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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 24th March 2020

Following the recent Government announcement, we wish to inform all of our customers that Security Wise Ltd, where possible in line with Government Guidelines, will continue to operate business as usual.

As previously advised all of our employees who can work from home will continue to do so.

Please be aware that our offices are now closed to the general public.

We have been advised by our suppliers that they are continuing to operate as normal as possible which includes the provision of deliveries.

 

Please read the following statement from Monday 23rd March, made by the Minister of State for Security at the Home Office:

“Security & fire safety personnel can play a vital role at this time of national challenge. People working in these sectors who are essential to national infrastructure are “Key Workers” for the purposes of the Government’s guidance on COVID-19”.

Based on the above our engineers will continue to carry out essential works on a 24 hour basis. Our emergency call-out facility will not change.

 

Over the coming weeks our administration staff will contact all of our customers who are due to have works carried out, this may be a service, remedial works or installation works, in order to ascertain whether you are happy to have our engineer attend site, this may in some cases only require us to gain access, if your business premises are closed.

 

We will monitor the situation on a daily basis and update you accordingly on any changes.

 

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.

 

SECURITY WISE LTD

Christmas Is Coming!

Whether you are gone for just a few hours or away on a week-long holiday, you may often find yourself thinking about the safety of your home. Even while your are home, it can be hard not to stress over your family’s protection as they sleep. However, you can rest assured that what matters most to you will be kept safe and sound when you have a smart home security system in place.

By integrating your security system with your Control4 home automation system, you will have peace of mind whether your are home or away. Explore the benefits of a connected home security system.

For more information, call the office on 01743 450222

 

We’re Hiring!

Trainee and experienced Fire & Security Maintenance/Breakdown/Installation Engineers – Shrewsbury

We are currently filling vacancies for both experienced & trainee Security Engineers to join our rapidly expanding and busy team for immediate start. The role covers a range of activities including the installation and maintenance of intruder alarm systems, cctv, access control, fire alarms and home automation.

Experienced engineers applying must have experience of working with Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, Analogue and IP CCTV Systems, Networks and Standalone Access Control systems and Automated gates and barriers. Home Automation experience would be an advantage but is not essential as full and ongoing training will be provided. You must have a proven track record within the Fire and Security industry and be based within a commutable distance to Shrewsbury. Experience working with Honeywell, Texecom, Advanced, Morley, HikVision, Dedicate Micros, Adpro, and Paxton equipment would be an advantage. You must have a Full UK driving licence.

Position details

27k + O/T & Expenses

In return you will be provided with;

  • Company vehicle
  • All power tools and plant equipment
  • Laptop
  • Mobile Phone
  • Company uniform

40 hour basic week plus O/T

On call duties (Daily standby rate paid in addition to the attendance of OOH calls)

This is a full time position based from home with the expectancy to travel predominantly within the Shropshire area and to our Shrewsbury office as and when required.

Please email your CV to ian@securitywise.uk.com

ATTENTION DOG LOVERS! This is for you!

We all know how much our dogs mean to us, they’re family. But what if they were stolen? Did you know that a record high 1,931 dog thefts were reported in the UK in 2018? And only 25% were returned to their owners. Now we have approached the dark Winter months, it is important to know how to protect your furry friend(s) from being stolen.

Here’s some tips how to maximise your dogs security!

🐾  Change your routine for dog walks – If thieves know your routine, it will increase their chances of a successfully stealing your dog.

🐾  Use security lighting in the garden – The lighting will help deter potential dog nappers away.

🐾  Install CCTV that you can access from your mobile ‘on the go’ – Check in on your dog anytime and anywhere from your phone using a remote access CCTV system.

🐾  Never leave your dog unattended – Never leave your dog tied up outside a shop, you are leaving them vulnerable to pet thieves. You should also make sure your dog is always in visual range when they’re playing in the garden or park.

