Conventional System Fire Alarm Fire Alarm System Fire Security maintenance Safety Security
Firstly, what is a Conventional Fire Alarm System?
It’s the most common type of system and is suitable for most small businesses such as shops, offices and warehouses. A number of call points and/or detectors are wired to the fire alarm control panel in zones. This is because if a detector detects smoke or fire, it can give you a rough idea as to where it is within the building. For example “smoke detector in alarm in the office lobby”. The accuracy of knowing where a fire has started is controlled by the number of zones the control panel has.
And what’s an Addressable Fire Alarm System?
Although very similar to a Conventional Fire Alarm system in that they both have detection zones, they have the added benefit of having sounders. Because additional sounder circuits are not required, the installation and cost is massively reduced. The detection circuit is wired as a loop and up to 99 devices may be connected to each individual loop. They are essentially Conventional Systems, but with an address built in. The address within each detector is set by a Dual-in-Line switch (DIL) and the control panel is programmed to display the information required when that particular detector is operated.
So what are the main differences?
- A Conventional Fire Alarm System is typically used in smaller businesses and properties (as stated above). They are usually less expensive than an Addressable System, but with this, they have limitations regarding reporting the exact location of the devices. For example they will display which zone is in alarm, but not which device (which can be a time waste if you have several devices within a large room).
- An Addressable Fire Alarm System can be programmed to show the exact device that is in alarm by a display on the panel. For example, the display may show “smoke detector in alarm on second floor outside room 4”. Because an Addressable System is so exact, it is a vital system to have installed on a larger business property as a time-saver (and potentially a life-saver) if there are any alarms.
- Addressable Systems can also give detailed information about individual detectors and also allow a courtesy text label to allow easy identification. For example detectors can be labelled after rooms such as “office lobby” or “office filing room”.
- Conventional Systems only give information about specific circuits or zones and can’t be labelled.
- Addressable Systems are wired in a ‘loop’.
- Conventional Systems are normally wired as radial circuits (only usable where each circuit connects to just one high power appliance).
- Most Addressable Systems allow for a ‘pre-alarm’ warning, which allows the responsible person to investigate a potential alarm before the system activates its sirens.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 052 6070.
Christmas is a great time of the year for burglars - with the expensive presents tucked under the tree and the definite chance of homeowners being out of their homes visiting family or for a holiday. We have an incredibly busier time during this festive season however, with the shopping, the Christmas tree and the decorating! But with this, we tend to look over one of the most important things - the protection of our own property. Your home is especially important during this time of year and home security should be considered a priority because unfortunately, burglars aren't discouraged by the cold, winter weather as it works completely in their favour. The darker and longer nights provide more hiding places and a longer period of time to make an attack before it gets lighter. This is why Century has provided 5 simple, yet effective methods on how to stay extra safe this Christmas. You'll be surprised as to how easy it is to lower the chance of an attack.
Don't leave Christmas gifts on show
It's always exciting to see presents tucked under the Christmas tree - especially for the little ones. But unfortunately, if your tree is near the front window of the house it can be a tempting invite for the wrong types of people. This is particularly dangerous if your presents are left in their branded packaging e.g. Apple, as these are known as an expensive product globally. Leaving these types of presents in sight could give a whole new meaning to the term "window shopping". So with this, it's very important that all presents are stored away from sight. Try standing outside of your property and looking in from an intruders perspective, you'll be surprised as to how much can be seen. We're not asking you to lock presents away... But to just lower the chance of giving a passer by that temptation.
Don't advertise new additions to the family
After Christmas has been and gone, discarded boxes of expensive items are left on show outside of the house. This is a big NO NO at Century as this simply advertises what has been added to your home contents and enables burglars to work out where they should focus their attention. If possible, try and break down any cardboard boxes that were given with TVs or laptops and seal them into the recycling bag. No one in their right mind is going to look through a recycling bag without getting a few strange looks!
Keep an eye on deliveries!
Online shopping is life saver when it comes to Christmas time. It saves the hassle of long queues, busy shopping centres and traffic. However shopping on line is more and more of a common place and according to Royal Mail two billion items were delivered over the Christmas period last year! Although it's a very easy option to take if you're working awkward hours, but never give permission for presents delivered to be left out side in a visible place. In doing this it provides a clear signal to a potential burglar that no one is at home. Wherever possible, try and have them delivered to somewhere you know they'll be safe e.g. with a neighbour or if permitted a workplace. If these are options you can unfortunately not take, make additional notes on purchasing your item to get left behind a back gate or in the back garden. As long as it can't be seen - temptation isn't given.
