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CCTV or burglar alarm? Which is the best option for your home or business?

The home owners and business customers we work with often ask whether it would be best for them to have a CCTV system or a burglar alarm. It’s difficult to give a definitive answer to this question as unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work! A number of factors need to be taken into consideration to help you decide whether or not CCTV is best for you, including:

  • Is CCTV going to provide you with the most cost-effective solution to protecting your home or business premises?

  • Is regular maintenance going to be possible to ensure that the CCTV system continues to provide effective protection?

  • Is the best option to simply install a security alarm AND CCTV system?

Whilst CCTV cameras act as highly effective deterrent, without the benefit of remote monitoring, camera footage can only be used retrospectively as evidence. Although the sight of CCTV cameras is usually enough to put off the majority of thieves, there will always be some who simply aren’t phased. With this in mind, remote monitoring is the most effective solution and can help you save money on other crime prevention measures.

Remotely monitored CCTV will alert you as an incident happens as those monitoring the system will contact you or the emergency services. Clearly this offers a much better opportunity to catch thieves whilst they’re committing a crime, and footage only needs to be used once the offence has occurred. In the majority of cases though a remotely monitored CCTV system is usually sufficient to stop intruders in their tracks.

Monitored burglar alarm systems

Burglar alarm systems are also more effective when they’re monitored as unlike bell only systems, depending on the type of monitoring you choose, either yourself, an emergency contact or the police will be informed in the event of a break in. Monitored alarms are more efficient than bell only systems as when the alarm is activated, the professionals who monitor the system will asses the risk to security. A well-designed and professionally installed burglar alarm offers real benefits to home and business owners alike, providing you with protection and peace of mind, regardless of where you are.

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Domestic access control systems installed in Leeds by FirstEye

Access control systems aren’t just the preserve of office and business premises. Thanks to developments in security technology, a range of systems are now available which are ideal for safeguarding all types of residential property. So much more than just a doorbell, the systems we install are perfect for protecting your front door or gate, providing you with peace of mind that your home is safeguarded against crime.

Door and gate intercom installations Leeds

The door and gate intercoms we install provide the capability to control who has access to your property. This is done either through a built-in camera or intercom which allows you to either view the persona requesting access, or to speak to them. The latest door and gate intercom systems are very user-friendly, making them ideal for elderly or vulnerable homeowners. In addition, thanks to an optional portable touchscreen tablet pad, they can be operated from anywhere in your home.

An additional feature of intercoms which have a GSM dialler can be programmed to either phone or send an alert to your smartphone, allowing you to speak to and view visitors whilst you’re out which is a great way to avoid missed deliveries!

A wide range of access control systems are available for domestic properties. Selecting the right system for you will depend on factors including the location and size of your property, or whether your front door is access from a driveway or garden path. Furthermore, we are also able to to install intercoms to a single flat within an apartment block which shares an entrance with other flats. Lastly, for your peace of mind, we only install intercoms manufactured by leading brands including Ring and Door Bird.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch to obtain further information and a free, no-obligation quote.

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Business security: make sure you have the basics in place

Here at FirstEye we work with businesses of all shapes and sizes across Leeds and surrounding areas. From offices and shops, through to warehouses, industrial sites and farms, we provide a wide range of cost-effective security solutions designed to suit all businesses. Unfortunately we’re often called out by businesses who have just been burgled and who want to install a security system to provide them with protection going forward. Whilst hindsight is a wonderful thing, situations like this offer a timely reminder that it’s always better to ensure your business has the security protection it needs from the outset, rather than waiting until the worst happens and you’re broken into.

With this in mind, it’s important to make sure that you at least have the security basics in place. Installing a security alarm is the best place to start for a number of reasons, including:

  • security alarms are proven to provide a highly effective deterrent as the sight of the bell box alone is usually sufficient to deter all but the most determined of thieves
  • the latest wireless security alarms are designed to be set, un-set and monitored using a smartphone app, offering a convenient way to ensure your business is protected 24/7
  • wireless alarm systems can be designed and installed to suit all types of business premises, including multi-site premises such as industrial units, farms or manufacturing facilities
  • for comprehensive protection, intruder alarm systems can be integrated with additional security solutions such as CCTV or access control
  • we install high quality security alarms with options to suit all budgets and requirements

Get in touch with FirstEye security installations Leeds

Don’t wait until your business has been burgled before installing the security you need. Here at FirstEye we have the expertise to install reliable and cost-effective security solutions to suit your budget and requirements. Why not get in touch to arrange for your free security survey and quote?

