Category: CCTV

Beyond Secure Barns and Fields: Unpacking the Power of CCTV for Farms

Beyond Secure Barns and Fields: Unpacking the Power of CCTV for Farms

Farming is much more than the business of reaping and sowing; it is a way of life. Demanding dedication, hard work and a deep understanding of the land and its resources. But here’s a hard truth…

Your farm, your life’s work, is a hot target for criminals – theft of vital machinery, vandalism, trespassing… you’ve heard the stories. According to NFU Mutual’s claims statistics, 2022 witnessed a sharp 22% increase in rural crime. And an estimated £49.5 million in losses!

Sadly, this begs the question; how can a savvy farmer stay one step ahead?

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Warning! Crucial new Fire Safety regulations every Responsible Person must heed!

Warning! Crucial new Fire Safety regulations every Responsible Person must heed!

It’s big news in the world of fire safety regulations. The rules have changed and it’s crucial for you to stay informed, if you’re responsible for fire safety in your premises.

As of October 1st, 2023, amendments to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 introduce new duties for fire safety in workplaces and other non-domestic premises. Whether you’re a small business owner, employer, building manager or accommodation proprietor, it’s crucial to understand these changes and how they affect your role as a Responsible Person.

The buck stops where… who is responsible?

Responsibility rests with your Responsible Person. That is whoever is responsible for fire safety in your premises. Often it is business owners, employers, building owners or managers and accommodation proprietors but could be an employee. With the new regulations, the scope of responsibility and compliance has widened, emphasising the safety of all.

What’s changing and what it means to you?

The changes are thanks to Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022. It is all about beefing up fire safety in buildings. We’re talking improved cooperation, enhanced authority powers, better access to safety info for residents, and more robust recording and sharing requirements. If you’re running a small business, these are changes you’ll want to pay attention to. Especially this part:

  • Mandatory Fire Risk Assessments: Regardless of business size or number of employees, every Responsible Person must now complete a thorough fire risk assessment.
  • Detailed Recording of Assessments: You are required to record not just significant findings but all hazards and deficiencies identified during the assessment.

Wondering if these changes affect you? If you’re an employer, landlord, building owner, facilities manager, or even running a B & B, the answer is probably yes. It’s your job to make sure these new duties are fulfilled.

Every responsible person needs to complete a fire risk assessment for their premises, document it, and keep a record of all fire safety arrangements. The game has changed: even if you have fewer than five employees, you need to do this. And remember, all findings, big or small, must be recorded.

Building Safety Act 2022 Infographic

This infographic from DX3 Fire & Security gives you a quick and easy overview of what the amendments mean:

Building Safety Act Infographic

Conducting your Fire Risk Assessment. Your two options

Conducting your fire risk assessment involves several key steps: identifying fire hazards, assessing the level of risk, eliminating or reducing risks, recording findings and emergency plans, and regularly reviewing and updating these measures. If you’re new to this, don’t worry. Competence comes with proper training. Or by hiring a certified assessor.

Tackling your FRA, should you do it yourself?

Absolutely, if you know what you’re doing! But remember, competence. It is key. As mentioned, training yourself to do it is an option. While hiring an expert hands the job over. Both ways are fine, as long as the job’s done right.

Final thoughts

Navigating these regulatory changes may seem daunting. But with the right training or expert help, you can make sure your business is both safe and compliant. The deadline for adapting to these changes was October 1st. So the time to act is NOW. Review the full legal changes, consider training options and ensure you meet the new requirements.

Still have questions or need guidance? Resources and detailed official guidance are available here and here.

Act Now for Safety and Compliance:

The deadline to adapt to these critical fire safety regulations has already passed, making immediate action not just a legal obligation but a necessity for the safety and well-being of everyone in your building. Don’t let this be an oversight – make compliance a priority today.

Your Fire Safety roadmap, four steps to take:

  1. Review the Changes: familiarise yourself thoroughly with the new fire safety regulations. Knowledge is power, and in this case, it’s also a legal requirement.
  2. Assess Your Needs: determine whether you can conduct the fire risk assessment yourself or if you need to bring in an expert.
  3. Seek Training or Expertise: if you decide to do it yourself, ensure you have the right training. Otherwise, seek a certified and competent professional to handle the assessment.
  4. Schedule Your Assessment: act now. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring help, set a date for your assessment and stick to it.

Confused? We’re your Fire Safety net…

At [co_name], we understand the complexities of these regulations and the challenges they pose. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure about your next steps, we’re just a call or an email away. Our team of experts can guide you through the process, help arrange your Fire Risk Assessment with a competent person, and ensure you’re not just compliant, but also confidently safe.

Don’t delay. Act now!

Don’t wait for an inspection to reveal gaps in your safety strategy. Reach out to us now, and make sure your business is a model of fire safety and regulatory compliance.

Eyes Everywhere: The Magic of Commercial CCTV Camera Systems

Eyes Everywhere: The Magic of Commercial CCTV Camera Systems

In today’s fast-paced world, businesses can’t afford to take chances. That’s where commercial CCTV camera systems step in. More than just a security measure, you’re making a smart business move. Why? Because security can directly impact your bottom line. Let’s break down why all business premises should seriously consider investing in these systems. read more…

As lockdown relaxes… burglars get busy

As lockdown relaxes… burglars get busy

As lockdown relaxes… burglars get busy

A survey of 2000 UK adults by John Lewis Home Insurance has found that the average amount spent on new items for our homes during the pandemic was over £4,300.

