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Mark Beverly, St James’s Place Wealth Management

At Tyneside Security, we love receiving your feedback. Take a look at what one of our recent customers had to say!

 

St James’s Place Wealth Management specialise in providing high quality personal wealth management advice for people of varying financial resources and ages. Additionally,  they assist businesses in the increasingly complex area of corporate financial planning, providing guidance on pensions, protection for directors or key shareholders, tax reliefs and aspects of exit strategy planning.
Visit www.markbeverley.co.uk/#! for more information.
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Tyneside security supply, fit and maintain CCTV systems in across the North East, as well as intruder alarms (burglar alarms), and fire alarms. The first step is to organise a survey with one of our Security Experts who will determine your exact requirements and create a bespoke security package. The alarm will then be fitted by one of our experienced and highly reliable engineers who will then look after your system for years to come. All surveys are free of charge and obligation free.

Tyneside Security operates right across the North East of England including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland

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Caught Red Handed – Episode 1

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Yesterday, Caught Red Handed, a new series on BBC1, premiered its first episode. The show focuses on criminal justice, and showing viewers all of new ways that they can protect themselves from becoming victims of crime.

Naturally, at Tyneside Security, we’re loving this program; it’s just great for us to see how the security systems that we install help so many people.  So, welcome to the first of many episode overviews, where we’ll be sharing our favourite of the featured stories.

Jewellery thieves.
The first story of last night’s episode features the owners of a jewellery store, speaking of their past experiences of being targeted by armed thieves. The couple explain that on more than one occasion they have been held at gun point and/or assaulted by robbers, who were trying to make off with their fine Asian gold.

The store, which has been in the owner’s family for generations, is protected with the expected alarm systems,CCTV and door security systems. But, little did the next burglars know, the owners still had a few more tricks up their sleeves.

Following the 2nd robbery, the couple invested in a panic button that, when activated, would fill the front room of the shop with a thick, non-toxic fog. It also sends a direct signal to the local authority, letting them know that a robbery is taking place. So, what happens when their security is tested for a third time?

When the pair of armed robbers enter the shop posing as customers, the owners, Deepak and Preeti, suspect nothing and allow them through the air lock doors without second thought. The thieves (both named Sandeep) ask to have a closer look at some of the items, before forcing the couple into the back of the store by gun point. Thinking on his feet, Owner, Deepak, quickly hits the panic button, flooding the shop with the opaque fog. When the Sandeeps see what is going on in the shop they become confused and ask Deepak what is happening. Deepak informs that the police are on their way, sending the robbers into a blind state of panic. Thinking only of his wife’s safety, Deepak seizes the opportunity to barricade himself and Preeti into the back room using the security door, and leaving the robbers trapped in the front of the shop.

Frantic, the robbers begin their attempt to break through the reinforced glass, firing bullets carelessly, and sending glass flying through the high street. But, alas, the store security was just too good, the robbers are caught red handed, and the whole thing is caught on tape.

Caught in the net.
Another story shown on last night’s Episode is that of an American woman who had also been having trouble with burglars, but this time in the home. Having been burglarised more than once in recent months; the woman upgraded the security system in her home to include CCTV cameras. She had opted for a wireless system, which meant that she would be able to monitor her home from remote locations. Amazingly, when she tunes in one lunch time from her work computer, she catches a pair of burglars in action! She is then able to phone the local police and have them apprehend the burglars before they are able to make off with her belongings.

Snapped & Trapped
This segment on the episode shows CCTV footage of people committing petty crimes at local businesses. Both of the clips feature criminals taking charity boxes from shop counters, one of which is a funeral parlour. Offended and outraged, the store worker, who had a personal interest in the charity that was stolen from, publishes the CCTV footage on the internet in the hopes of catching the culprit. As it happens, it is the boy’s his own family that report him, having seen the footage online.

Watch the whole episode now on BBC iPlayer

If you feel that you could benefit from any of the security systems discussed in this article, or if you have any questions, please get in touch by:
Phone : 0191 270 0808
email: info@tynesidesecurity.co.uk

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Tyneside Security supply, fit and maintain CCTV systems in across the North East , as well as intruder alarms (burglar alarms), and fire alarms. The first step is to organise a survey with one of our Security Experts who will determine your exact requirements and create a bespoke security package. The alarm will then be fitted by one of our experienced and highly reliable engineers who will then look after your system for years to come. All surveys are free of charge and obligation free.