🐾  Make sure your garden gates are locked at all times and a security system is in place. We provide a wide range of security systems including intruder alarms, CCTV, access control and automated gates, all of which can be tailored to your circumstances and budget..

🐾  Make sure your dog is micro chipped and wearing an identification tag – doing this will help signify that he/she has a home.

 

Think you need to boost your dogs security? We can help! Just contact our office on 01743 450222 for a FREE no obligations survey.

Did you know we are a Control4 Authorised Dealer?

Imagine waking up to your favourite playlist, the blinds gently rising to let the sun in, temperature adjusting to the perfect level. At work, receive a notification when the kids get home from school. With a simple voice command, dim the lights, queue a movie, and relax with the family after dinner. Tuck the kids in and tap a button to lock the doors, turn off the lights, and set the alarm before you turn in for the evening. When everything in your smart home works together, life’s better—plain and simple.

Control4 offers smart home solutions that deliver peace of mind, comfort, convenience, and a whole lot of wow. From smart locks, cameras and video door stations, intelligent lighting, and thermostats to universal remotes, stunning home theatre setups, and audio offerings featuring high-resolution music that can stream in every room, Control4 smart living experiences can be personalised for any size home or budget.

Receive a notification if the water heater is leaking or the garage door was left open. Forgot to lock the door? Rest assured that your house handled it for you, automatically. From the office, see who’s at your home’s front door, let the delivery person leave a package in a safe place, and lock the door as they depart—all from your phone. Whether you’re in the kitchen or on holiday across the world, there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing everything and everyone at home is safe and secure.

Come and see our brand new smart home demonstration room. In order to fully understand and appreciate how Control 4 can fit into your life, we invite you to come along to our newly opened showroom and experience first hand how we blend various home technologies to work in unison creating experiences that will make your life more enjoyable, convenient, comfortable and safe.

Showroom open hours:  8.30am – 5.00pm. Monday to Friday.

Don’t be in the dark this Winter…

Did you know there is a 63% increase in burglaries during the Winter months? Or that a home without a security alarm is 2-3 times more likely to be burgled?

This is where we step in!

As the dark nights have drawn in and Christmas is around the corner, it is so important to make sure you are on top of your security. We offer a range of high quality security systems that can be tailored to your needs. Whether you’re a business owner who needs reassurance your store is secure, or a home owner that wants peace of mind when you go to bed at night, we promise to deliver the best service we can.

If you’re interested in an intruder alarm fitted on your property, we provide a wide range of options from Audible only to Dual path monitoring. When we install an intruder alarm system, we also fit a Security Wise bell box outside your property that automatically lights up at night, this also helps maximise your security by deterring away potential burglars.

We also provide the following security systems:

  • Fire Alarm
  • CCTV system
  • Access Control
  • Control4 Home Automation
  • Gates & Barriers
  • Nurse/Warden Call

If you would like more information how you can increase your security this Winter, call our friendly office on 01743 450222 to book a FREE no obligation survey with one of our experienced surveyors.

 

 

Customer Feedback

Here at Security wise Ltd, we strive to deliver excellent customer service. So as a company we value our customers feedback.

Below are some of our customers comments.

 

“Staff were very helpful throughout the process and the installation team were excellent” – Mr. D. Gardner, Shrewsbury

“Excellent service. The two engineers who installed the system were excellent, they explained and tidied up after the work was carried out.” – Anonymous, Oswestry

“Peace of mind” – Mr & Mrs. Dodds, Shrewsbury

 

 

The Hive left in a buzz as bee sets off alarm

Workers at Shropshire youth arts charity The Hive were left in a flap when the intruder alarm was set off – by a bee.

Staff were called to the town centre premises, on Belmont, Shrewsbury, when the alarm went off and after investigations with the call-out engineer from Security Wise, the issue was isolated to a single bumble bee which was trapped in the alarm sensor of the garden studio.

The constant buzzing of the bee within the individual sensor had triggered the entire system.

