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The new academic term is nearly here and students (or parents!) all over the UK will be packing the essential home comforts, and undoubtedly the latest laptop, smart phone and tablet technology. And yet, despite the expensive equipment, many undergraduates forget to think about personal safety and security when preparing to move away from home.

Research from Swiftcover has revealed one in six students have fallen victim to theft at some point during their university years, with almost half of those losing more than £150 worth of possessions. So whether you’re studying for the first time or heading back after the summer holidays, consider these simple tips for a stress-free September.  

Moving day

Take extra care on move-in day not to leave your room unattended. The hustle and bustle of bags and boxes coming and going can provide the perfect cover for a burglar to strike unnoticed.   Opportunist burglars also see student halls and housing as easy targets due to bedroom and flat doors being left unlocked or ajar, making it a quick in-and-out job. As a result, it is important to remember to lock all doors and windows whenever you’re not in – even if you’re only popping out for a few minutes.  

Lock it up

Student accommodation has many changeovers every year and it is hard to keep track of who has had copies of keys and when. Check with your landlord when the locks were last changed and if the keys are patented or restricted (meaning that they cannot be copied without proof of ownership or easily duplicated due to their unique design). Also, keep your wifi secure and don’t give your passwords to everyone and anyone!  

Stay alert

Once settled into your student digs, consider investing in a battery-powered, stand alone alarm or IP camera. These can be placed freestanding or fixed to a wall for easy installation and convenience that won’t affect your tenancy agreement.  

Safe as houses

To protect smaller, more expensive valuables, consider a portable safe for your room. These are ideal for storing money, jewellery and any important documents you may have taken with you. Finally if you’re travelling around campus on bike, make sure you have sufficient cycle locks so you don’t get caught out.  

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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