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Having an intruder in your home is a nightmare scenario that everyone hopes will never happen to them.

In figures published by the Office of National Statistics, it was reported that over 430,000 burglaries occurred in England and Wales during the year ending June 2018. That's a 2% increase on the previous year.

That figure equates to around seven burglaries per thousand people. According to Brandwatch.com, the average Facebook user has around 338 Facebook friends - so, statistically speaking, two of your Facebook friends will be burgled in the next year.

Burglary and home invasion are rare but real occurrences, which begs the question: what would you do if an intruder entered your house while you were in?

This guide is here to help you answer that question and prepare for this worst-case scenario.

What to Do During a Break-In

So, picture the scene: you're at home, you hear the sound of glass breaking downstairs, and you know there's someone in your house. What do you do?

It's often recommended that you either:

  • Escape the premises and get to safety, calling the police as soon as you are able to do so, or...
  • Hide in a safe place where the intruder is unlikely to find you. This may be a safe, lockable room (ideally one equipped with a phone) or a safe spot that is out of general visibility.

While confrontation isn't encouraged, self-defence may be necessary if you come face to face with the intruder(s). At this point, it's good to know that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) allows anyone to use "reasonable force" to protect themselves or others. You are also permitted to carry out a citizen's arrest in order to prevent a crime.

However, it's important to note that this isn't a green light to act like John McClane. Confronting an intruder can result in dire consequences, especially if the invading party is armed. You should only engage your intruder as a last resort - it's always best to get out if you can, or hide if escape isn't possible.

Preventing a Break-In

It's long been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and taking certain security measures can help to ward off intruders before they've even set foot in your home.

The mere presence of a camera or alarm in a visible spot attached to your property can be enough of a warning sign to dissuade opportunistic criminals, making them a great crime deterrent as well as a useful reactive safety feature.

Home Security from IDS

We at IDS Security, we offer a variety of options to help keep you, your family and your property safe from home invasions, ranging from basic intruder alarms to state-of-the-art surveillance equipment.

House Alarms

Monitored around the clock from a remote monitoring station, our high-quality house alarm systems utilise the latest digital signalling equipment to provide ample protection in the event of break-in, alerting the emergency services should such an incident occur.

Access Control Systems

While more commonly used for business premises, door entry systems can also be used to great effect in residences. They offer designated people access to specific rooms using a card, fob, etc. This can be particularly useful if you want to keep a particular room off-limits - ideal for a safe room.

CCTV Cameras

We use cutting-edge security innovations to provide you with the most advanced CCTV solutions available. This can include digital recording, fibre optic / radio transmission and computer monitoring, as well as remote-controlled lights.

For more information on our home safety systems, call 029 20 753 251 today to speak with one of our specialists or contact us online via the link below.

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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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At IDS Security, we are dedicated to keeping your business premises and homes safe using the very best in security services and technology on the market.

Maintenance Contracts

One security service we offer that stands us apart from other security companies, is our security maintenance contracts. When you choose to take out a security maintenance contract with us, you benefit from around the clock burglar alarm monitoring, giving you complete peace of mind that your home or business premises are being observed at all times. 

We have a team of highly trained security professionals who are employed to monitor your burglar alarms from our monitoring stations. Plus, our engineers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so they can attend your property and resolve any problems with your security system, should they occur.

Speak to our engineers if you'd like to add a burglar alarm monitoring contract to your new home or commercial security system. We can make sure your burglar alarm is monitored from day 1.

Digital Signalling Equipment

Besides our burglar alarm monitoring contracts, we also pride ourselves in installing the latest technology around your home to keep your property safe. One kind of equipment that has proved to be very beneficial for residential and commercial property owners is our digital signalling equipment.

We use devices from providers like BT Redcarethat are designed to ensure all of your security systems, including burglar alarms, can be monitored over a secure network. These digital signalling devices also ensure that any security breach, be it a burglary or a fire, is attended as quickly as possible. How? They automatically inform the relevant emergency services when an incident occurs!  

All of our security systems comply with the latest PD6662 British Standards, the codes of practice laid down by the National Approval Council NACOSS) of Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB).

So, if you are looking for a company to oversee your burglar alarm monitoring, we can help you! Get in touch with a member of our team to discuss your burglar alarm monitoring options by calling 029 20 753 251 today!

Going on holiday is so exciting, especially now that airports and holidays are becoming available to us again and COVID-19 restrictions are easing! One thing that often plays on people’s minds while they’re away, is the security of their home and belongings. We're here to show you how to keep your home safe while you're away.

The best way to ensure guaranteed relaxation on your holiday is to prepare and secure your home - don't leave anything up to chance. In this blog, we cover a variety of holiday security tips that will help you feel at ease as you jet off on your holiday.

Fire Prevention & Fire Alarms

One of the most feared and truly devastating things that could happen to your home while you are away is a house fire. There are a few simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce the likelihood of a fire while your house is left unattended.

