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With Black Friday now in full swing and less than a month to go until Christmas, shoppers everywhere will be feeling the festive spirit. But sadly, we are not alone, as opportunist burglars are also looking to strike.

Amthal is sharing the message of local Neighbourhood Watch teams to encourage shoppers to be extra vigilant as they wrap up the last of the present buying in time for the big day.

Says Jamie Allam of Amthal Fire & Security: “With the rising popularity of Black Friday in stores and the lead up to Christmas, retailers have invested significantly in putting their finest advertising together and a retail environment to encourage customers to bring the festive feeling to life (and spend in the process!)

“However, opportunist criminals also look forward to the chance to take hide in the increased crowds and escape unnoticed with stolen goods from individuals and retailers. With this in mind, keeping an eye on personal possessions, including handbags, mobiles and valuables should be every shopper’s number one priority.”

Top tips to ensure you stay secure when shopping this Christmas:

  1. Ladies should keep bags zipped up at all times. Police are even encouraging women to use strap over shoulder bags which burglars will avoid completely.
  2. Keep wallets in front pockets so that they are more difficult to pick-pocket
  3. If using cash, separate it out into small sections so if you are targeted, you don’t lose it all in one go
  4. Mobile phones should be used quickly and swiftly, before being stored away safely.
  5. Be careful when checking in on social media, as burglars will know your home is empty.
  6. When dropping off shopping bags to the car, please ensure they are out of sight completely. And make sure you lock the care securely before carrying on shopping!
  7. If you spot anything or anyone acting suspiciously, please report to a member of staff who will also (hopefully) be trained and on guard through the busy period.

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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