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Beat the burglars: don’t let them find what they’re looking for!

Security advice from FirstEye – the security installation specialists in Leeds

Following on from last week’s post, this week we’re going to focus upon what burglars are looking for and how to keep your valuables safe.

If the worst happens and a burglar manages to get into your home, the chances are they’ll want to steal as much as they can and then get away as quickly as possible. This is why small items such as jewellery and cash, or small electrical items such as mobile phones or laptops tend to be stolen the most. In addition, they might also be tempted to search your personal paperwork.

So what can you do to make it as hard as possible for them to find what they want? Here are a few ideas on how to beat the burglars and protect your valuables:

  • Never leave valuable items in sight of windows or exterior doors.
  • Don’t leave large suitcases or bags lying around: thieves use these to carry away as much as possible.
  • Don’t leave spare keys lying around or all your keys in one place. Burglars often look for spare keys so don’t label yours, or any spare keys you keep for your neighbours.
  • The best way to protect small items is to install a safe that’s fixed to a floor. Safes which aren’t fixed to the floor can be picked up and dropped to open them.
  • The next best thing to a safe is your loft. If you have valuables you don’t use or wear, keeping them in the loft is a great way to protect them as a burglar is unlikely to risk going up there.
  • There’s a misconception that hiding things in strange places is a good idea. However, a burglar will look for anything unusual and will try to uncover valuables by searching under the bed, inside drawers and even inside your sofa or mattress. In addition, this can make it more difficult to check what’s missing if the worst happens.

Protect your property with a security alarm installed by FirstEye

When it comes to burglary prevention is always better than a cure. Installing a security alarm is the best way to prevent burglary, providing a highly visible deterrent that will put off most thieves. Here at FirstEye we install residential alarm systems for homes of all sizes. To find out more about how we can help you give your home the protection it deserves, get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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Simple security choices to help you protect your home

Domestic security solutions installed in Leeds by FirstEye

As regular readers of our blog will know, here at FirstEye we take the security of our clients’ homes very seriously. We’re always looking for cost effective ways to help you improve home security and with this in mind, our next couple of blog posts will offer simple yet highly effective ways to deter thieves and prevent a break-in. If you’ve ever been burgled you’ll know how awful it is; not least in terms of loss of possessions which may be irreplaceable, but also because of emotional stress and damage to your property.

Sadly there’s not much which can be done to deter a very determined burglar, however there are a number of relatively simple steps you can take to put off any would-be thieves. In this week’s blog we’re going to focus upon how burglars scope out properties and what you can do to make it as hard as possible for them to get in.

Show that you take security seriously

Before attempting to break in to a property a burglar will look for weak points and signs that you’re not security conscious. Telltale signs include keys left in door locks, window locks with the keys inside and doors with a single Yale or cylinder locks. Bear in mind that if the front of your house shows that you don’t take security seriously, a burglar will assume that the back is equally unprotected.

It’s important to put a burglar off before they even try to break in so make sure that you:

  • make sure ladders are stored out of sight and not left lying around
  • install robust door and window locks
  • ensure overgrown shrubs and hedges aren’t providing places for burglars to hide
  • make sure fences are strong and secure – you could also consider planting thorny shrubs around the perimiter of your property
  • sheds and garages should be adequately secured
  • consider installing security lighting – not only does this provide a visible deterrent, it also ensures your home is illuminated at night
  • if there’s a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area, consider joining and then show that you’re part of it by clearly displaying a sticker
  • ask a friend or neighbour to remove post out of sight of doors and windows when you’re away
  • ensure your home always looks occupied by using timer switches on lamps/the radio/TV
  • if you’re going away, mow the front lawn before you leave – an unkempt garden can be a sign that a house is empty

Next week we’ll be focussing on what burglars look for and how to keep your valuable items safe.