The bee was caught in a heart-shaped tin which was immediately to hand and then released back into the great outdoors after its antics were over on Friday night. Habib Malik-Mansell, a spokesman for the Hive, said the arts charity had certainly lived up to its name last weekend but that it was now back to business as usual.

“It certainly is rather ironic and amusing that a bee coming into the Hive was found to be the cause of our alarm sounding last week,” he said.

“However, we’re definitely pleased that it wasn’t anything more serious or a genuine intruder. There were some colourful reels of cotton in the room and we think the bee may have believed that they were perhaps some form of Hive or home – as they have that appearance.”

The garden studio at the Hive, where the bee was located, is the new pop-up home of local fashion designer Jo Bloodworth, along with young photographer Ella Ruth Cowperthwaite. They will be based at the centre over the summer months, using the venue as a creative base.

Keep Your Home Safe

Keeping your Home Safe!

 

 

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference, but the biggest Security Measure you could provide for you home is an Intruder Alarm System,

keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key) Its tempting in the summer to leave windows open, but that’s tempting a burglar!
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox) and new scanning devices can clone your keys!
  • Install a burglar alarm, With App notification or our ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre) gives you piece of mind!
  • Install CCTV, We can provide you with your own web address and Apps to view your property while on holiday
  • Install good outside lighting
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property, or see if they will key hold for you?
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise (opens in a new window)
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme (opens in a new window)
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

Doors and windows

In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it.

Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.

Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.

 

Distraction burglary

If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider – Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller – they may be bogus. The ‘Waterboard’ no longer exists, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.

We can provide you with Video Door Bells that will alert your phone so you can see and speak to the caller, weather your in or out!

 

Going away on holiday

Make your home look like someone is living in it:

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark
  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
  • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘keepsafe’ service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away
  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway, see if they will hold a set of keys for you incase your alarm activates.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage

 

Telford top of the league for burglaries

It is the league table no town wants to top – the cost of burglaries on homes and businesses.

 

More than 11,000 burglaries have been committed in Shropshire since 2014 – as new figures show the value of property stolen by thieves is on course to rise for a third year running, with Telford having the unfortunate honour of being the worst hit.

Figures obtained from West Mercia Police reveal more than £11 million worth of valuables have been stolen over the past four years.

And the data shows the amount rose from 2015 to 2016 and was set to go up again in 2017.

Across Shropshire, the value of property stolen in 2015 was £2,540,054, £2,797,907 in 2016 and £2,797,042 for the 10 months up to October 2017.

These figures were lower than in 2014 when the estimated total value of items stolen in burglaries and aggravated burglaries recorded was £3,341,109.

A total of 11,138 burglaries were committed across the county, including 2,560 in 2014, 2,838 in 2015, 2,705 in 2016 and 3,035 up until October last year.

And on nine occasions a person was injured during a burglary in the past four years in Shropshire – including five of which took place in Telford.

Charity Victim Support, the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England, says burglary can have an emotional impact on victims of the crime.

Spokeswoman Claire Powell said: “Victims tell us time and time again that they suffer far more than lost possessions when their home is burgled; there can be a lasting effect on the whole family.

“Burglary not only robs victims of their physical possessions – it can also rob people of their sense of security at home, a place where everyone should feel most safe.

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“What’s vitally important is that all victims have access to the support they need to help them cope and recover.”

“Victim Support provides emotional and practical help to victims of all crimes, including burglary, whether or not the incident has been reported to the police.

Householders who are victim to burglaries are advised to get their homes secured as quickly as possible and to look at ways of making properties more secure for the future.

Ms Powell added: “Some security measures can be expensive, but there are other things you can do that cost much less, such as leaving lights or a radio on when you go out and checking that all doors and windows are properly closed and locked.

“Your local police station or neighbourhood policing teams may be able to arrange for someone to give you home security advice.” Anyone looking for support can contact Victim Support’s 24/7 support line number 0808 16 89 111 or visit via victimsupport.org.uk

(Source: Shropshire Star)