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What’s the best security system for your rural business?

Due to their often remote and quiet locations, rural businesses can be targeted by criminals. Unfortunately thefts from farms and other businesses in rural areas are on the rise, with expensive equipment, oil and vehicles being targeted by thieves. Protecting a rural business premises from crime can seem like a daunting prospect, however thanks to developments in technology, a number of solutions are now available which are designed to provide highly-effective round-the-clock protection.

CCTV for rural businesses

CCTV is providing increasingly popular with farmers and other rural business owners and it’s not hard to see why. CCTV cameras can be placed around a premises, covering areas such as yards, animal housing, barns and more. In addition, CCTV can also be used to cover the interior of almost any type of rural building and because a wide range of HD IP and TVI systems are now available, it’s possible to view crystal clear images, regardless of the time of day.

As camera specifications vary greatly, it’s important to choose the right product for the right location. As such, the team here at FirstEye are experienced in designing and installing CCTV systems for farms and rural businesses. We can help you choose the best system to suit your premises, budget and requirements, ensuring you maximise the potential of CCTV and have the protection your business needs.

Security lighting

Security lighting is ideal for rural businesses as not only does it provide reassurance, it also offers a proven and highly effective deterrent. LED security floodlights can be used to illuminate otherwise dark areas and will prevent thieves from having a place to hide undetected. LED security lighting is low energy but with a high output, ensuring it is economical to run and environmentally friendly.

A range of different security lighting power outputs are available to ensure that yards, outbuildings or commercial premises are fully covered. In addition, security lighting also proves highly effective when installed in conjunction with other security systems such as CCTV. Security lighting ensures a clearer picture from CCTV cameras, or to highlight other systems such as access control.

Vehicle barriers and physical security

Vehicle barriers and physical security solutions such as electric gates are ideal for preventing unwanted access, or the theft of vehicles or livestock. Bollards, barriers and gates are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, with options suitable for all types of premises including farms, stable yards and more.

Get in touch with FirstEye

We have many years of experience in providing cost effective and reliable security solutions for rural businesses. Our services are available throughout Leeds and surrounding areas. In addition, because we are an NFU Rural CCTV partner covering North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, we will offer a 10% discount off a CCTV installation and off any intruder alarm system installed at the same time.

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Electrical fires – are you aware of the risks?

Tragically, house fires are often caused by electrical faults, with many resulting in severe injuries, death and serious property damage. When you consider that the majority of electrical fires could have been easily prevented and knowing how to help prevent electrical fires by carrying out a few simple checks and being aware of the warning signs could save your life.

What are the warning signs of an electrical fire?

The majority of electrical fires happen during the winter months; this is likely to be because the days are shorter and so we tend to have lighting, heating and appliances turned on for longer periods. Furthermore, we’re more likely to stay at home during the winter, using rooms we don’t use so often in the summer. This increases the risk of a fire resulting from a faulty socket or appliance.

It’s often assumed that electrical fires start spontaneously but this is not so. In most cases there will have a been a prior warning and things to look out for include switches or plugs which feel hot to the touch. Some plugs do get hot and if this is the case, the manufacturer will have indicted this on the packaging. As a general rule of thumb, hot plugs or sockets should not be used until they have been checked over by a qualified electrician.

Faulty or poor wiring and the danger posed by frayed or exposed wires should never be underestimated. Visible wires can be ‘live’ when touched and can cause an electrical shock or start a fire.

Last and by no means least, never be tempted to plug in more than one appliance into a single socket, especially when the socket is already being used to a power an appliance which tends to be used very frequently such as a kettle. Rather than overloading sockets, it’s much, much safer to have additional sockets installed by a qualified electrician.

Get in touch with FirstEye for electrical safety advice in Leeds

Here at FirstEye we believe that electrical safety should be taken very seriously and if you would like advice about the electrics in your home, or to obtain a free, no-obligation quote, we’d be delighted to help. To find out more or to arrange an appointment at a time to suit you, why not get in touch today?

