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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.

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.

How can an Access Control System improve your Businesses Security?

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on May 20th, 2014 @ 2:56 PM
Tagged with: Access Control Access Control Intercom Audio Entry Coded Entry DDA Security Entry Disabled Access Intercom Systems Safety Security security system Video Entry

If you are a business owner looking to improve productivity within your business, you have to employ the right security measures to protect not only your valuable assets but your employees.

When your business area is secured, your employees will feel secure too and they can then focus better on their jobs. Not only this, but you as the business owner will not have to worry about your commercial property being targeted by criminals.


Currently, there are many different Access Control Systems that can be applied to your business to improve the security, such as:

  • Biometrics
  • Card or Fob Entry 
  • DDA Security
  • Coded Entry
  • Video or Audio Entry

Whether your businesses requirements may be from large security systems to minor entry systems, we at Century Electronic Security offer the highest standards of care and equipment, giving you peace of mind that you are completely protected. Please see below for how you are set to benefit if you were to invest in an Access Control System:

You have complete control...

When it comes to a business's security, we take matters seriously. As a business owner you don't want to be staying up late at night wondering if your business will be safe or not. But once you have an Access Control System installed; only authorised staff members and individuals can have access to certain premises. To gain entry to them, they must have been given their own personal business PIN, ID Cards or Fobs or registered with the Biometric System (finger print recognition or iris scanner) to be identified and granted access.

Added protection to your most valuable assets...

Valuable assets can be a range of products, dependent on your businesses nature. Assets can be office computers and stationery to cars and shop merchandise. Installing an Access Control System will help you to restrict the traffic to the most delicate areas of your premises. Even when all employees and visitors have been screened, certain information and assets must only be used, seen or authorised personnel. When access is restricted in a particular area (like a stores rooms for parts or products), anyone who attempts to steal or carry out malicious activity within this area will find it very difficult to do so!

Easy to scale up - big or small...

Whether you are a small business or a large business, you need a system that will fit your security requirements, whilst allowing you to expand as your business grows. Access Control Systems are easy to scale up and can be used on more than one site, meaning you'll be safe in the knowledge that even when you need to set up a new location, your security requirements will be taken care of.


When you are able to control who gets into your premises and how they can move once they are inside, the risks of theft are then greatly lowered. 

If you require an Access Control System for your company or would like to find out more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on our FREEPHONE on 0800 052 6070 and we will help you find the right system to suit your businesses demands.


Or, if you would like to find out about our range of Access Control Systemsplease click here.

How To Minimise False Alarms

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on March 20th, 2014 @ 10:53 AM
Tagged with: Burglar Alarm Burglary Intruder Alarm Intruder Alarm Systems maintenance Safety Security security system system takeovers Wired Wired Alarm Systems Wireless Wireless Alarm Systems

False alarms are a problem for everyone. They can be a nuisance to not only yourself, but to your neighbours especially! It is an ongoing effort to reduce the number of false alarms our customers and non-customers experience. Here are a few simple tips on how to eliminate false alarms.

  • Have your Intruder Alarm System installed by a qualified and reputable Electronic Security Company.
  • Ensure that you have your system maintained and serviced once a year by a professional company, as this will help prevent potential faults from occurring and ensures that all parts are in good working order.
  • Regularly inspect all detectors for signs of dust, spiders, webs, moisture or anything else that could trigger the alarm when armed.
  • Ensure you are provided with an Intruder Alarm System Manual.
  • Make sure that any panic buttons are not easily accessible to children and/or pets.
  • If you have a Wireless System, ensure that all batteries are changed regularly.
  • Do not leave balloons or other moveable items in a room that has a motion detector
  • Eliminate any rodents or other pests/insects (as these are the most common causes of false activations on alarms)
  • Ensure that everyone using the system has been trained to do so and knows all of the codes needed
  • Upgrade aging or outdated equipment as older systems are far more prone to false alarms.
  • In the event of a false alarm activation, investigate what the cause was and take the necessary steps to ensure that it doesn't occur again.
  • Regularly test your Intruder Alarm System to make sure that it is functioning correctly.

Talk to us today about Intruder Alarm Systems

If you require any more information about maintenance and service packages for your system, please do not hesitate to contact us on our freephone 0800 052 6070.

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  • We operate 24/7, 365 days a year
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  • Highly trained engineers
  • Well established reputation
  • Using State of the art technology
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  • Fast responsive service
  • Speak to a representative not a robot
  • Installations meet with the latest British & European standards.


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