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commercial burglar alarm

If someone tries to force entry into your business premises, a commercial burglar alarm will provide a quick response to get the situation under control. Commercial burglar alarms work by alerting staff members on-site, passers-by or the emergency services that an intrusion is taking place. But how do you choose the right one for your business? With so many on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. The IDS Security System experts have put this guide together to help guide you.

Audible Alarms

Audible alarm systems work by, you guessed it, making a lot of noise until someone does something about it. They're designed to be so loud and piercing that the intruder won't be able to stand it and will vacate your property immediately... if you've ever heard one, you'll know what we mean. Generally, these alarm systems will continue to sound until they're manually switched off... not ideal if you live miles away from your business and it starts going off over the weekend! 

We don't usually recommend audible alarms for commercial premises for a few reasons. Firstly, they rely solely on the actions of individuals that are in or near to your commercial property. If no one is around at the time of the break-in, then the chances of it being reported to the police are pretty slim. Besides, if these alarms are triggered accidentally, they can cause a real disturbance for surrounding businesses. 

Having said that, there are a few commercial properties that might benefit from an audible only alarm system. For example, if you're a small business and you're friendly with the neighbouring businesses/homeowners then you can be fairly confident that they'll report a disturbance to the police and notify you straight away (they're also likely to be less disgruntled if it starts going off accidentally). These alarms are also good for 24-hour businesses (where someone is always on the premises), or for business owners who live very close to their businesses. 

That being said, this wouldn't be our first recommendation if you came to us looking for a commercial burglar alarm system. Nowadays, there are much more sophisticated systems on the market which will provide you with a higher level of security and control.

Monitoring Service

Commercial burglar alarms that are connected to a remote monitoring service are highly effective! Nowadays, most commercial property insurers will specify this level of alarm system as a minimum, so look out for this if you're a new start-up business. 

These commercial alarm systems work by contacting a monitoring service when the alarm is triggered. The monitoring service will then take a look at the situation and decide whether or not it's a false activation. If it's not a false activation and a break-in is occurring, the monitoring service will notify the relevant emergency services straight away. By filtering the activations, monitored alarms help to make sure that you're not wasting police time unnecessarily.

The response time is very quick and completely automatic which ensures that someone attends the property even if you, the business owner, are unable to do so yourself. Monitored alarms are perfect for all kinds of businesses, but are particularly beneficial for companies with multiple locations across the country or vulnerable businesses that might be targeted by professional/skilled burglars. 

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Here at IDS Security, we work with commercial businesses to create a burglar alarm system that suits their needs exactly. To choose the right commercial burglar alarm, we'd recommend thinking about your businesses security needs and tailoring the system to suit you!

If you're looking for a commercial burglar alarm system, don't hesitate to get in touch with our technicians for a free quotation today!

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The UK is still in the grip of a deadly coronavirus pandemic. New cases of COVID-19 are still being reported every day, so it remains important for all of us to do our bit to slow the spread of this disease.

One crucial precaution is to stay at home if you are displaying any of the following coronavirus symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Changes to your sense of smell or taste

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may be infected and should self-isolate at home in order to avoid infecting others.

But taking responsibility for your own health is one thing. What should you do if you're a business owner and one of your employees comes to work with one or more symptoms of COVID-19?

More...

best door entry system

 

When it comes to door entry systems there is no hard and fast answer about which is the 'best' one out there. The best door entry system for you depends on the why and where you plan to install it. Here are a few things to bear in mind if you're trying to decide which door entry system is the best for you.

Location

Commercial - If you're a business owner there are a few things to consider when you choose a door entry system:

  • Which door entry system will be most efficient for your employees?
  • Which system will provide the desired level of security commercial property?
  • Which locations need to be secured around the premises?

Residential - A homeowner's worst nightmare is burglary or theft. Here's what you should consider before choosing the best door entry system for your home:

  • How many people will be using it?
  • What level of security do you prefer for your home?
  • How much do you want to spend?