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How to safeguard your home when you’re away

The start of the half term holiday signals the start of the big summer getaway for many people. Whether you’re looking forward to a well deserved relaxing break, or are hoping for an action-packed fun-filled time away with the family, the last thing you’ll want to discover on your return is that your home has been burgled. Prevention is always better than the cure and with so many things in life, this is definitely the case with burglary. So, rather than waiting until the worst happens, why not safeguard your home now to ensure it’s fully protected whilst you’re away.

Security solutions for homeowners

Here at FirstEye we have decades of experience in installing security systems for homeowners in Leeds and surrounding areas. We offer effective options to suit all budgets and requirements, including security alarm and CCTV systems, security lighting, smart doorbells and electric gates. We can help you choose products which will provide your home with maximum protection, ensuring you get the most from your budget and have the peace of mind you need.

There are also lots of other simple steps you can take to help prevent your home from being burgled. Simple things like using timer switches so that lamps and lights turn off and on, and asking a neighbour to move your post out of sight of the front door can be very effective in making your home look occupied. Ensuring your property looks well-cared for also helps, so try and mow the front lawn and make sure any overgrown shrubs are cut back makes it clear that you take security seriously, whilst also preventing burglars from having somewhere to hide. Last and by no means least, don’t leave valuable items within sight of windows and don’t forget to cancel the milk!

Contact FirstEye – your home security specialist in Leeds

We install security systems to suit all budgets and requirements. Our installation services are available in Leeds and surrounding areas. Why not get in touch to obtain a free, no-obligation quote and advice on the best security systems for your home?

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CCTV vs burglar alarms – which system is right for your home?

We often get enquiries from homeowners asking us whether it would be best for them to have a CCTV system rather than a burglar alarm. It’s difficult to give a definitive answer to this question as with so many things in life, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work! With this in mind, a number of factors need to be taken into consideration if you’d like to decide whether or not CCTV is best for you, including:

• Is regular maintenance going to be possible to ensure that the CCTV system continues to provide effective protection?
• s CCTV going to provide you with the most cost-effective solution to protecting your home ?
• Is the best option to simply install a security alarm AND CCTV system?

Whilst there’s no doubt that CCTV cameras provide a highly effective deterrent, if remote monitoring isn’t available, camera footage can only be used retrospectively as evidence. Although the sight of CCTV cameras is usually enough to put off most thieves, there are some who are determined enough not to be put off. As are result, remote monitoring is usually the most effective solution and can could you save money on other crime prevention measures.

Remotely monitored CCTV systems are designed to alert you as an incident happens those responsible for monitoring the system will contact you or the emergency services. This provides a greater opportunity to catch thieves whilst they’re committing a crime, and footage only needs to be used once the offence has occurred. However, you need to bear in mind that in the majority of cases, a remotely monitored CCTV system is usually sufficient to stop intruders in their tracks.

Monitored burglar alarm systems installed in Leeds

Burglar alarm systems are also more effective when they’re monitored. Unlike simple bell only systems and depending on the type of monitoring you choose, either yourself, an emergency contact (a neighbour, for example) or the police will be informed if the alarm is triggered. Monitored alarms are more efficient than bell only systems as when the alarm is activated, the professionals who monitor the system will asses the risk to security. A well-designed and professionally installed burglar alarm offers real benefits to homeowners, providing you with protection and peace of mind, no matter where you might be.

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Plan ahead to protect your business against crime

We’re often approached by businesses who’ve recently suffered a break-in and are looking for ways to protect their premises and prevent it happening again. Whilst hindsight is a wonderful thing, it really is less stressful and more cost effective to ensure your business has the protection it needs NOW, rather than waiting until after the worst has happened. With this in mind, forward planning is the best way make sure your business has adequate physical security protection.

FirstEye – your business security specialist in Leeds

Here at FirstEye we provide a wide range of physical security solutions for businesses in Leeds. Our systems include options for businesses of all shapes, sizes and budgets. We can help you find the solutions you need to prevent your business from falling victim to crime. Physical security doesn’t have to be expensive in order to get great results and we’ll use our expertise to plan and install products which are right for you.

