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farm security

Theft from farms is on the rise, with crime statistics showing crime levels have doubled since this time last year. With the increase of crime, there should be more focus on farm security systems. Do you have yours in place yet?  

In 2016, rural crime cost the UK £39.2 million and it doesn't seem to be improving in 2017. With agricultural vehicle theft being the most common (and expensive) form of crime, farm security systems are more important than ever before. Other items that are frequently stolen include:

  • Tools & Garden equipment
  • Livestock
  • ATV/Quad
  • 4X4s
  • Trailers 
  • Oil
  • Tractors

This type of crime causes distress, loss of money and increased workload for many farmers. If you own a farm, you'll know it is difficult to keep your eye on all of your equipment and livestock at all times, which is why we've put together some tips to help you increase your farm security. 

Tips to Improve Your Farm Security

  • Install CCTV Around Your Farm

Not only is CCTV an effective part of farm security systems, it can also help deter criminals. If a potential thief is looking to steal from your farm, the first thing they will do is look for any cameras that may incriminate them. If you have installed CCTV on your property, those watchful cameras may make them think twice. Furthermore, if they do not notice the cameras, you will have clear evidence to find the culprit. 

Take a look at our CCTV systems here > 

  • Think About Intruder Alarms

Do you want to know when someone unauthorised enters your property? CCTV can show you when an intruder enters, but you will not know unless you are watching your CCTV cameras 24/7. The Intruder Alarms we stock here at IDS Security will alert the relevant emergency services if any of the following incidents occur. 

              - Unauthorised intruders

              - Personal attacks

              - Fires

              - Medical emergencies 

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  • Use Door Entry Systems to Prevent Breaking & Entering 

Many thieves gain access to places that are either unlocked or have a weak level of security. Cheap padlocks and chains can easily be broken, but a door entry system is harder to break through. Computerised door entry systems provide a much higher level of farm security, as not only are they harder to break into, the fob key is harder to replicate than a standard key. 

Our Door Entry Systems can be operated by contactless smart cards, key fobs or even biometrics. This allows you to have complete control over who enters the enclosed areas on your farm. 

Find out more about our Door Entry Systems here > 

We are dedicated to improving security across the UK here at IDS Security. If you think we could help you improve your farm security with our state-of-the-art security systems please get in touch on 02920 753 251. 

CCTV Maintenance

CCTV cameras are fast becoming one of the most popular security options we offer here at IDS. Surveillance cameras offer added security that allows you to monitor the premises of your property which deters crime, but also records video evidence if a crime is committed. This extra security measure gives you peace of mind that you are taking safety precautions that make your property extra secure.

Some security companies will guide you through the buying process but leave your security system for you to install and maintain. At IDS, we are with you through the whole process - we will help you select the best security system to suit you, install it, and provide CCTV maintenance thereafter. 

CCTV maintenance is key to ensuring that your security system is performing it's best at all times. The last thing you want is to ignore CCTV maintenance and find out it wasn't working in the event of a crime. Like all technology, if you want it to work to the best of its ability, maintenance is key. We offer maintenance for all the CCTV systems we supply so if you are looking to have one installed, learn more about what we offer here

We use state-of-the-art surveillance technology including radio transmission, fibre optic transmission, digital recording and computer monitoring to make sure you are as secure as possible. We understand there isn't a 'one size fits all' solution to security, so we will work with you to ensure we have taken all your requirements into consideration when advising you on your CCTV system.

Our CCTV systems include:

  • PTZ Cameras
  • IP Cameras & Surveillance
  • External CCTV Detection Units
  • Digital Video Recorder and NVR
  • Hard Drive Recorders

If you have any questions about our CCTV maintenance service or any of the other services feel free to get in touch. Our expert team is happy to help you with your query so contact us today.

what is access control

Whether it’s unwelcome parents-in-law, salespeople or someone that you consider an actual risk, you should be able to control who can enter your property. No one likes being surprised by an unwanted guest, and if you are worried about how secure your property is, it may be time to start thinking about access control systems. If you’re not sure what access control is, we can help! Keep reading to learn more:

What Is Access Control?


Access control is the security system installed that allows you to regulate who can enter a property. This could be control over a single internal door or a fully computerised multi-site network of control points. By choosing a method in which people can enter a property, you choose who has the authority to enter - even without someone manually guarding the door or carpark, etc. Access control can be installed in residential or commercial properties, wherever you think may benefit from this extra security measure.

What Access Control Can I Install?