Lock those windows!
Although this will sound a little too obvious, but more than 40% of break-ins happen without forced entry. Scary right? This can happen because of many reasons, but one of the main causes of this is by outdoor lighting. This is because they are often powered from a power source inside the house and fed out through a window, meaning there is always going to be one window open. Make sure you check that all doors and windows are locked before leaving the house. Try not to forget about any windows that have wires running out of them and if possible, get a latch on the window. This makes it very difficult to open wider if attempted! During Christmas time especially, this is the very first thing a burglar will check for and by not locking windows, you leave everything in the hand of the intruder. Don't make this an easy job for them!
Although this isn't the most common thing to occur, especially in the UK, it is always something to be wary about. A Christmas carol singer might have the voice of an angel to get you in the mood for the festive season but could actually be a bogus caller, taking the opportunity to scope out your security. They could also just be a distraction, allowing other people to have access to the back of your property while they grab your attention at the front door. It's only a matter of seconds before someone is in your house and stealing something - you could have no idea.
Following our very simple tips is a great beginning, but you will always be at risk without an efficient Home Security System tailored to meet your requirements.
Give us a call today to arrange for our consultant to visit your home and provide you with a free quotation now on 0800 052 6070.
Stay safe this Christmas with Century. Season's Greetings!
The new rules - introduced by the Home Office - state that CCTV cameras should be used to protect & support people, not to spy on them.
The code states that: "The purpose... will be top ensure that individuals and wider communities have confidence that surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them, rather than spy on them.
\bThe Government considers that wherever overt surveillance in public places is in pursuit of a legitimate aim and meets a pressing need, any such surveillance should be characterised as surveillance by consent."
- More then 1.85 million CCTV cameras are in operation across Britain, according to Association of Chief Police Officers research in 2009.
- Most are operated by private companies, businesses & individuals.
- Some 51,600 CCTV cameras are controlled by local authorities, while 2,107 schools operate a further 47,806 cameras. More than 100,000 watch us while we use public transport.
- Campaigners say the code does not go far enough in ensuring CCTV systems are not misused.
Emma Carr, from civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, said CCTV remains a vital issue.
"We're getting an increasing amount of phone calls and letters from people who are concerned about their neighbours putting up CCTV cameras in their gardens, which cover their own private areas and sometimes look into their houses," she told Sky News.
"And then there's also the technological development in terms of CCTV. Facial recognition and HD CCTV cameras. Theses are all available online to pretty much anybody,"
Time & Attendance Systems are a useful and simple way to monitor the hours and attendance worked by employees, as well as providing invaluble information in case of an emergency. Using the latest IP networked terminals with Biometric, Barcode readers, Fingerprints, Proximity Tags, Swipe Cards & Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).
Whether you're a small or large business the many applications of Time & Attendance software will make it a valuble addition to your administrative system. By providing accurate records and reports, saving your administrative staff time consuming tedious work prone to errors, you'll be serving the best interests of yourself and your employees in contributing to a very successful business.
- Reduces Errors - Time & Attendance software reduces the risk of human error and ensures an easy, impartial and an orderly approach in addressing specific needs without any confusion.
- Increases Security - Together with Biometric data collection devices may be used to control employee access to certain areas with a facility and track employee entry. Biometric data collection also eliminates buddy punching and also helps reduce costly liabilities, including theft or property or equipment.
- Cuts Costs Down - By implementing a technology based Time & Attendance System with Biometric devices, you will cut down costs. Manually collecting, managing, calculating and processing time data to process payroll can take up a lot of time and money, but with an Automated Time & Attendance System, companies are able to increase efficiency and save money.
- Employee Satisfaction - Employees will be a lot happier as Time & Attendance Systems guarentee timely and accurate pay. Further by eliminating time sheets, or mechanical time cards, employers are able to improve relations by giving employees secure access at their discretion to personal data.
It is vital that any Fire & Security System is kept in good working order. A regular maintenance visit from one of our qualified and experienced engineers will ensure that all Fire & Security Systems remain effective and prevent faults from occuring.
At Century Electronic Security Ltd we can supply, install and maintain a variety of Time & Attendance Security Systems. We can advise and guide you to choose the correct system to meet your specific requirements.
Please dont hesitate to give us a call on free phone 08000526070 if you feel you would benefit from having one of our Time & Attendance Security Systems installed into your home or business.