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Choosing a security system for your property or business premises is an important decision to make, bringing with it some serious safety implications.

As such, choosing a security system that’s fitting, effective and right for you is vital in keeping your property safe and sound.

 

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Choosing a security system

Here at IDS Security, we take home and business protection seriously. This is reflected in our wide range of high-tech options and top-of-the-line security measures.

Our services can be split into two primary forms of security – domestic and commercial. These are categorised as the following:

 

Home security systems

Remotely supervised by a central monitoring station for heightened security, our home security systems offer state-of-the-art domestic safety measures, designed for proficient property protection.

Designed to securely protect your property and its contents, including your loved ones, the mere presence of our home security systems is enough to ward off potential intruders. What’s more, they are also successful in reducing the cost of home insurance.

With IDS home security, we can inform the relevant emergency services the very moment your alarm is triggered, ensuring your property is protected at all times, even when you’re not around.

 

Business security systems

When it comes to protecting your business premises from theft and fire damage, IDS Security is second to none.

Boasting a variety of flexible options that can be combined and tailored to suit your business needs, a full package of precautionary measures can turn your premises into a veritable Fort Knox.

Our in-house security professionals are seasoned experts backed by decades of knowledge and experience. Their expertise can make finding an appropriate package for your business a breeze, with secure installation to boot.

Our special maintenance package even includes round the clock monitoring of your security systems, providing 24/7 protection of your premises for the ultimate peace of mind.

 

What’s the best security system?

When it comes to knowing what’s the best security system for your property or business, it’s worth knowing exactly what’s available.

At IDS, we have a whole host of options that are fantastic security solutions for both domestic properties and commercial premises, each with their own unique perks and benefits.

 

Surveillance cameras

Available in flexible packages ranging from conventional, single-camera CCTV format all the way up to multi-site modern digital systems, our surveillance camera options provide secure visual documentation of the daily goings on at your property.

 

Security alarms

With year-round monitoring, and engineers on call at any time of the day with our maintenance contract, our security alarm service is as comprehensive as it gets when it comes to building security. Designed to alert the emergency services of any unscrupulous activity, as well as other incidents such as fires and medical emergencies.

 

Access control/door entry

Whether it’s single door use or a multisite network of control points, our magnetic door release options can be used to secure both internal and external doors. Each door can be secured further using either a smart card, key fob, intercom or even biometrics, depending on your preference.

 

Fire protection

With over 20+ years of fire detection experience, our team of specialists can design, install and maintain a fire alarm for your premises, be it commercial, public or residential. Includes 24-hour monitoring, cutting-edge technology and an unrivalled call out service for maintained customers.

 

Security barriers

In addition to the above, we also offer security barriers for control and access limitation of on-site vehicles and pedestrians. These range from gates and barriers to rising bollards and turnstiles, providing manual or automated accessibility, as well as remote control capabilities.

 

Whichever option you choose, you can rest assured your property/premises is safe and sound with IDS Security systems. To find out more, call 029 20 753 251 today or click the button below to get in touch online.

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There’s no disputing the fact that fire alarms save lives. Moreover, they also save buildings, businesses and homes too, making them a hugely beneficial addition to any property.

However, that’s not to say they are perfect. Like any safety appliance, fire alarms can also cause issues, particularly if they’re triggered by mistake.

False fire alarms are a massive burden to firefighters nationwide and cost the fire service untold amounts of time, money and resources.

As such, preventing false fire alarms should be a priority for any business owner with fire safety measure in place.

 

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Implications of False Fire Alarms

According to the London Fire Brigade, there were an astounding 38,000 false fire alarms in 2017. That figure equates to 104 false calls a day!

Not only is this a waste of time for the hard-working men and women of the fire brigade, it’s also taking up precious time that could be better spent elsewhere, attending real emergencies and saving those in need.

What’s more, false alarms are also dangerous in how they effect the reactions of those in ear-shot and can breed complacency amongst those on-site.

If your workers are pre-conditioned by previous false alarms to believe an alarm doesn’t need their urgent attention, a real incident can result in slowed reactions which can translate to catastrophe.

 

False Fire Alarm Penalty UK

Local authorities have been toying with the idea of implementing a false fire alarm fine system for several years now; however, nothing has been set in stone as of this writing. That being said, persistent false-callers and re-offenders may be charged if proposed plans continue.

As of June 2019, London Fire Brigade planned to implement charges if they attended eight false alarms at the same site within 12 months, with further plans to charge for every additional false call-out that occurred thereafter.