Tyneside Security operates right across the North East of England including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland.

 

 

 

 

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Bonfire Night Safety

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As you may have noticed, fireworks are now on sale   for Guy Fawkes Night  2013 (November 5th). For emergency services all over the country,  this  signifies the start of a very busy period.

At this time of year, the number of emergency calls being made increases      substantially due to the dangerous nature of the festivities.

Here at Tyneside Security, your safety is paramount. So, we decided that the least we could do is give you lots of useful tips and advice on how to enjoy the night safely.

Attending an organised display:
this is the safest way to enjoy a firework display because all of the safety aspects are handled by trained professionals. And, it’s just as fun as staying at home!

Having a home display:
if you must have a home display, there are a few essential precautions that you can take to make sure that the night goes smoothly. These include;

  • keeping water/an extinguisher on hand (for bonfires)
  • making sure that the launch area and/or bonfire are in a wide clearing (away from trees, shrubs, buildings and fences)
  •  keeping the crowd well away from the launch area
  • Never leaving a bonfire unattended
  • Never returning to a lit firework
  • Thinking about your clothing – if you are the person lighting the fireworks, bear in mind that loose fitting clothing could easily catch fire, and also that some materials, such as lycra, melt easily.
  • Pouring water over any embers at the end of the night to reduce the risk of fire.

You may also be interested to know that there are laws about what times you can use fireworks. Usually you can set them off until 11pm except:

  • Bonfire Night (5 November) – when they can be set off until midnight
  • New Year’s Eve (31 December 2012), Diwali (13 November 2012) and Chinese New Year (10 February 2013) – when they can be set off until 1am.

Sparklers:
We all love sparklers, but we can’t be fooled by their appearance. Although they’re one of the smallest of the firework family, they are still very dangerous. Read our safety advice before using sparklers or allowing your children to do so.

  • Always light sparklers one at a time                                                         
  • Never carry a child whilst holding a sparkler
  • Always wear gloves to handle a sparkler
  • When the flame goes out, place the butt of the sparkler in a bucket of water
  • Keep the sparkler at arm’s length (away from the face and body)
  • Do not use sparklers at public displays – these are generally very cramped and therefore not a safe environment for sparklers to be used.

You can play with a virtual sparkler at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.berr.gov.uk/fireworks/gamesparkler.htm

It’s safe and fun!

Sky Lanterns
Sky lanterns may look harmless, but they pose a large threat to the environment and wildlife. Animals can become trapped in or ingest the debris, which can cause them serious harm. It is advised that you avoid using sky lanterns whenever possible, or find an alternative (such as using static lanterns or fairy lights to create a similar  atmosphere). 

Alcohol and Firework Safety

  • Never drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks or attending a bonfire.
  • Nominate people who are not drinking alcohol to take charge of late-night fireworks displays.
  • Keep guests who are drinking alcohol well away from fireworks and the bonfire.
  • Consider limiting the availability of alcohol until after the fireworks display.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket to street parties or celebrations.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

 Telephone numbers for reporting illegal bonfires

  • Newcastle – Envirocall 0191 274 4000
  • Gateshead – 0191 433 3000
  • Sunderland – 0300 1000 101
  • South Tyneside – 0191 427 7000
  • North Tyneside – 0345 2000103

For more advice on staying safe this bonfire night, visit:
http://www.bonfire-night-safety.co.uk/

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Tyneside security supply, fit and maintain CCTV systems, as well as intruder alarms (burglar alarms), and fire alarms. The first step is to organise a survey with one of our security experts who will determine your exact requirements and create a bespoke security package. The alarm will then be fitted by one of our experienced and highly reliable engineers who will look after your CCTV system for many years to come.

Tyneside Security operates right across the North East of England, including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland.

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NSI Gold Approved – What does it mean?

At Tyneside Security, we’re very proud of our NSI Gold Approved status, and for good reason! So, here’s a run down of what NSI is, how it works and what it means to you.

