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Merry Christmas from everybody at Tyneside Security!

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With Christmas drawing ever-closer, festive cheer is getting more and more abundant in our office; so much so that some of the staff have been having a song and dance! …Nice jazz hands guys!

 

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Christmas Countdown – Home Security Tips & Special Offers!

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Join us on our Christmas Countdown where we’ll be giving you all of the advice you need to have a safe and secure Christmas. Every day we’ll be giving you another great tip, peppered in with limited time special offers and even more bits of festive fun! So, without further ado, let’s get the snowball rolling! (Sorry)

1 Day to go

Tip: When clearing up after the big day, try to take any boxes from valuable gifts to your nearest household waste site rather than leaving them outside for bin collection, so not to advertise new purchases to potential thieves. If this is not an option, open boxes out and fold them so that the printing is on the inside of the fold, and use duct tape to seal it down before putting them outside.

Cracker Joke: What do you call a little lobster who won’t share his Christmas presents? Shell-fish!

That’s our last festive tip for this year! We hope you all put them to good use, and have a wonderful, safe Christmas.

We’ll see you all in 2014!

2 Days to go

Tip: Homeowners should make sure they have adequate home insurance so that lost items can be replaced in the event of a burglary. Don’t delay in contacting your insurance company about any new gifts which may need to be added to the policy (such as bikes, electrical goods or jewellery) after Christmas. You should also be aware that having an intruder alarm installed in your home by an NSI Gold Approved company (such as ourselves) can save you up to 7.5% on your home insurance!

Cracker joke: Why should you never invite a team of footballers over for Christmas? Because they are always dribbling!

5 Days to go

Tip: Burglars know to look for hidden door keys so don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or anywhere else outside of your home. Instead, give the spare key to a family member or trusted neighbour.  

6 Days to go

Tip: Look out for your neighbours. You and your neighbours should work as part of a team, looking out for not just your own properties, but also each other’s; If you see anything suspicious, report it to the police.

Cracker joke: What do you call a penguin in the desert? Lost!

7 Days to go

Tip: Make sure that garden tools or ladders that could be used to force entry into your home are not left lying around or accessible from an unlocked garden shed. Garages are often targets for burglars looking for tools, bikes and gardening equipment, so make sure that garages and sheds are properly secured.

8 Days to go 

Tip: Keep your curtains and blinds closed at night, making sure that valuable items are kept out of sight. When going out for the evening make use of inexpensive timers to give your home the illusion of occupancy. However, you must never leave internal Christmas lights or decorations turned on when you are out, as this poses a major fire risk.

Cracker joke: What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite!

9 Days to go

Tip: If you have an unexpected caller and you don’t know the person, don’t let them into your house. Genuine delivery workers should not come into your home, and home maintenance workers (such as alarm installers, plumbers, gas men etc.) will have uniforms and prominent vehicles, and will not call without appointment. Charity collectors will have ID and will not be offended if you ask to see it. Santa will be riding a flying slay and wearing a red suit.

Cracker joke: How do snowmen get to work? Riding an icicle!

12 Days to go
Tip: Be careful not to advertise your home to burglars on social media! According to one recent study, social media is a commonly used tool for scouting potential targets. Social media savvy families have a tendency to publish their whereabouts during the holiday season, including any vacation plans. This lets burglars know when your house is going to be empty. Uploaded photos of pricey Christmas gifts can also be a problem as it basically allows burglars to go shopping just by viewing your Facebook profile.  

13 Days to go

Tip: It can be very tempting to start laying gifts out once you have your Christmas tree up, but this can unfortunately be a big attraction for burglars. Try to keep gifts out of sight until the last possible moment, and ensure that they are stored securely.

Cracker Joke: What’s white and goes up? A confused snowflake!

14 Days to go

Tip: If you’re going away at Christmas be sure to cancel any newspaper or milk subscriptions. Arrange for a neighbour to park on the driveway to help create the impression that someone is home. Do not to leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages or signs on your door for delivery men, and make use of timers for lights and radios.

Cracker Joke: What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinselitis!

15 Days to go

Tip: Deterring would-be criminals is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention. Invest in a motion sensor flood-light or even some outdoor Christmas lights to highlight your home’s exterior. This will hopefully make approaching your home too conspicuous for a burglar.

16 Days to go
Tip: While out Christmas shopping don’t leave anything in unattended vehicles, and keep shopping with you until you return to your car. If that is not possible, always lock items securely in the boot and park in a busy, well-lit area. Never leave items on show on seats or in the footwells of vehicles as this advertises your property to thieves.

Cracker Joke: What do you use to drain carrots at Christmas? An advent colander! 

19 Days to go
Tip: When wrapping presents, you should always make sure that you put receipts in a safe place. If thieves were to get a hold of these they could potentially return stolen items to the shops and claim back the money.  

Special Offer! For a limited time, we are now offering 25% off of your first year’s signalling maintenance when you sign up before the end of 2013!

20 Days to go
Tip: A common mistake of many festive decorators is to feed extension cables through partially open windows, but criminals know to look for this vulnerability. When it comes to outdoor lighting, opt for solar or battery operated lights, or install outdoor electrical outlets.
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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. We can also install security lightingaccess control systems and much more.
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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Home Security Measures – Burglar Prevention

In recent months there has been a significant increase in the number of jewellery thefts being made in our region; stories of this nature being featured in our headlines are becoming ever more frequent, even though its prevention can be very simplistic.

