Seasonal Security Solutions for the Countdown to Christmas!

Throngs of shoppers braving the frosty high streets, ever-expanding piles of presents under the tree… and a whiff of anticipation in the air for criminals everywhere – Christmas is well and truly upon us.

As we get caught up in the goodwill and merriment of the festive period, it can be easy to allow thoughts on home and personal security to drift to the back of our minds. However it is important to remain vigilant, as Christmas is seen as a time of maximum opportunity for burglars and pickpockets.

Keep yourself and your possessions safe with our Super Seven Tips:

1)  Pickpockets and bag thieves thrive in the hustle and bustle of high streets and shopping centres at this time of the year. Equip yourself with Anti-Theft Items to frustrate criminals.

2)  The rise of Digital Pickpockets that skim data from contactless cards is also a serious concern for shoppers this Christmas. Make sure you have a Card Defender to protect yourself from possible theft and identity fraud.

Card Defender ImageYou can read our previous blog about the growing threat of contactless card crime Here! 

3)  If you’re not usually home before dark, Segment Timers are perfect for setting your tree, decorations and regular house lights to switch on automatically, giving burglars the impression your home is occupied.

4)  In the days leading up to Christmas, lots of expensive new presents are stored under the tree. Don’t advertise this bounty to burglars; keep curtains or blinds closed and doors and windows locked and alarmed.

5)  The festive period is prime time for Bogus Callers, who take the opportunity to pose as carol singers or charitable workers. Always remember to utilise peep holes and Door Chains when answering. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door!

6)  Outdoors, make sure all access points are well lit with quality Security Lighting. Indoors, make sure you have (and use!) a reliable motion alarm system.

7)  Hopefully you’ve ended up on Santa’s Nice List this year… Make sure you mark all new gifts and valuables using Property Marking Kits to deter thieves from targeting them. Don’t lose your presents before you’ve had a chance to enjoy them!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Solon Security! 

Celebrate with 10% OFF at our retail site redlinesecurity.co.uk with code: XMAS16

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Product Focus: Holiday Security Pack

It’s that time of the year again, summer holiday season is upon us! Maybe the kids have just finished school, maybe it’s the annual ‘slow period’ in work, or maybe you’ve just decided you need a well-deserved break! Whatever the reason, plenty of us across the country will be heading off on our jollies over the coming weeks.

Whether you’re jetting off into the sun or enjoying a domestic break here in the UK, one sure fire way of enjoying your holiday to the max is feeling safe in the knowledge that you have left your home secure against the threat of burglars and intruders.

That’s where the Holiday Security Pack comes in – with just one great-value purchase you can equip your property with 5 high quality home security devices, as selected in partnership with UK Police forces!

Read on to find out how the contents of the Holiday Security Pack can hold the fort while you’re away!

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1. PIR Alarm with RF Key Fob

This simple but effective alarm unit uses PIR motion sensor technology, with a powerful 130dBs siren ready to shock intruders and attract attention. Key fob activated, a mounting bracket is included for optimum positioning in your property and battery power means no wiring is required for easy installation.

2. Key Fob Autodialer

One of the most popular home security devices on the market. The key fob activated autodialer connects direct to your phone socket and stores up to 3 programmable numbers along with a 20 second user-recorded message. In the event the PIR sensor detects motion, the unit autodials the 3 numbers and plays the message, alerting the listener to the intrusion. A 125dBs siren is built-in, giving you the additional option to shock intruders as well.

3. FakeTV

As seen on Dragon’s Den, This Morning and The Gadget Show, the FakeTV is a hugely useful device that mimics the LED display of a television, giving the impression that someone is home watching TV, even when your property is unoccupied. An after-dark timer means the unit can be set to activate automatically in the evenings for added protection.

4. 24hr Segment Timer

The essential Holiday Security item; segment timers are easy to use accessories that allow you to set specific times for lights and other appliances to switch on/off. Fool burglars into thinking someone is home in the evenings by having a hallway lamp flick on, or the kitchen radio crackle into life.

5. UV Property Marking Pen

A UV marker pen allows you to mark valuables and accessories with your details (such as name, number & post code etc.), in invisible ink that only shows up under UV light. In the event of valuables being stolen, UV marking makes it easier for Police to identify and subsequently return any  stolen items.

To purchase your own Holiday Security Pack, or to shop for other security essentials including Safe Cans, External Alarm Systems and Remote CCTV, visit our retail website www.redlinesecurity.co.uk.

SPECIAL OFFER – ALL orders throughout July and August will receive a FREE UV Property Marking Pen and you can use our ‘Summer16’ code for 10% off your order total!

Your Checklist for Beating the Bogus Callers

Doorstep Crime can affect people of all ages, but in particular the elderly and vulnerable members of our communities.  Such instances of crime often involve Bogus Callers i.e. criminals pretending to be someone they’re not in order to gain your trust or distract you.

Bogus Callers can take many forms, from those posing as workmen or police officers, to those who claim their car has broken down. Once at your doorstep the criminal will try and talk their way inside to commit a burglary, or distract you long enough for an accomplice to slip in through another entrance.

How can you protect yourself against Bogus Callers? Simply follow our handy checklist below for what to do when there’s a knock at your door:

Are you expecting anyone?
If not, consider whether you should answer at all, particularly if it is after dark.

Can you see who is calling?
Using a peephole, electronic door viewer, intercom, or even just glancing out of a window can help you establish if the caller may be suspicious.

You’ve decided to answer.
Before you open the door, are your back doors and windows shut and locked? This will prevent sneak-in burglaries whilst you are occupied at the front door.

Have you applied your door chain?
These essential bits of kit allow the identification and verification of callers, without allowing them access. The higher quality chain the better.

You’ve partially opened the door with your door chain applied.
If the caller is a stranger then ask them who they are and what they want. 

Is the caller claiming to be in trouble or that their car has broken down etc?
Do not feel obligated to invite them in or to leave your home, offer to call the police or breakdown recovery. Don’t worry about being rude, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Is the caller claiming to be from an organisation?
Ask to see some ID. Ensure you check it closely, a genuine caller won’t mind handing their credentials over.

Does their ID seem genuine?
If you’re not sure, call the organisation they claim to represent. Always try and use a number you find yourself (e.g. online) rather than the one that’s on their ID. 

If you decide to call their organisation.
Shut the door again whilst doing so. A genuine caller will understand and won’t mind waiting.

Does everything check out?
You’ve now completed the Lock, Stop, Chain, Check process for identifying Bogus Callers and combatting Distraction Burglary. You can return to your visitor with confidence. However if you’re still in doubt, just keep them out!

For more information on Bogus Callers, or to view our range of crime prevention products, visit www.redlinesecurity.co.uk or follow our twitter account @SolonSecurity.

 

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 www.redlinesecurity.co.uk, or call our team on 01352 736125.