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2012 was another year of excellent growth for British Security Technologies and a year when we enjoyed working on some major projects for household name clients such as Westminster Abbey, Christian Dior, Otto Uomo and Paule Ka. Of course we were equally delighted to work with numerous smaller clients across a wide variety of sectors in delivering practical and cost effective business security solutions.

In 2013 our business has seen continued progress and we are now in the planning and design stages for several major new projects including the installation of intruder alarms and CCTV at the new London HQ of a well-known fashion house, several shop security projects and large scale integrated business security solutions for a number of new clients. We are currently halfway through a major project located in the prestigious Kensington Palace Gardens that has given us the opportunity to integrate several security platforms that have not been integrated before. We are working with our partners: The Risco Group, Axis Cameras, Omnitrax buried detection systems and Vivotek to develop the technology necessary for these major manufacturers to work together for the first time. We look forward to announcing more details on these projects later in the year.

 

You know, in my life I’ve had a lot of jobs, tried different things. But the best job I’ve ever had is burglary. A nice living and no real effort involved. Some of householders they almost help you. And with my connections getting rid of the gear in no problem, one job a week and I’m sorted.

As I say, some of the householders they almost help you, don’t take even the most simple precautions to keep me out. Never mind no burglar alarm, there’s windows left open, doors left unlocked, keys left by the door. You see I don’t want to do time for my job so I look for the softest targets, the ones where there’s no lights on night after night, where the posts been there several days, ones where the curtains are always undrawn, where the milks been there several days. That tells me straight away there’s no one home, far less chance of any problems. Some of them even leave a key under the door matt or on a string inside the letterbox!

Of course if the house is well secured there’s always the shed or garage, you see people forget about those things and there’s a nice profit to be had from knocked off lawn mowers, garden furniture, bikes, tools, that kind of thing. If I am lucky I can even got into the house from the garage, thank you very much.

Most days I just go for a walk, take a look around and suss out a few easy targets. Then it’s a quick in and out and a nice profit. The only places I leave alone are the ones where the owners been a bit savvy, everything locked up, signs that people are at home, good lighting and all. Publicity isn’t the thing in my business! Then there’s the biggest turn off of all, a good burglar alarm, best to leave them alone especially when so many places are there for the taking.

Crime’s in my blood, it’s how I make my living, if I do get caught and go down I’ll just start all over again when I get out. Plenty more easy victims out there.

If you don’t want to be this guy’s next victim then:

  • Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious.
  • Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
  • Install a visible burglar alarm from British Security Technologies.
  • Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked.
  • Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer.
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition.
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage.
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
  • Consider PIR sensors to switch on lights when movement is detected around your property after darkness.
  • Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows.


Call 0800 393364 for a free security survey from British Security Technologies.

 

Westminster Abbey would certainly rank as one of the very top tourist attractions in London and with interest in visiting the UK’s capital likely to be revitalised following the success of the 2012 Olympics, the world famous abbey could be seeing even more visitors. Construction of the current church began as long ago as 1245 with the most recent additions to the structure only added in the 19th century. During its long history the Abbey has seen at least 16 royal weddings and funerals for famous figures such as Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and William Wilberforce.

Even in such a religious and historic place people have to eat and so Westminster Abbey has opened the new Cellarium Café to provide hospitality to visitors in the ancient Benedictine tradition. The Café is located in the Cellarium which is a part of the 14th century fabric of the Abbey where the monks used to keep their food and drink. The beautiful Cellarium Café is set over two floors and provides a wide range of food and drink to visitors.

So where does British Security Technologies fit in with all this? Well even in Westminster Abbey sound security is a necessity and we were selected to provide the security systems for the café. The first part of the job was to survey the site and make recommendations as to the types of security systems required to keep both the visitors and the building safe. Our recommendations included a wireless fire alarm system which would network to the main Westminster Abbey system, an IP digital CCTV system, door entry and emergency disabled call systems.

The next stage of the project was to plan and co-ordinate with a host of other contractors to ensure that we were able deliver the security systems on time and on budget, particularly given the complications of working in such a historic building. In order to comply with the strict aesthetic and regulatory obligations, we initially designed all our systems to operate totally wirelessly and therefore eliminate the potential for unsightly cables running to security devices such as cameras, smoke / heat detectors and emergency call points etc. Consideration also had to be given to the fact that as a grade 1 listed building with full public access safety considerations were as important as aesthetics.