Contact FirstEye for reliable security advice

Here at FirstEye we are fully qualified installers of a range of domestic security systems including security alarms and lighting. To find out more and to arrange for a free security survey, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

 

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Our advice on choosing security systems for homeowners with pets

Domestic security advice from specialist alarm installers in Leeds

Home security is important for all homeowners but if you have a dog or cat, your security system could be triggered by your four legged friend moving about. With this in mind, it can be tempting to choose not to have a security system at all. However, thanks to improvements in the security alarms available, having a pet no longer means you have to compromise on home security. Here’s our advice on ensure your home is secure and pet-friendly.

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Installing a burglar alarm is cost-effective way to protect your home from theft, with statistics showing that around 60% of the burglaries attempted on homes with alarms fail. Nevertheless, many pet owners choose not to install an alarm because they’re worried that their pet could trigger it.

However, there are steps which can be taken to stop lively pets from accidentally setting off a burglar alarm. Many security alarm packages include a pet-friendly motion sensor; designed to use a range of technologies to assess the movement pattern, speed and temperature of whatever has triggered it, therefore ruling out pets. This means that the alarm can be set and you’ll be able to relax in the knowledge that your pets can safely move around the house.

Careful positioning of alarm sensors can also make a huge difference though. If your dog spends the majority of the day in the living room, for example, but has a habit of jumping on the sofa, make sure that any sensors are directed away from this particular area. In addition, don’t forget to ensure that sensors are placed as high as possible on the walls; at least five foot high is ideal. The best way to ensure alarm sensors are in the best position is to choose to have an alarm installed by a security professional.

Contact FirstEye on 0113 228 8599

Here at FirstEye we provide high quality alarm installantions for domestic and commercial clients in Leeds and throughout Yorkshire. Our alarm installation services are SSAIB accredited and so choosing us to install your new alarm could mean a reduction in your home insurance premium.

To arrange for your free quote and home security survey, get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

 

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Will your home have the security protection it needs when you’re away this summer?

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The summer is rapidly approaching and if you’ve booked, or are about to book, your summer getaway, ensuring you have adequate home security should be at the top of your holiday preparation list. Sadly we often work with homeowners who’ve returned from a holiday only to find that their home has been been burgled. Rather than leaving it until the worst happens, our advice is to make sure your home has the protection it needs BEFORE you leave it unattended.

Home security solutions to suit all budgets and requirements

Home security doesn’t have to be expensive and here at FirstEye we install systems to suit all budgets and requirements. Simple bell only burglar alarms can provide a highly visible deterrent as often the sight of an alarm bell box is enough to put off most thieves. We also install smart alarm systems which can be monitored and controlled using a mobile phone app, offering you the capability to monitor the security of your home whilst you’re away. In addition, we are SSAIB accredited alarm installers and by choosing us to install your system, you may be able to reduce the cost of your home insurance premiums.

For comprehensive protection a combined alarm and CCTV system is pretty hard to beat. CCTV is a great way to deter thieves and if the worst does happen, will provide you with useful evidence to give to the police or as part of an insurance claim. We have the expertise to install CCTV systems of all sizes and complexity, from single cameras, through to multi-camera systems.

Get in touch with FirstEye to arrange for you free security survey

Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to home security and there’s no substitute for the protection provided by a working security alarm or CCTV system. Start improving the security of your home today with a free security survey carried out by FirstEye: to find out more call 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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Take a fresh look at home security

Spring cleaning your home? Don’t forget the importance of home security!

Thanks to the cracking weather we’ve had over the Easter weekend, spring is definitely here! If you’re planning on spring cleaning your home this is an ideal opportunity to take a look at the security measures you have in place and consider whether there are any improvements you could make.

We offer a wide range of domestic security solutions with options to suit all budgets and requirements:

  • Security alarm installations: designed to provide round-the-clock protection, a security alarm will deter thieves and give your home the security it needs. Installing a security alarm not only provides peace of mind, it could also help to reduce your home insurance premiums. Whether you already have an alarm which needs updating, or are looking for a new installation, we have the expertise to help.
  • CCTV: offering unbeatable peace of mind and the ability to check on your home when you’re not there, CCTV is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. We can help you find the best system for you, whether you’d like to protect the exterior or interior of your home.
  • Smart doorbells: ideal for all homes and particularly suitable for the elderly or vulnerable, a smart doorbell offers the capability to check whose at the door without having to answer it. The ideal way to improve doorstep security and provide peace of mind, smart doorbells are a cost effective way to increase the security of your home.