Furthermore, while there isn’t an official system in place for a UK false fire alarm penalty at the moment, that’s not to say that a false fire alarm doesn’t incur some hefty costs all the same. If fire brigade resources are taken up unnecessarily, it could well hinder the treatment of a very real fire elsewhere.

 

Common Causes of False Fire Alarms

Fire alarms can be inadvertently set off for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from the logical to downright trivial. If your fire alarm isn’t well maintained or overly sensitive, you could be at risk of a false alarm.

It’s also important to have the right fire alarms in place for your property and the occupancy. Fitting a fire alarm system that’s not appropriate for your business or premises could well lead to a false fire alarm down the line.

Meanwhile, competent installation can also have an effect on performance, as can efficient maintenance thereafter. A slap-dash job of installing is a recipe for disaster, while lack of care can render the system useless.

 

Preventing False Fire Alarms

To prevent false fire alarms from affecting your premises, it’s universally recommended that you enlist the aid of an expert.

Professional attention can guarantee correct installation of the right system for your business, immediately reducing the risk of a false call out and the many knock-on effects they incur.

At IDS, our team of specialists can help you choose the right fire system for your business and install it professionally to the highest standards possible.

With over 20 years of experience, we also offer round the clock monitoring and a 24/7 call out service for maintained customers, offering unrivalled peace of mind and professional care.

 

Fire safety is no time to cut corners and take shortcuts. Call IDS today on 029 20 753 251 or click the button below to keep your premises safe and secure.

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CCTV is a wise addition to any business premises. In fact, it should really be considered a pre-requisite.

The benefits of CCTV for businesses are lofty and wide-ranging, providing recorded monitoring of your site. These recordings can be invaluable should a criminal incident occur.

What’s more, even the mere presence of a visible CCTV camera can act as a crime deterrent, with the ability to put off would-be thieves and vandals by simply being there in eye-shot.

Police reports indicate that over 1000 burglaries occurred in Rhondda Cynon Taf between May 2018 and April 2019. Needless to say, for businesses in Rhondda Cynon Taf, CCTV can be extremely important.

 

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Why IDS?

At IDS Security, we offer knowledgeable advice and expert guidance, backed by over 20 years of industry experience.

We continually strive to remain up to date on the cutting edge of CCTV technology to ensure we provide the most fitting security solutions for today’s marketplace.

As a result, our CCTV services are truly state of the art, utilising fibre-optic transmission, computer monitoring and modern digital recording to provide the most effective security measures available.

When it comes to CCTV, Rhondda Cynon Taf is in good hands with IDS Security.

 

Types of CCTV for Rhondda Cynon Taf

With our wide range of security cameras, Rhondda Cynon Taf businesses are virtually spoilt for choice when it comes to CCTV options.

From traditional CCTV cameras to high-tech digital recorders, we can provide a close-circuit solution that’s right for you and your business.

Our CCTV services include the following:

PTZ Camera

IP Cameras & Surveillance

External CCTV Detection Units

Digital Video Recorder and NVR

Hard Drive Recorders

 

For an in-depth run-down of our extensive CCTV services, call now on 029 20 753 251 and speak with one of our helpful advisors. Alternatively, get in touch online using the button below and we’ll respond in due course.

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For many modern businesses, the term “security” is often immediately associated with firewalls, anti-virus and spyware protection. However, physical security of the premises themselves can be just as important, if not more so.

While cybersecurity is undoubtedly extremely important in 2019 and beyond, lack of on-site protection and second-rate safeguarding can leave your business extremely vulnerable from a physical standpoint.

Think of it as locking your valuables in a safe before you go on holiday, only to leave the front door to your house wide open. One is only as good as the other and security across the board is vital.

 

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Crime Statistics

In figures released in April of 2019, the Office of National Statistics reported that 2018 saw a notable 11% increase in police recorded robbery offences. That should come as a stark warning to any business that values their property, premises and their personnel.

If you’re a business owner, general manager of decisionmaker in your working environment, it’s inherently important to take care of your staff and your inventory so be sure to bolster your security for your business with the appropriate safety measures.

 

Business Crime

The Crime Victimisation Survey published at the tail-end of 2018 revealed that there were almost 8.5 million crimes committed against businesses in the year of 2017. Somewhat expectedly, businesses in the wholesale and retail sector were hit hardest; however, the sheer magnitude of this fact was quite shocking.

Based on the CVS stats, out of the 8.5m reported crimes in their study, a whopping 8.1m of these were committed in the wholesale and retail industry. By contrast, the manufacturing industry allegedly saw just 117k crimes committed.