Before NSI, the main approval council for security companies was NACOSS (National Approval Council for Security Systems).In 2001, NACOSS was merged with ISI (Inspectorate of the Security Industry), creating a new combined organisation that we know today as NSI (National Security Incorporate).

NSI’s mission is to raise standards in the security and fire industries in the interests of the customer. NSI, and Tyneside Security alike, believe that everyone, whether a large organisation, small business or householder, is entitled to receive a professional service from security and fire companies.

The long-term undermining of standards by poor performers is a threat to every customer, and so it is NSI’s motivation to separate the strong from the weak.

Operating on a 2 tier approach to approval, NSI allows companies to grow and develop their business whilst consistently developing reassurance to their customers.

Silver medal

Silver is designed for ‘Product Certification’, and refers to the ‘Product Certification’ against sector specific standards, e.g. BS7858, BS8243.

 
Gold medal picGold builds on Product Certification to incorporate Quality Management System Certification. The combination of the Quality Management Systems and the relevant sector specific product or service represents the Gold standard of certification.  This level holds the greatest perceived value across industry and by the police, fire and                  rescue services and insurers.

A Management System is defined as:

‘A proven framework for managing and continually improving an organisation’s policies, procedures and processes’

Management certifications are a family of internationally recognised standards designed to ensure that organisations meet the needs of their customers and other stakeholders.
Management Systems applications include:

  • Quality – BS EN ISO 9001
  • Environmental – BS EN ISO 14001
  • Health & Safety – BS OHSAS 18001

Because NACOSS is a regulatory body and not a trade association it is not possible to ‘join’ NACOSS by simply paying a fee and agreeing to abide by certain rules. NACOSS is independent, and works to ensure that security systems are of the highest quality and reliability. NACOSS insists that systems installed by recognised firms comply with all relevant British Standards, such as BS 4737 for intruder alarms, and with the industry’s own Codes of Practice.

To achieve recognition a firm must prove its technical ability to install and maintain equipment to relevant British Standards and NACOSS Codes of Practice. The suitability of the company’s premises, vehicles, insurance, training, procedures and protocols on customer service are all assessed. The award of a NACOSS certificate of Quality Assurance demonstrates all of the relevant criteria have been satisfied. NACOSS also ensures that high standards are maintained by visiting each NACOSS firm on a regular basis.

Insurance companies have been very impressed with the way that this has raised standards, and usually offer savings on insurance for homes with systems fitted by NSI approved companies. Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, says that on average customers will save around 7.5% on their premium.

NSI approved companies must prove their competency on an on-going basis, and are undoubtedly the best.

For more information on NSI visit their website:  http://www.nsi.org.uk/
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Tyneside security supply, fit and maintain CCTV systems in North Tyneside, as well as intruder alarms (burglar alarms), and fire alarms. The first step is to organise a survey with one of our security experts who will determine your exact requirements and create a bespoke security package. The alarm will then be fitted by one of our experienced and highly reliable engineers who will then look after your CCTV system for years to come.

Tyneside Security operates right across the North East of England including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland.

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Winter safety and security tips

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It’s a common misconception that things like burglaries and break-ins only happen to other people. We convince ourselves that it’s not going to happen to us, and that there’s no real risk. But, did you know that there is a residential burglary every 40 seconds in the UK? And, with the dark nights and celebrations on their way, becoming a victim of household crime is even more of a threat.

Over the Christmas holidays you are likely to be out of the house for longer periods of time, whether enjoying the festivities or doing a spot of shopping, and though it is very easy to get caught up in the merriment, this is a very wise time to spare a thought for home security. So, here are our top 10 tips on staying safe over the winter period (in no particular order):

 

1) Lock up.
This one may sound obvious, but locking your windows and doors is your fist form of defense against an intruder. You should ensure all points of entry have at least one secure lock, and that it gets used; even if you’re in the house. Thieves are lazy opportunists, so if your home looks like its properly secured then the criminal is less likely to target it.

2) Use a timer on your lights and radio when you are out of the house.
At this time of year, thieves know that you are out of the house more frequently, and will be keeping a look out for any opportunity to steal, especially at night! A good way to combat this is to fit a timer to your lights and radio; this will create the illusion that there are people in the house.

