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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)

It’s showtime

We’re off on our travels this summer and are looking forward to greeting customers old and new.

 

The Security Services Group’s team are taking to the road to showcase the latest security products.

 

Our, state-of-the-art show trailer will be at summer shows and fairs in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire.

 

We’d love you to come and join us as we demonstrate the latest equipment to help protect your home.

 

While many homes and businesses now have a burglar alarm, there are many sophisticated products available should you need extra security.

 

Business crime in both the town and countryside remains a major concern. The Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce say there is a crime every hour against businesses in the county and it is no secret that criminals are looking to target farms and equestrian yards, stealing high value machinery and livestock.

 

We will be showcasing our products at nine events this summer; everyone who visits our stand is in with a chance of winning a children’s tractor and trailer, and for every survey undertaken you can claim one of our goodie bags.

 

The show programme begins with the Shropshire County Agricultural Show at The Greenhous West Mids Showground, Shrewsbury on 27th May.

 

The full programme is:

Shropshire County Agricultural Show – 27th May

Staffordshire County Show – 31st May & 1st June

The Royal Cheshire County Show – 20th & 21st June

Newport Show – 8th July

The Nantwich Show – 26th July

The Leek District Show – 29th July

Burwarton Show – 3rd August

The Oswestry Show – 5th August

The Midland Game and Country Fair – 16th & 17th September

 

We’d love to see you!

Security Wise Win Tender for Telford and Wrekin Council!

Security Wise Ltd are pleased to announce their successful bid for a 3 year servicing and response maintenance of intruder alarms, fire alarms, disable refuge, CCTV, nurse call systems and door access for approximately 130 sites for Telford and Wrekin Council.

“We were extremely pleased to hear that we would continue to support Telford and Wrekin Council” said Melissa Palmer, General Manager.

Shelley Bourne, Contracts Manager for Telford and Wrekin Council announced the good news, commenting

“Congratulations on winning this contract, I look forward to working with you over the coming years”.

Security Wise will attend in excess of 340 systems until 2020.

Ensuring your automated gates adhere to the latest standards

Hearing all too often in the news about accidents and tragic deaths of children where automated gates were in place made Security Wise Ltd question their duty to existing and perspective customers about the laws surrounding automated gates.

 

The laws state that every new powered gate, when it is put into service, must comply with the European Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC), especially the Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements, be CE marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity.  So we sent our Engineering Supervisor, Jamie Wilson along to Sutton-in-Ashfield to attend the a course on Gate Safety.

 

Ran by DHF (Door and Hardware Federation), the course took place over two days and focused on technical and practical safety procedures. The DHF Gate Safety Diploma covers all aspects of gate safety from initial risk assessment through to force testing. After passing with flying colours we are now pleased to say that Jamie is fully conversant with all relevant safety regulations and can issue a Declaration of Conformity.

 

If you already have gates which require a risk assessment or would like a quote for new, call us on 01743 450222 and we can arrange for Jamie to come and discuss your requirements with you.

Security Wise Supply ITC With System For Hub

Security Wise Ltd have donated and installed a new security system at, Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s, new Community Hub.

The installation within the hub is comprehensive ensuring protection is in place within all areas of the premises and external doors.

Benn Jarvis, Sales Manager for Security Wise Ltd, said: “We are happy to help such a worthy local based project.”

“The Honeywell system installed is top of the range, and is just a small representation of the services we provide, as we don’t just install intruder alarms, but CCTV, access control and fire alarm systems to name just a few.”

Shrewsbury Town in the Community manager Jamie Edwards said: “Security Wise is another example of the community spirit shown by local businesses towards the new hub.”

“We can’t thank Benn and the staff at Security Wise enough for installing the security system.”

Security Wise Staff Help a Deserving Family in Rural Hopesay in the Shropshire Hills

Top 10 Tips for Home Security 2017

1. Always lock the door and close the windows when you go out, even if you’ll only be out for a short time.

2. All external doors should have 3 locking points. Mortice locks will add considerable strength to your door.

3. Don’t leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed. Keep garden sheds and garages locked.

4. Keep car and garage keys out of sight in the house.

5. Don’t leave window and door keys in their locks.

6. Always draw your curtains at night and make sure valuable items cannot be easily seen from outside.

7. Use timers for lights and radios if you will be out of the house overnight. They create the impression that someone is at home.

8. Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and security lighting act as deterrents. Particularly ensure that recessed areas and doorways have good security lighting. Make sure that lights don’t disturb your neighbours and that alarm systems have the obligatory 20 minute cut off.

9. Make sure that garden tools or ladders that could be used for force entry into your home are not left lying around.

10. Make sure that any security improvements you make to your house don’t prevent you from getting out as quickly as possible in case of fire.

Reining-in the rise in equine crime

Rosy mornings plodding around the paddock with your equine friend may seem like an idealistic lifestyle but to those who own horses, there is a danger lurking in the horizon.

In the last few years crimes against the equine has sharply risen, says insurer NFU Mutual, with claims on equine insurance tripling in the year 2012 and continuing to rise ever since. What is even more frightening about these attacks is that the criminals have no bounds. Not only are they stealing the equipment or horses, they are also vandalising the property itself, leaving horse owners devastated.

With tack and horse boxes accounting for 60% of claims on insurance, horse owners are right to feel threatened. Horses may be a huge emotional investment, but they are also an expensive one and of those who have found themselves a victim of these crimes, many have discovered that they have under-insured their property too.

Despite many rural communities making movements against these crimes with Horse Watch Schemes, it is not enough. Nothing is more effective in protecting your equine interest than investing in better personal security. By seeking out the newest generation of surveillance and access systems, you will sleep easier knowing that you’re saddling up against the rise of equine crime.

In spearheading our own campaign against equine crime, The Security Services Group are continuously looking for the latest innovations in security technology, in the hope of keeping horse owners ahead of the ever changing game of the crime underworld.

Of course, fitting the latest CCTV systems is only one of the many services we offer in the protection against these rural criminals. There is also Biometric Access Control granting restrictions to desired areas, infrared beam protection and gates or barriers, all of which are designed to out-wit and catch out the most accomplished criminal.

Although we want to believe we will never be a victim of such attacks, waiting idly will only allow the crime statistics to increase. Until we can see a significant decline in claims on insurance by taking personal measures against equine crimes, the country side will continue to be haunted by a menace that costs the country’s horse owners millions of pounds a year on insurance claims.

Don’t let the next victim be you. If you want more information, or need help on improving your equine security, call a member of our team today on 0800 0194 261 for advice.