That being said, that doesn’t mean your business is off the hook if it lies outside of the wholesale/retail category. More than anything else, these statistics prove that thieves, burglars and robbers are extremely opportunistic and the slightest chink in the armour can be seen as a golden opportunity. As such, safeguarding your business is beyond important.

 

Crime Trends

Before you send out an office-wide alert striking fear into the hearts of all employees, it’s not all doom and gloom on the statistical front. An impending mugging is not an inevitability, so don’t feel the need to carry mace on every trip to the canteen.

While robbery has seen a dramatic increase, burglary has seen a marginal decrease with a 3% drop by the close of 2018. However, this comes following a 6% rise in March 2018 and a preceding 3% rise in March 2017. So, while it is good news, it’s a million miles from the all clear.

 

Security Solutions

Luckily, there are a variety of ways to improve your business security measures, many of which can be implemented with minimal fuss, disruption or inconvenience.

As experts in security, IDS Security Systems knows a thing or two about safeguarding businesses. We have been providing security solutions since 1996 and our experiences in that time make for good advice, particularly when it comes to business security.

In our experience, whether you’re a shop owner, an office manager or otherwise, there are certain security systems no business can afford to do without.

 

CCTV Cameras

From traditional CCTV systems to digital IP cameras, state-of-the-art surveillance is key for on-site security. Remote-controlled systems that provide remote enabling of site facilities (such as lights, doors and gates) can be particularly useful.

Intruder Alarms

A quality intruder alarm will provide 24/7 monitoring of your premises for round the clock updates and alerts. This can often be supplemented with on-call engineers to ensure complete year-round security.

Access Control Systems

Whether it’s a single door or a multi-site network, access control panels are ideal for secure internal and external entry points. These are commonly available for both electronic and magnetic door release and typically compatible with smart cards, fobs and intercoms for minimal disruption.

Security Barriers

Particularly useful for parking sites, public buildings and commercial properties, security barriers offer efficient control of vehicles and pedestrians to your site. These typically range in style from automated gates and barriers to rising bollards and turnstiles.

Fire Alarms

While not always crime related, fire alarms are one of the most important security measures for any property – commercial or domestic. Ensure the safety of your property and your workers with a comprehensive fire alarm that offers 24-hour supervision.

 

Business Crime Prevention

Whether you opt for all, some or a combination of the above, you can rest assured that your business is as safe and secure as possible. Stop crime on your dime and provide your workers with something money can’t buy – peace of mind.

 

For more information on security measures for your business, feel free to contact IDS Security Systems personally on 029 20 753 251 and discuss your business security in further detail.

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While the police and ambulance services equate for the majority of emergency call outs in the UK, the fire service is far from underused, with an incredible number of hazards attended throughout the year.

The sheer volume of fire-related emergency calls alone is proof that fires are a very real immediate danger to us all and not just something that affects other people.

As such, a working fire alarm is a vital piece of equipment for any property and efficient fire alarm maintenance to keep it in working order year-round is just as important.

 

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Fire Statistics UK

According to the gov.uk website, England’s Fire & Rescue Services attended over 167,000 fires between April 2017 and March 2018.

Incredibly, those figures equate to just around 460 fires a day on average – a sobering statistic that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Worse still, over 74k of these incidents were classified as “primary fires”, defined as any fire that occurs in a non-derelict building, vehicle or outdoor structure.

Of these, over 30k fires occurred in “dwellings” (i.e. houses, flats and caravans), while over 15.5k fires occurred in “other buildings” – including public venues like hotels, shops and restaurants – as well as places of work, such as offices, factories and warehouses.

 

Professional Fire Alarm Maintenance

Whether you’re responsible for fire alarm systems in a commercial setting, a public location or a residential property, efficient and effective fire alarm maintenance is of vital importance.

At IDS, we not only specialise in fire alarm design and installation, we also provide a professional maintenance package that’s tailored to you and your fire alarm system.

Our comprehensive fire alarm maintenance contract provides an extensive aftercare service, providing you with a reliable 24/7 call out service, for system monitoring at your beck and call.

 

Types of Fire Alarm Maintenance

Whether you have a conventional, addressable or wireless fire alarm, our expert staff can be on hand in no time to fix any manner fire alarm maintenance issues.

Any day, any time, we can be there to ensure your fire protection system is operating at full working capacity and functioning at optimal performance to keep you, the property and its contents safe.

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we pride ourselves on providing you with a service that offers genuine peace of mind that money can’t buy.

Don’t take the risk: stay protected with IDS fire alarm maintenance services today.

 

For more information, call 029 20 753 251 now or click the button below to get in touch online.

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