3)Protect your glass.
Putting a protective, clear film over your windows will make them considerably more difficult to smash, meaning that any potential criminal would have to spend longer breaking into your property. Studies have shown that a burglar doesn’t want to spend more than a couple of minutes on forcing their entry, which means that they are less likely to continue the break in if they come into difficulty.

4) Fit a visible external alarm.
A visible alarm, even if it is just a dummy, acts as a very effective deterrent against burglars. It shows off very clearly that your home is fitted with security devices, and that it would be a hassle to burglarise.

5) Keep valuables out of sight.
Don’t leave any keys or other valuables near doors or windows. Thieves have adopted a method called ‘fishing’ in which they take your belongings without even having to enter your home, simply by using things like hooks and nets. Ensure that anything valuable is not visible through your windows or doors.

6)Dispose of packaging carefully.
When you dispose of packaging, if not done carefully, it can act as an advertisement for the contents of your home. This is particularly important after festivities, when thieves will be on the lookout for this type of marker.

7) Don’t answer the door to strangers.
You should always check who is at the door before opening it. If you do not know the person, or you weren’t expecting them, don’t open up! They may try to talk their way into your home to pilfer your belongings.

8) Establish a bed-time security routine.
Get into the habit of completing a full security check before going to bed. This should include ensuring that all doors and windows are locked, that valuables are put away, and that your alarm(s) are enabled.

9) Keep your grounds clear.
If you’re going away at any point in the year, it is a good idea to ensure that your grounds are kept neat. By this, we mean that you should arrange for your grass to be cut, or for your drive to be cleared of snow. Neglecting to do this would make it clear to thieves that you are away from home.

10) Get rid of the ‘hidden key’.
A lot of households keep a spare key ‘hidden’ under a plant pot or under the doormat, usually as a fall-back for if their primary key is forgotten or lose. The problem with this, however, is that criminals are wise to it, and know exactly where to look. So, we recommend that if you feel that you must keep a spare key somewhere, you keep it at the home of your nearest trusted relative (if possible).

 

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Tyneside security supply, fit and maintain CCTV systems in North Tyneside, as well as intruder alarms (burglar alarms), and fire alarms. The first step is to organise a survey with one of our security experts who will determine your exact requirements and create a bespoke security package. The alarm will then be fitted by one of our experienced and highly reliable engineers who will then look after your CCTV system for years to come.

Tyneside Security operates right across the North East of England including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland.

 

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CCTV – Who knows what you’ll see?

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We all know that the main purpose of CCTV is to help catch and ward off criminals; but it’s easy to forget that these systems also catch footage of many other situations, some of which can be quite surprising!  Check out some of these clips that we found on YouTube…

Watch out, he has a shoe!
This amazing piece of footage is of an attempted armed-robbery at a fuel station in Greater Manchester.

In the early hours of Saturday, September 14th, a pair of armed robbers walked confidently into Mercury service station in Westhoughton. They were confronted by a brave store clerk almost immediately, who, upon noticing that the thieves were armed, quickly took off his shoe and began yielding it as a weapon! Shocked, one of the criminals made a few failed attempts at attacking the heroic shop keeper, before backing away and fleeing the scene, along with his accomplice! That’s right; they ran away from a man with a shoe!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD7TAHduZww

 

Lightning never strikes twice… or does it?
It’s a well known urban legend that lightning never strikes in the same place twice. However, for this unlucky jogger, it did… on his head!

The footage, captured on April 11th, shows an innocent jogger being struck down by lightning during a heavy downpour. Relatively unharmed, the man takes a few seconds to compose himself before getting up and attempting to walk away. Unbelievably, though, he then gets zapped for a second time! Miraculously, the jogger still remains in one piece, but we bet he’s a little frightened of lightning now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjI8AxZnrx8

 

A lucky escape.
This clip was captured in Madrid’s Puerta Del Angel station in 2010, featuring an impressive act of heroism.

In this dramatic video we see a man falling from a train station platform onto the tracks below, being knocked unconscious as a result. Time being of the essence, other travelers rush to try to assist the victim, but with a train due any second the situation looks bleak. Luckily, a very brave off duty policeman was at the scene to perform a daring rescue.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtH6xxdGNG4

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