Commercial and business security system installations Leeds

CCTV is ideal for protect both the inside and exterior of your business premises. CCTV systems are far more affordable than they used to be and we offer systems which range in price and complexity. It’s worth bearing in mind that CCTV cameras provide an excellent deterrent and are known to deter even the most determined of thieves from entering a property. In addition, CCTV also offers an effective way to prevent internal crime such as shoplifting or staff theft.

All businesses, regardless of size and type, should be protected by a reliable security alarm system. We install a range of security alarm systems specially designed for business and commercial use, ranging from systems designed to safeguard large, multi-site premises and warehouses, through to alarms for small offices and shops.

Alongside our CCTV and alarm installations in Leeds, we also a range of additional security systems, designed to provide enhanced protection. From security bollards and access control systems, through to security lighting and electric gates, we have the expertise to provide your business with comprehensive security protection.

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Have you got a security plan for your business?

Ensuring there is adequate security in place is an essential requirement for all business owners. However, if your budget is tight, it can be tempting to make compromises. This can leave your business exposed to theft or crime such as vandalism. Thankfully, a number of budget-friendly and highly effective solutions are available, with options suitable for businesses of all types and sizes.

Choosing the best security systems for your business can feel like a daunting prospect. So, with this in mind, setting out a security plan is a great place to start, whilst helping you ensure you don’t waste money on unnecessary systems.

Security planning for your businesses

The first step you take should be to take an inventory of any security systems you currently have in place. Include everything related to security including alarms, CCTV cameras, security lighting and locking systems.

The next step is to prioritise potential security threats to your business. For example, if your business premises is open to the public, is theft a recurring problem? Is employee safety a concern? Is your business premises used to store valuable stock or equipment? Is vandalism a problem? Does your premises have vulnerable access points, such as loading bays, which would benefit from additional protection. All businesses will have at least some physical security needs, so take time to think about your priorities.

Once you’ve compiled an inventory of your existing security equipment and identified your to priorities, you’ll be able to start developing a security plan. At this stage it’s important to consider installation. Whilst installing new equipment yourself can, on the face of it, seem like a great way to cut costs, professional installation is the best way to prevent equipment from malfunctioning and when a fault develops, you’ll have to arrange professional repairs, or invest in a new system.

Furthermore, by choosing to work with security installation specialists in Leeds such as FirstEye, we have the expertise to advise on the most suitable solutions for your business. We’ll use our expertise to help you choose systems which maximise your budget and offer long-term protection, whilst ensuring products are installed correctly to provide the security you need.

Commercial security installations Leeds

We install a wide range of business and commercial security systems in Leeds, with options to suit all businesses; from shops and offices, through to warehouses, factories and farms. If you would like to find out more, or to obtain a free, no-obligation quote, please get in touch.

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How access control could benefit your business

Access control systems are designed to enable you to control who has access to your building, or particular areas of your building. In addition, access control systems provide a replacement for keys and locks which are easily lost or stolen.

Is access control right for my business?

The answer to this is yes! Access control is ideal for all types of businesses, regardless of whether your premises are open to the public or not. As already mentioned, access control can be used to safeguard particular areas of a building, such as a server room or stock room, for example, or to secure entry points such as a reception area, staff entrance or loading bay. Remember that all businesses have assets which need to be protected from theft, so installing an access control system provides a simple, cost-effective way to safeguard yours against external and internal crime.

Here’s an outline of some of the ways businesses like your are benefiting from access control:

  • Lost or stolen keys (which are expensive to replace) become a thing of the past. Access control systems are controlled by one or multiple users who have the ability to reissue access codes or key cards. As such, costs are kept to a minimum and security is maintained.
  • Access control systems can be tailored to meet the individual requirements of individual businesses, with the option to reconfigure the system at a later date if required.
  • For your peace of mind, we only install systems made by leading manufacturers.
  • Some access control systems can be integrated with CCTV and/or security alarm systems to provide a comprehensive approach to business security.
  • The access control systems we provide are installed by our highly experienced and fully trained team of experts in security installations in Leeds.

Get in touch with FirstEye

To find out more about the benefits of access control for your business, or to obtain a free, no obligation quote, please get in touch.