Family Safety Week 2016 – Safety Starts with a Secure Home!

This week sees the return of Family Safety Week across the UK, an annual initiative run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

This year’s focus is on keeping children safe in the home, particularly in regard to preventing accidents and removing hazards. For more information you can visit the website here.

The first step to keeping your family safe is to ensure they live in a secure environment . With this in mind we have prepared a list of 10 Top Tips for keeping your family home safe from external threats, such as burglars and vandals, and internal risks such as accidents and house fires. Take a look below:

1) Let’s start with the basics: ensure all windows and doors are securely locked whenever they are not in use or are left unattended. Use British Standard locks for maximum protection.

2) You can add an additional layer of security to your home by installing window alarms and door handle alarms. These simple devices can help prevent forced entry and sneak-in burglaries.

3) It is important to practice good Doorstep Security to combat bogus callers and distraction burglary; install a Police Approved door chain and always ask for ID. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door!

4) Good home security extends to your garden too; ensure any sheds or outbuildings are kept securely locked and alarmed, with any tools or other equipment tidied away.

5) CCTV is one of the most effective anti-theft devices your home can have, enabling you to spot potential thieves or vandals and make it easier for Police to catch them.

6) Decoy CCTV can be equally valuable in terms of deterring burglars, particularly when the units are positioned in plain sight, and won’t break the bank! Hi-Vis warning signage is similarly effective.

7) Security lighting is a constant deterrent to thieves all year round, particularly solar powered models that are easy to install and require no maintenance.

8) Many accidents around the home can occur at night due to poor visibility. Dusk Till Dawn bulbs and Nightlights are great, cost effective and energy efficient ways to combat this risk.

9) Slips, Trips & Falls are common causes of domestic injury, particularly amongst children and the elderly. Consider safety items such as handrails, non-slip tape and covers for sharp edges.

10) Ensure your home is strong on Fire Safety; install both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and ensure they are tested at least once a fortnight.

If you are looking to improve your home security you can view our range of quality products at, or call our team on 01352 736125.


CCTV Designed to Capture Rural Crime

Rural Crime has been a growing concern across the UK for the past decade, with such cases estimated to have cost the UK almost £38 million in 2014 according to NFU Mutual.

The term Rural Crime can be used to refer to any crime that affects those living, working or visiting rural areas of the UK (Crimestoppers). Common instances can involve theft, vandalism, fly tipping and even poaching.

Over the years the implementation of CCTV has helped reduce crime and aid the capturing of criminals within traditional hotspots, such as car parks and city centres (College of Policing). However these locations benefit from easy access to electricity that most rural locations do not share, meaning CCTV has not always been a viable option for capturing Rural Criminals.

However there are now quality CCTV units available that are specifically designed to operate within rural environments, using battery power and SD cards to record and store video footage wirelessly. One such example is the Acorn Black Light Camera, shown below.

A camera such as the Acorn (above) runs off regular AA batteries, meaning it is fully portable and unrestricted in its deployment. One set of batteries can be enough to allow the camera to operate for as long as 6 months; the battery life is dependent on usage, so activating the optional PIR function, which means the camera will only power up and record when it senses movement within its 15-20m radius, will conserve battery life considerably.

The best battery powered CCTV (sometimes also referred to as Trail Cams) will come with Night Vision capabilities, meaning they will record regular colour footage during the day, before automatically switching to black and white playback once night has fallen. This means that the rural location in question will be under optimal surveillance 24 hours a day.

Top of the range cameras will also be weatherproof, come with handy accessories such as tree straps or protective cases, and will often have a covert design or finish. A covertly designed camera will blend in more effectively with rural surroundings, catching oblivious criminals in the act.

Battery powered CCTV, mixed with quality security lighting, locks and signage, can enhance the security of a remote location considerably. For more information on Rural Crime security products visit or call our team on 01352 736125.







How Loud is a Personal Attack Alarm?

In previous posts we have looked at the benefits of owning a Personal Alarm, particularly with our focus on Darker Nights Security over the winter.

Advertisements for Personal Alarms will often cite the decibels (dBs) of the siren as a big selling point, with most units measuring around the 130dBs mark. But just how loud is this? Check out our handy comparison guide below!

10 dBs:
A pin dropping.

70-80 dBs:
Toilet flushing, vacuum cleaner, alarm clock.

90-100 dBs:
Lawn mower, food blender, farm tractor.

110-120 dBs:
Handheld drill, chainsaw, thunderclap.

130-140 dBs:
Air raid siren, Defender Personal Alarms.


150-160 dBs:
Jet taking off, shotgun fired.

As you can see from the above, the typical 130-140 dBs siren range on Personal Alarms ranks them above chainsaws and alongside air raid sirens in terms of volume! Certainly loud enough to shock, disorientate and discourage a potential attacker!

For more information, or to get yourself a Personal Alarm, you can call our team on 01352 736125.


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