  • Turn off plugs at the mains and unplug any household items that do not need to be on. This includes lamps, Tv’s, hairdryers etc. If any of these items are faulty, they could cause a fire while you’re on holiday.
  • Close internal doors before you leave. If a fire was to break out, having the doors closed will limit the oxygen (fuel) accessible to the fire, and will also stop the fire from spreading throughout the house as quickly.
  • Check and change the fire alarm batteries. You should always check your smoke alarms are working properly, whether you are going on holiday or not. But when you leave to go on holiday, having effective smoke alarms in place can alert neighbours and the authorities if there is a fire.

If you don’t have an effective fire alarm system in place, we at IDS can help! Our specialist team can design, install and maintain fire alarm systems for any property, commercial or residential. Click the button below to find out more.

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Burglary Prevention

Leaving all of your worldly possessions unattended is another huge worry for holiday-goers. There are a few holiday security tips you can implement to make your home less attractive to burglars.

  • CCTV and Surveillance

First and foremost, CCTV cameras are a great deterrent for burglars, if they know they're on camera, they're far less likely to push their luck to try and break in (even if they can see the house is vacant). Having a CCTV camera (or cameras) installed around your home will give you peace of mind that any security breaches will be recorded. Nowadays, you can even use your mobile phone to check the security cameras around your house remotely. This is perfect if you take trips away from home regularly and want to keep an eye on things.

There is a huge range of surveillance systems available to choose from. At IDS Security we offer a range of security cameras and CCTV systems that can be tailored to suit your property.

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  • Intruder alarms

Like a fire alarm, an intruder alarm can alert neighbours and the authorities if your property is broken into while you are on holiday. At IDS we offer intruder alarm systems with an optional maintenance contract. This means you can have your property monitored by our team around the clock! Speak to our installers about a maintenance contract if you're going to be away from home throughout the year. We'll take some of the holiday security stress off your hands.

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Some final holiday security tips to ensure your property is properly secured before your holiday:

  • Hide or deposit any valuable items in a safe or secure place. Valuable items on display are likely to attract burglars to your property.
  • Ensure all your windows and doors are not damaged and are locked securely. You don't want to find that you left your house wide open to burglars while you're on holiday.
  • Don’t make it obvious that your house is temporarily vacant.
  • Don’t broadcast your holiday prolifically online. You'll be surprised how many burglars target homes after seeing people posting holiday pictures on social media!
  • Make a checklist to ensure you have taken all necessary holiday security precautions before you set off! There's nothing worse than feeling like you've forgotten to do something when you're on the way.

We hope that these tips help you enjoy your holiday knowing that your home is safe and secure. If you have any questions about home security, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team on 029 20 753 251.

When the temperatures soar, all we want to do is open every door and every window in the house and enjoy the fresh air! This, of course, poses a huge security risk so we’ve put together a list of summer security tips to help you keep your home and garden safe this summer.

1.      Be responsible with your windows

Opening the windows lets in a breeze that feels lovely during summer days and nights. Here’s how to keep your house safe while you have your windows open. Primarily, you need to ensure that all your windows can be locked, and can’t be forced open from the outside – especially if they are ground level windows. When opening windows around the house this summer, bear the following tips in mind:

  • Try to only open windows in the rooms you are occupying.
  • Ensure all windows are closed if you plan to go into the back garden for a while.
  • Don’t leave downstairs or accessible windows open during the night.

 2.      Secure your shed

One area of the house that is often overlooked in terms of security is the garden shed. We often store valuable items in our sheds like bikes, lawnmowers and tools and because they are often isolated away from our houses, they are an attractive target for thieves. There are a few ways you can secure your garden shed to prevent your valuable being stolen:

  • Repair any existing damage. A broken window or loose panel can provide a great access point for thieves.
  • Install lights in your garden with a passive infrared sensor, so any night-time intruders can be caught red-handed.
  • Install a sturdy lock system and an intruder alarm to alert you if a break-in is attempted.

3.      Improve your home CCTV system

Improving the surveillance around your home is a great way to ensure your property will be secure during summer. Whether you’re at home or away on your summer holiday, a home CCTV security system can allow you to keep an eye on your home and belongings.

At IDS Security we offer a range of CCTV options to help you secure your home. To find out more about the CCTV security systems we offer, click here:

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4.      Ensure you have a competent fire security system in place

The hot and dry conditions that come with summer heat waves can be incredibly dangerous, causing fires to spread at an alarming rate. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your property safe from fires this summer:

  • Keep doors shut as much as possible. It can be tempting to open all the doors in the house to allow air to circulate, but a closed door can keep a fire at bay much longer than if a door is left open.
  • BBQ sensibly. Don’t have open fires near to your home and be sure to put them out before venturing back inside.
  • Check that your fire alarm system is fully operational. At IDS we can help you to design, install and maintain a comprehensive fire security system to help prevent fires in your home this summer. Find out more about our fire alarm systems here:

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At IDS, we want to ensure you have the necessary security systems in place so that you can enjoy a relaxing summer! Give us a call on 029 20 753 251 to enquire about improving your security before summer, or click the button to explore our security options online.

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