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A smart home alarm system can be a highly effective deterrent; 60% of burglars say they would be discouraged from targeting a house if they knew it had one fitted, bypassing your home for an easier picking.

And this is especially crucial to consider as we head towards the winter months, when burglaries increase by up to 20% when the clocks change, as thieves take advantage of the earlier sunsets and darker evenings.

Here’s some top tips to keeping your home secure this winter:

1. Be Alarmed

What it comes down to is a home without an alarm is 2 – 3 times more likely to be burgled. Not only is it a visual deterrent to tell the opportunist that you do take home security seriously, but it is also a warning that you are connected to the Police who will act if an alarm is triggered. In fact, the Police believe that alarms deter 85% of burglars.

2. Don’t Forget The Basics

More than 6,000 burglaries in 2014 involved intruders using keys to gain access. This could be because 94% of homeowners leave windows open and 52% make the common mistake of hiding keys by doorways. Also remember that 50% of burglars stated that parcel deliveries left out was a big draw.

3. Hide Your Valuables & Personal Documents

The most commonly stolen goods in burglary may remain what is easy to grab; namely money (34%,) electrical (30%) and computers (34%) but still 78% of us leave valuables in easy view of passers by. With the rise in ID fraud, personal documents should now also be on the list to be safely put away.

4. Think Social

Be careful about posting your updates and whereabouts on social media, especially if you’re purchasing expensive gifts in the lead up to Christmas or planning a holiday. 78% of ex-burglars in a recent interview said the social media platforms and even Google Street View is being used to target properties.

As the nights draw in and weather turns colder, whether you’re preparing for the festive season, going away on holiday, or simply turning the lights out after a long day at work, make sure your home is secure with a smart system that can offer complete peace-of-mind, protecting both your belongings, and – most importantly – you and your family.

Sources: Home Office, http://household-tips.thefuntimesguide.com/2010/05/security_systems_for_home.php, and Templeton Robinson

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 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.

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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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