One story of recent saw £40 000 worth of jewellery stolen from a Tyneside home whilst the owners were sat just downstairs! At sometime between 9pm and 10pm on a Friday night, the family (who wish to remain anonymous) were sat in their living room watching television when the thieves entered the house through an upstairs window, and proceeded to rifle through some of their most prized possessions; making off with 22 items of great sentimental and monetary value.

It is a tremendous shame that there is nothing that can now be actively done to retrieve the stolen goods, but that the event its self could have been quite easily prevented.

There are many security measures that we can suggest that may have helped to apprehend this burglary. For example, starting with external cover, we would suggest security lighting so that the offenders would not have the cover of darkness working in their favour. Another thing that can help to prevent residential burglaries is the fitting of a visible, external sounder. Not only would this make a noise and alert you were someone to break in, but they also act as a highly effective criminal deterrent, much like one of our dummy bell-boxes would. CCTV could also be highly beneficial, again acting as a deterrent, but also capturing possibly vital evidence which could lead to the retrieval of your goods and conviction of your intruder.

Internally, there are, again, lots of ways that you can help to burglar-proof your home. First off, the most staple part of any home security package, an intruder alarm system. Each of your rooms and hallways would be fitted with a PIR (Passive Infra Red detector –effectively a motion sensor) that, when enabled, would be able to sense the presence of an intruder, and then activate the alarm. Advanced variations of these systems, such as the Agility 3, can even take photographs of the cause of the disturbance and send them directly to a phone or tablet. Another element of these packages is that doors will be fitted with ‘contact detectors’, meaning that, should any of the doors open when armed, the alarm will be triggered.

Another clever thing about these systems is that they can be ‘part-set’ so that different areas of the home are protected when other parts are not. For example, when sitting downstairs watching TV in the living room, you would be able to set the system to protect the upstairs section of the house, but not the downstairs. This means that, should anyone enter through a top window, you will be alerted of it almost immediately.

Windows can also be fitted with what’s known as a ‘shock detector’ which picks up vibrations being sent through the window and activates the alarm (eg; if the window was smashed or someone was trying to pry it open).

For information on these, and other forms of protection, please get in touch:
0191 270 0808  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. We can also install security lighting, access control systems and much more.
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 2

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That’s right; our favourite TV show was on again last night, which means it’s time for our episode overview!

This week’s episode of Caught Red Handed features everything from vigilante justice to downright stupidity, showcasing the important role that security systems and police forces play in our everyday lives.

One of the main features this week was on people that run the lights at level crossings. Though incredibly dangerous, a highly surprising number of people risk their lives on level crossings every day. The consequences of doing something as silly as this can be absolutely catastrophic, with one highlighted case seeing the death of a car driver, train driver, and 5 rail passengers. So, what is being done to combat this? The police show us their work in progress as they set up a surveillance van nearby to catch the daredevils in action; risking their own, and other people’s lives, just to save a minute of their journey.

Another main feature is the story of a woman who had a CCTV camera fitted to the front window of her van for insurance purposes, but captured more than she bargained for.
When she is asked to give a friend some help in the garden, the lady takes her gardening equipment with her in the van. After completing the work and leaving her tools in the garden, the two friends head inside for a much deserved rest, only to return and realise that the lawn mower had been stolen! Luckily, the CCTV in the van manages to capture the entire event, and the criminal even makes the crucial mistake of facing the camera directly!

So, the owner takes the investigation into her own hands, and puts up posters all over the neighbourhood asking people to call her if they know the thief. And then, just 5 hours later, she receives a phone call from a local resident, grassing the criminal up. The details are then passed on to the police and the man is given an 18 month sentence.

 

Episode 2 of Caught Red Handed is now available on BBC iPlayer.  Watch it now to see both these stories, and more!
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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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Britain faces electricity shortage

According to a report by Reuters this month, Britain is at risk of suffering widespread blackouts due to its ever climbing power demand. Next year comes the initiation of new pollution laws that implicate the closure of traditional coal and oil fired power stations, meaning that we will then be looking at increased demand with even less supply, putting an incredible strain on the country’s resources.

Although the power supply is supposed to be sufficient, it is believed that in winter, during times of peak demand, the energy surge caused could be enough to see users completely without power. Naturally, when we were reading about this, our first concern was for peoples safety and security – whether or not their alarm systems would still work.

British standards require grade 2 fire or intruder alarms to have at least 12 hours worth of backup battery, and grades 3+ to have at least 24 hours.  However, just because you have a back up battery doesn’t necessarily mean that it works; even if you’ve never used your back up battery, there is still a possibility that it no longer works (especially if your system is particularly dated), so make a habit of checking it.

You may also be surprised to hear that there is no similar standard in place for CCTV and access control systems, meaning that if your power was to go off, those security systems would be rendered useless. It is important that you are aware that loss of these services means more than just not capturing footage or not having to let yourself through a door, it puts your family/staff, premises, and contents at risk. Some systems might come with a backup battery, but it is always worth checking and making sure that you have one in place.

Another thing that came to our attention is that, with winter bringing dark mornings and darker nights, lighting would become a big issue; especially considering that dark nights always see a rise in crime rates. So, how can you protect your home from becoming a statistic? Battery powered outdoor lighting is the answer.

Security lighting for example usually has its own power source, meaning that in the event of a power outage, your home would still be illuminated outdoors, deterring any criminals from targeting your home (and, of course, there is the added benefit of being able to see!).

Installation of back-up batteries and security lighting is something that we deal in quite frequently, and can do at minimal costs. If these services are of interest to you, please get in touch via our contact page.
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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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