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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.

Analogue Vs. IP Cameras

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on May 30th, 2014 @ 10:11 AM
Tagged with: Analogue CCTV CCTV System IP Cameras maintenance Safety Security security system Video Entry

When looking for a CCTV Security System for your home or your business, one of the main decisions you need to make is whether to go with an IP or Analogue System. There are many differences between the two, yet the main difference is the way in which the video signal is delivered.

Analogue Cameras turn the video signal into a format that can be received by televisions and monitors. IP Cameras however (also known as an IP Network Camera) digitalize the video signal using a specialised encoder, which contains an onboard web server.

At Century Electronic Security Ltd, we can advise and guide you to chose the best system to meet your specific home or business requirements.

Analogue Cameras

The advantages:

  • The Installation and the cameras themselves are a lot cheaper than IP Cameras (however, research shows that IP prices are continually lowering)
  • Almost every Analogue CCTV Camera will plug into any DVR, allowing you to easily customise and upgrade your system whenever.
  • They require very little maintenance, although we do strongly recommend an annual service to be taken out by a qualified engineer, who will check the complete system thoroughly to prevent any potential faults from occurring.
  • Analogues can also perform better in low light and darkness. This is because most use either a CCD image sensor or Infra-Red, allowing cameras to record images even if they are in complete darkness.

The disadvantages: 

  • Analogue Cameras can only produce a maximum of 700TVL (which is equivalent to around 0.4 megapixels)
  • They can't cover large distances, so this will require more cameras. (Not only this, but getting cameras to work over broad ranges is proved quite difficult)
  • Many basic Analogue Cameras lack some of the more advanced features such as digital zoom or tilting.
  • The signals are less secure and can be intercepted or viewed by anyone with access to the cabling. 

IP Cameras

The advantages:

  • IP Cameras can range from 1.3 megapixels to 8 megapixels and this resolution is retained by the NVR (meaning that you will see the same level of play back from your recorded footage)
  • They can cover a much wider area than a standard Analogue Camera (a single megapixel camera can often cover the same area as up to four Analogue Cameras)!
  • The main advantage to an IP Camera is the ability it has to add on cameras by plugging into any network connection.
  • They can be simply wired into the nearest network switch where it uses the existing network infrastructure to take the signals back to the DVR.
  • The IP Camera has encryption built into them, providing for a more secure network. Interference is also not a problem with any IP based model

The disadvantages:

  • Because of the additional technology that is built into each camera, the cost is generally higher. 
  • They deliver great megapixel resolution, but do not handle low light well. However, if needed, separate IR Illuminators can be added onto the camera (again, at another cost)
  • An IP megapixel surveillance system is set up specifically to work with the network protocol it is designed for, meaning different IP Cameras and NVR brands may not be compatible.

5 Simple Ways of Staying Safe this Christmas

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on November 29th, 2013 @ 10:07 AM
Tagged with: CCTV Christmas Intruder Alarm maintenance Safety Security security system

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!


Christmas Carols

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!

CCTV Code Of Practice Comes Into Force

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on August 12nd, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
Tagged with: CCTV Code of practice

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,"

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