There are various options for an access control system. At IDS, we have a selection of advanced access control systems to choose from, so each of our customers can pick something that suits them and their specific requirements. Some of the systems we supply are:

Key Fob Security Systems
This popular choice is a simple way to install an access control system to your property. A key fob system reduces the need for a manned security system as those provided with fobs can let themselves into the building. The fob works as an electronic key, however, unlike a key you can control when the fob authorises or declines access without having to change your locks. This is great for residential and commercial buildings where there are a number of people who need access.

Biometric Access Control Systems
Biometric systems may sound futuristic, but they are very much a part of today’s security options. They authorise access through human characteristics such as fingerprints or palm prints. This cutting edge technology gives you access control over who can enter the building without you having to authorise their attempts each time they try.

Automated Barrier Systems
If it’s a car park rather than an entrance you would like to control, an automated barrier system is perfect. These barriers can be controlled by radio, or as a part of a fully integrated access control system. If you want to manage what cars enter a car park this is the system to choose

If you want to learn more about our advanced access control systems, click here. We install and maintain advanced security systems to give you the reassurance you need. To ask any questions about any of our services, feel free to contact us today.

Fire Alarms

In the event of a fire, a fire alarm is usually one of the first indicators that there is something wrong. But are fire alarms required by law? 

Most households feel safer and more comfortable if their home is fitted with a working fire alarm, so it's hard to imagine a world without these helpful warnings. According to the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, you're twice as likely to die in a fire if you don't have a smoke alarm that works and 90 people die each year because their smoke alarm battery was flat or missing. 

Are fire alarms required by law?

If you're a landlord, yes. Fire alarms are required by law within all of your properties. In the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, all private sector landlords are required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property.

Landlords must also ensure the fire alarms work at the start of each new tenancy. Furthermore, each room which contains a solid fuel burning appliance, like a wood burning stove or a coal fire, must be fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm. 

As it has past 1st of October 2015, all Landlords are now legally required to have working fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems installed in their rented accommodation. 

If you own a business, it is also stated in the UK fire alarm regulations that all business premises much have an appropriate fire detection system. If any Landlords or Business Owners do not comply with these rules, they will face a fine.  

To read the full Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 here. 

Do you need a fire alarm in your own home?

Though it is not illegal to be without a fire alarm in your home, it could affect your home insurance. If you have a fire alarm, many home insurance plans may provide a small discount on the cost of your cover.

However, if you tell your insurer that you have working fire alarms and it is found that they were not working when the fire happened, your payout may be reduced. They may even turn your claim down altogether. 

Therefore, whether you're letting, working, renting or a homeowner, it is advisable to always have a working fire alarm fitted in your premises. 

Where can I get a fire alarm? 

Here at IDS Security Systems, we specialise in fitting and supplying to latest fire detection technology. We have 20+ years of experience with fire alarm systems, and we provide a call our engineering service that is available around-the-clock. 

Our alarm systems include the following.

  • Conventional Fire Alarms
  • Addressable Fire Alarm Systems
  • Wireless Fire Alarm Systems

You can read more about our alarm systems here. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss our fire alarms further, you can contact us here or get in touch on 02920 753 251. 

Everyone wants to ensure their property is protected! And one of the most effective ways to do so, other than installing laser guided missiles, is by fitting Outdoor CCTV Cameras to your property. CCTV security systems are a great as they allow you to monitor your premises, and allow you to catch break-ins on film.

When selecting your outdoor CCTV camera system you may be tempted to purchase a cheap system, and just install it yourself; however, you shouldn't cut corners when it comes to securing your property, and that's why you should contact an expert who will install a CCTV system that meets your requirements, to ensure your property is adequately protected.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing IDS Security Systems to install your outdoor CCTV cameras will allow you to choose a system that will precisely meet your requirements; allows you to have your security system to be fitted by a security specialist, who will install your camera to provide you with optimum coverage; and will enable you to integrate your outdoor CCTV camera with your other security systems, offering you a comprehensive coverage. 

We've been installing CCTV camera systems and other security systems for decades, and where confident that we'll be able to install a surveillance system that will beat your expectations. We supply a range of systems from PTZ & IP Cameras to Video and Hard Drive Recorders, offering you a wide range of coverage.

If you choose us for your surveillance system installation, some of the services you'll be provided with include:

  • A site visit from a security professional to assess your security needs.
  • Our professional security installer will also ensure that your system is installed correctly and is fully functional before leaving.
  • If you decide to take out a maintenance contract, you will have access to a call-out and engineering services, 24 hours a day, all year around. 

If you're in need of outdoor CCTV camera system to protect your property, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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