Best types of door entry system

Once you've considered the answers to the above questions, it's time to decide what type of door entry system is best for you! Let's take a look at some of the door entry systems we offer and explore why they might be the best for your property...

Key Fob Security Systems

  • One of the simpler door entry systems on the market, key fob security systems are easy for everyone to use. You'll often find key fob door entry systems outside blocks of flats, although they can be useful when employees need to pop in and out of the office frequently too.

Video Door Entry System

  • Ideal for monitoring your property while you're away, our video door entry systems are the best for residential properties. You can see who's ringing your doorbell without having to answer the door, and you can keep a close eye on people behaving suspiciously.

Security Barriers

  • Security barriers are a physical blockade between your property and the outside world. Generally, this might be considered a bit of a strange choice for a residential property where most people would install a gate or fence.  Security barriers work wonders in private car parks, making them the best door entry system for commercial properties. 

Do you need more help choosing the best door entry system for your property? Speak to one of our advisors today, we're more than happy to help. Call us on 029 20 753 251 now.

Chance & Counters is a board game café that opened in the centre of Cardiff. Spread over three storeys in a picturesque Victorian building on High Street, Chance & Counters is home to more than 500 board games, which visitors are encouraged to try out while they sample a variety of dishes and drinks.

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As one of Cardiff's leading security companies, IDS Security Systems Ltd were asked to provide a range security and fire protection solutions for the new café. Not only did we supply the cameras and alarms for Chance & Counters, we also designed the whole system and installed it ourselves. Our experienced engineers handled the job with their usual professionalism, and we are very proud to have been involved in this fantastic, unique addition to Cardiff's food and drink scene.

Photos from @IDSFireSecurity on Twitter

IDS supplied and installed the following systems:

If you require an expertly-designed security and/or fire protection system for your premises, please call IDS Security on 029 20 753 251 or enquire online to request a quotation. No job is too big, too small or too unusual!


No matter what sort of service your business provides, it's important to ensure that your site / building is secure. Many business owners look to heighten their security after an incident has occurred, but it's far better to take the necessary measures beforehand and prevent break-ins from happening in the first place.

To ensure that you don't fall victim to theft, here are a few tips to help you bolster the security of your business:

Ensure everything is locked

This may seem pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how many times people forget to lock a door or window because they're in a rush to leave at the end of the day. Slow down and give yourself time to ensure that everything is locked; if you can't remember whether or not you checked a particular entry point (e.g. 'Did I remember to lock the windows in the break room?') then check again.

Install CCTV cameras

Installing surveillance cameras will deter criminals and help to prevent thefts from occurring. CCTV cameras can be fitted in a wide variety of locations to provide you with comprehensive coverage. To learn about the surveillance services we can offer your business, click here.

Don't hand out keys to just anyone

Only issue keys to reliable and trustworthy staff members. You don't want to hand a key to an employee who is likely to lose it or forget to lock up properly. Ensure that each keyholder understands the full lock-up process.

Control who enters your building

Installing a door entry system is a great way to control who is and isn't able to enter your building. These systems can be operated by trusted members of staff using contactless smart cards or key fobs. Door entry systems prevent strangers from strolling through your building, and therefore increase the security of your workplace and the people inside. To take a look at the door entry systems we can provide, please click here

Fit an intruder alarm

If you want to protect your business from intruders, there's no better way to do so than fitting an intruder alarm. If triggered, your alarm system will let the authorities know that an intruder has attempted to enter your building. It's important to ensure that your alarm system is properly armed when the building is left vacant. As with the keys to your office, you shouldn't share your alarm code with everybody; appoint dedicated alarm setters whom you can trust. If you're interested in installing an intruder alarm in your building, click here

Security Barriers 

Similar to door entry systems, security barriers are a great way to restrict the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on your site. We at IDS offer a fantastic range of security barrier systems; click here to find out more. 

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