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The latest crime rates for England and Wales has doubled to more than 11.6m offences, with the sharp rise in figures due to the inclusion of an estimated 5.1m online fraud incidents and 2.5m cybercrime offences.

This is the first time that families suffering identity theft, “phishing” scams and electronic attacks on their computers and bank accounts have been included in the figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the publication of an official estimate of fraud and cybercrime alongside the crime survey of England and Wales following ‘growing concern’ that cybercrime ‘makes up’ for the longer term fall in crime.

The latest crime survey for England and Wales, which is based on people’s experience of crime, has also shown an 8% continued fall of ‘traditional crimes’ such as burglary, with an estimated 6.5m offences in the 12 months to June. Says

Jamie Allam, Commercial Director at Amthal Fire & Security: “The latest crime statistics show very clearly that the nature of crime is changing at a rapid pace, as burglaries become more sophisticated in their methods and take advantage of latest online technologies to attack their targets.

“With this in mind it’s crucial that consumers take necessary steps to protect their personal documents at home and when they are on the move, keep them out of view at all times, and be very careful to whom they provide details. We are already working closely with Neighbourhood Watch teams to ensure we can monitor the situation and keep our customers secure.”

See our latest advice on how to keep your identity safe.




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.



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!



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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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!