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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.

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.

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


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.

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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