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Meaningful increases in “high-volume offences” such as domestic burglary and car crime are among some of the concerns cited in the latest official crime statistics.

The survey results, highlighting crime levels between September 2016 and September 2017, show domestic burglary rose by 32% to 261,965 offences and vehicle thefts rose 18% to 443,577.

The results are part of an overall 14% year on year increase in offences recorded by forces across England and Wales; with the most significant rise, revealed by the Office for National Statistics, seen in knife and gun crime.

Says Jamie Allam, Commercial Director of Amthal Fire & Security: “The results speak for themselves when it comes to an increased national need for vigilance, not only to protect our homes and possessions but also as we go about our everyday lives.  

“On a local level, the media has reported the spike in burglaries and Amthal is working closely with Police forces to ensure we can offer the very latest solutions to keep our homes and communities safe and secure.”

Amthal offers the following top tips to protect your home from burglary:

1.  Back To Basics

Check your locks across the home as installing certain approved lock types can not only reduce your chance of a burglar gaining entry but also ensure that your home insurance premium is reduced.

2.  Be Alarmed!

Alarm systems remain one of the best forms of home protection.  Home alarm systems immediately inform emergency authorities and warn homeowners of any potential dangers. Seeing that a home has an alarm system often prevents an intruder from even attempting a burglary. Hearing an alarm go off usually sends a burglar running.

3.  Look Like You’re At Home

Burglars scour neighbourhoods looking for homeowners who are away from their home for an extended period of time. Automatic timers are great ways to turn lights on and off while you’re away and ensure your home looks occupied, even if it isn’t!

4.  Shine A Light

A smart way to keep thieves away is to use lighting. Lighting with an infrared detector automatically turns on when someone is in a specific zone or area. No burglar wants to be in easy view while committing a crime. 

5.  Be Seen and Heard

Police recommend homes utilise modern security solutions such as CCTV and Visual Verification.  Even doorbells can now offer video capability to ensure you can see exactly who is at your door, before you open it, all from the convenience or your smart phone!

6. Don’t Get Complacent

We know the score – don’t leave keys or possessions in easy reach – but many still ignore.  You may be part of a neighbourhood watch, and have the latest products and solutions in place, but one key under the plant pot is all it takes. 

Jamie concluded: “It’s important to remember the majority of burglars operate on an opportunist basis, so the more chance you give them to show your home is empty, the more likely they are to enter your home, and it only takes seconds for a crime to be committed.”

“Ultimately, there’s a reason 40% of Brits prefer to pay for installation of security products.  Make sure your home is protected and compliant to latest standards by calling in the professionals.”

INTRUDER

Back to basic security and alarms are the premise to all good security.  Amthal will ensure a monitored alarm, or wireless security system can be tailored to your property to keep your assets and possessions safe and protected from any opportunist or professional criminal activity.

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FIRE

If you are responsible for business premises, an employer or self-employed with business premises, responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes, a charity or voluntary organisation or a contractor with a degree of control over any premises, you have a responsibility in relation to fire prevention!

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ACCESS

As the world becomes more digital and buildings more intelligent, homeowners and businesses are looking at more efficient ways to secure buildings.  Access control enables you total control on who has access to your building. Locks and keys also allow you to secure your building, but when keys are lost or stolen, the inconvenience and expense of changing locks and re-issuing keys can be considerable.

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CCTV

CCTV Installation can let you know who is at your door, help prevent incidents and criminal activity and help protect people and property.  Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) works around the clock to help detect and deter crime, providing organisations with vital information.  Many existing users of CCTV installation are failing to realise the full potential of their system and the benefits it can provide.

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DESIGN

Amthal's team of surveyors and system design engineers include individuals with industry experience of over 20 years combined with technology specialists who's purpose it is to keep up with the ever changing industry technology, products and integration.

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INSTALLATION

We are regularly audited by the SSAIB & BAFE to ensure all systems we install meet current BS & EU industry standard requirements, Our experienced and skilled staff will deliver the design, installation and commissioning of the entire system.

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MAINTENANCE

Preventative service visits form part of our industries codes of practice and are essential to ensure your electronic fire & security systems work effectively when most required.  Amthal's service & maintenance Contract customers receive priority response for all site and telephone support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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MONITORING

Amthal partners with EMCS, the UK's leading independent alarm receiving centre.  EMCS is approved by the security industry governing bodies NACOSS and BSIA to BS5979 and ISO9000. Their monitoring environment is resistant to any possible attack or power failures.  All incoming telephone calls are responded to within 10 seconds!

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