Work was initially delayed after the discovery of a major 14th century foundation wall that had not been shown on any of the original drawings, work was halted whilst these foundations were carefully excavated and documented as they may have contained vital fragments of previously unearthed historical artefacts. After 3 months delay the site was finally cleared for the continuation of works. Our initial forecasts for totally wireless working were reassessed by our site engineers and we redesigned the systems to work as a digital hybrid ie: part wired - part wireless - fully integrated to gain the maximum operating efficiency versus aesthetic compliance. We discovered that the combination of 12 foot thick ancestral walls combined with the massive reinforced steel structures played havoc with wireless transmissions. The wireless transmission paths were reassessed many times during the construction process to ensure that the final systems would operate without undue interference.

We are proud to say that all aspects of the work were successfully completed and the Westminster Abbey Cellarium Café is now open to visitors who can admire and enjoy the architectural splendour of their surroundings knowing that their safety has been taken care of by British Security Technologies.

Credit to:

EMS Firecell wireless fire detection systems

Vista digital surveillance cameras and network video recorders

BPT door entry systems

Alpro deadlocking bolts

 

London has become famous as a leading world centre for the fashion industry, when you think fashion the cities of London, Paris, Milan and New York simply roll off the tongue. Even in these difficult economic times the major fashion houses of the world sell a huge variety of branded designer goods in central London including watches, jewellery, bags, dresses, shoes, etc. However these high quality retail outlets have also become a target for some increasing daring robberies and other crimes.

The last few years has seen some very infamous robberies from central London fashion houses, in the Graff Diamonds robbery of August 2009 raiders got away with nearly £40 million worth of designer jewellery consisting of watches, rings, bracelets and necklaces. A year later, none of the stolen items had been recovered. In August 2010 raiders struck two designer jewellery shops in an upmarket arcade in the financial district using sledgehammers to smash through windows and cases. The shops De Beers and Omega both lost thousands of pounds of merchandise but at least on this occasion CCTV footage gave the police some vital clues.

The problem these fashion houses face is how to integrate the most sophisticated security systems into a store without losing the appeal and look of the store itself. That is where British Security Technologies comes in. In the last year or so we have worked with several major international branded fashion houses in developing security systems for central London premises. The list of our clients includes flagship stores for Fendi in Sloane Street, Paule Ka in Mount St, Otto Uomo in Grosvenor Street, Christian Dior Homme in Bicester and Qui London in Great Titchfield Street.

Each of these projects was very demanding, the clients required the very highest specification for the security system equipment including CCTV, intruder alarms, access control, fire systems and integrated security solutions. Our engineers were required to work with the store designers to ensure these security systems were not just professionally installed but also that the equipment blended perfectly with the prestigious store designs. The continued demand for our services in this field demonstrates our ability to fulfil these exacting requirements.

In many of these store we have successfully integrated Intruder alarms, fire alarms and CCTV systems to operate seemlessly and advise the relevant authorities when required.

 

With the London Olympic Games commencing on 27th July excitement is starting to rise in the UK and around the world at the arrival of such a huge and prestigious sporting event. The venues are all complete, tickets are selling well and the capitals businesses are looking forward to a busy period. However along with all the excitement the event will bring some problems along with an estimated cost of over £11 billion. Perhaps the biggest of these problems is the associated security risk.

The London Olympics will see the biggest mobilisation of security and military personnel in the UK since the Second World War with a total of up to 50,000 people involved in the security operation. This will include 13,500 military personnel. This army of security staff will be backed by an impressive array of hardware including unmanned drones, surface to air missiles, Typhoon fighter aircraft, 55 dog patrol teams and an 11 mile long 5,000 volt electric security fence.

An amazing range of new technology will be used in the security operation. London will be having a range of new scanning devices, bio-metric ID cards, number and facial recognition CCTV systems, disease tracking systems, extra police control centres and security checkpoints in key zones of the city.

So what does all this extra security and the arrival of the Olympic Games mean for your business? Well as well as hopefully a rise in business activity in London, it means it is also well worth considering your own security arrangements. Major events often bring about an increase in the levels of crime. Most reputable and approved security companies will offer a free consultation to advise you on how to enhance your business security. This can include adding CCTV, alarm systems, access control systems, fire protection and Redcare.

A professional and approved security company will be able to visit your premises, assess your current security systems, identify any risks and then recommend the right security systems to keep your business safe both during the Olympics and into the future. CCTV and alarm systems will act as a deterrent to those determined the use the Games as cover for criminal activity. An access control system will enable you to keep unwanted intruders out of the building. Most importantly, get the right security system to fulfil your business security needs.

 

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