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Backing up the ‘Not With My Name’ campaign supported by Amthal Fire & Security, latest crime statistics has shown a 9% increase in fraud offences committed in England and Wales.

The latest crime statistics, published in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), estimated that overall there were 6.8million crimes in 2014/15, down 7% on the last 12 months. 

This is the first time the ONS has been able to compare fraud year on year, due to recent changes in the way these crimes are measured.

Yet statisticians suggest that true levels could be higher given that only 20,000 offences referred to Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting service, involved cheque, plastic card and online bank accounts.

This is much lower than the volumes of such offences estimated by industry. The ONS said the discrepancy reflected the fact that victims of card and bank fraud are more likely to report cases to financial services providers that reimburse their losses than to Action Fraud.

Says Jamie Allam, Commercial Director of Amthal: “The statistics speak for themselves that fraud offences is of grace concern; it is something we are acutely aware as when identity is involved it goes right to the core of ‘protecting what’s precious’. This is especially when it comes to online activity and we encourage everyone to be careful about information they provide and to whom.”

In other findings, the ONS revealed that the 7% fall in the crime survey estimate included a 21% fall in thefts from the person and a 22% drop in thefts of other personal property.

On a more local basis, crime in London increased by 1%, but there were decreases in robberies, theft from a person offences, burglaries, and drug offences. 

Jamie concluded: “The drop in burglaries is naturally encouraging, but still this is no time for complacency. We will continue to work with local police forces, homes and businesses to support dedicated campaigns and ensure property is fitted with the very latest security products to ensure assets and possessions are safe and secure. This way, we can reduce further opportunist attacks and keep the long-term downward trend heading in the right direction.”

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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