Tablets, TVs, gym equipment have been purchased to turn homes into offices, classrooms and fitness centres.

Sadly most homeowners did not invest on upgrading their home security

And now they are planning weekends away at the coast or jetting off for a week at a green-listed holiday destination leaving their homes unprotected.

Crimestoppers has warned that, with so much new tech and gadgetry in empty homes, burglars will be having a second Christmas.

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How do burglars choose their next victim?

How do burglars choose their next victim?

How do burglars choose their next victim?
Amateur burglars are more likely to act on impulse, draw attention and leave evidence. Professionals do not…

With a lot of break-ins under their belt seasoned pros understand the value of staking out a property before making a move. They figure out the easiest targets and the best time to strike.

An experienced thief may walk past your home at the same time every day for a week. He’ll look for patterns. And your daily routine. Or… break in during the school run – just to be safe.

Often he’ll walk up and down the street and try all the front doors. He may look in your windows. Especially when the lights are on but the curtains are open. He’s sneaky. He’ll spot iPads, wireless sound systems and games consoles.

So… how do you stop a professional burglar from choosing your home?

Take our home security quizhttps://property-safety.com/home-security
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Factory security horror stories

Factory security horror stories

Factory security horror stories

A fastener manufacturer in Sheffield recently began expanding their premises by purchasing another building next door. This needed a lot of work.

Because they were doing demolition work, the company decided that they did not need any security on the place. They could add these systems when the construction work was completed.

That’s when DISASTER struck!

Thieves broke in over the weekend. They removed all of the cables and copper piping. Of course, the wiring was due to be replaced anyway so it was not really a problem…

The pesky burglars forgot to turn the water off when they legged it with the pipes. As a result, on Monday morning, when the company returned to work, they found a large part of the building was FLOODED!

No one expected that! But with the right security in place, it would never have happened! And that’s when the knock-on costs of that poor business decision started to kick in.

Cause and effect… of trying to save money on security
The flooding meant that works had to be put on hold for a full week.

How much did a week’s delay cost the company?

Around £100,000!

And this was for a security breach in an unfinished section. If this had happened in the main production area, the cost would have been even higher.

So this was just water. Fire damage might be even worse. Especially if there is a lot of tooling, transformers and customers’ stock.

Having a good Fire and Security system will also make dealing with the insurances a lot easier.

The advantages of a well maintained, efficient commercial security and fire alarm system begin to make sense. Because avoiding disasters and downtime is critically important to all manufacturers.

#firesecurity

Factory security horror stories

Factory security horror stories

Factory security horror stories

A fastener manufacturer in Sheffield recently began expanding their premises by purchasing another building next door. This needed a lot of work.

Because they were doing demolition work, the company decided that they did not need any security on the place. They could add these systems when the construction work was completed.

That’s when DISASTER struck!

Thieves broke in over the weekend. They removed all of the cables and copper piping. Of course, the wiring was due to be replaced anyway so it was not really a problem…

The pesky burglars forgot to turn the water off when they legged it with the pipes. As a result, on Monday morning, when the company returned to work, they found a large part of the building was FLOODED!

No one expected that! But with the right security in place, it would never have happened! And that’s when the knock-on costs of that poor business decision started to kick in.

Cause and effect… of trying to save money on security
The flooding meant that works had to be put on hold for a full week.

How much did a week’s delay cost the company?

Around £100,000!

And this was for a security breach in an unfinished section. If this had happened in the main production area, the cost would have been even higher.

So this was just water. Fire damage might be even worse. Especially if there is a lot of tooling, transformers and customers’ stock.

Having a good Fire and Security system will also make dealing with the insurances a lot easier.

The advantages of a well maintained, efficient Fire & Security system begin to make sense. Because avoiding disasters and downtime is critically important to all manufacturers.

#firesecurity

Who’s monitoring your home alarm system?

Who’s monitoring your home alarm system?

Who’s monitoring your home alarm system?

As lockdown comes to an end, we’re all starting to think about a time when we can leave our homes for more than just a quick walk.
But what happens when your home alarm goes off whilst you’re not there?

Alarm scenario 1
The loud noise of an alarm should scare them off if they do attempt entry. However, some bold offenders might persist despite the noise. And, if your neighbours ignore the loud siren, the burglars get away with their crime.

Alarm scenario 2
Your mobile app sends you a text to alert you that one of your PIRs has been activated. But if you’re on holiday, you’ve got to:
hear your phone; and
call your neighbours or a family member at three in the morning to check your home
This is often followed by the embarrassment of having dragged them out of bed for a false alarm. Having neighbours monitoring your home security can put a lot of pressure on even the strongest of friendships.
AND RELAX!!

Alarm scenario 3
Your alarm sends a signal to an ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre).
Within seconds the ARC verifies the signal.
The Police respond to a confirmed alarm activation at your property.

Which one of those scenarios would you prefer?

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