Accredited security installations in Leeds

We know how important it is that you choose a reliable, qualified security installation specialist. At FirstEye we are SSAIB (The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) accredited and members of the Which? Trusted Trader Scheme. Choosing to work with FirstEye is the best way to ensure a high quality installation and reliable service.

For further information or to arrange for a free, no-obligation home security survey, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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Going away this Easter? Is your home protected against theft?

Protect your home whilst you’re away on holiday

The Easter holidays are here and if you’re looking for a cost effective way to protect your home from theft whilst you’re away, look no further than our ‘eggcellent’ (sorry!) security systems!

Whether you’re going away this Easter or not, now is the perfect time to ensure your home is safe, secure and protected before the holiday season begins in earnest. The sight of a security system alone – whether a burglar alarm or CCTV system – is usually enough to deter the majority of thieves.

Here at FirstEye we work closely with our clients to install a wide range of security solutions, with options to suit all budgets and requirements:

  • CCTV: increasingly popular with homeowners, CCTV offers unbeatable protection 24/7.
  • Security alarms: an essential piece of security kit, an alarm will protect your home whilst deterring potential thieves.
  • Access control: particularly suited to elderly vulnerable homeowners, the latest access control systems offer the capability to check who’s at the door without having to answer it.
  • Smart doorbells: these work in a similar way to access control systems and will enable you to ‘answer’ the door even when you’re not at home. A great way to avoid missed deliveries and verify callers, a smart doorbell offers a cost effective way to enhance security.

Contact more to information on our security installations in Leeds

We experts in installing a cracking range – no pun intended, honestly – of security systems for homeowners in Leeds. We provide free security surveys and are happy to offer advice on the best solutions to suit your home and lifestyle. Get in touch by calling 0113 2288599.

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FirstEye are Recruiting

FirstEye security installations in Leeds

We’re currently looking for a recently qualified CCTV and security systems engineer to enjoy our small, friendly team. We’re proud of our reputation for great customer service and high quality installations and with clients across Leeds, Yorkshire and throughout the North of England. We’re looking for someone who can work independently or as part of a small team to install, service and repair CCTV, intruder alarm, fire alarm and door access systems. It’s also important that you are able to build good working relationships with out customers.

Applicants must be qualified to at least Level 2 Certificate or Level 3 Diploma in electronic Security and Emergency Systems, be a non smoker and have a full clean UK driving licence. You would also need to be able to demonstrate recent experience of working on CCTV and intruder alarm systems. Our ideal candidate would have good problem solving skills and initiative; qualities which are essential if you are able to find and fix faults quickly and efficiently. Further relevant training and on the job support will be provided by our team of experienced engineers.

Get in touch to find out more

If you’ve got what it takes to join our team we’d love to hear from you. For more information or to apply, please email your CV to allie@firsteye.co.uk or call 01977 689759 for an informal chat about this role. Interviews will include a practical component to test skills and the successful candidate will be required to undergo a full security and DBS screening: an offer of employment is conditional on passing this screening. Please not that this role is NOT suitable for apprentices and application via agencies will not be considered.

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Like what we do? Recommend us and we’ll give you a discount!

Electrical services and security installations in Leeds

We’re incredibly proud of our reputation for providing high-quality, reliable electrical and security installations in Leeds. Thanks to our customers, the majority of our work comes to us through recommendations. With this in mind, we’re now offering £25 off your next service or installation. Once the person or business you have recommended becomes a FirstEye customer, you’ll receive £25 credit on your account (please note: one discount per customer, per invoice). Full details can be found on the Contact Us page of our website.

Accredited alarm installation and security services

As mentioned in our recent blog posts, not only do we have a great reputation amongst our existing customers, we also hold a number of professional accreditations including SSAIB, Which? Trusted Trader and Safe Contractor Approved. For full details of the accreditations we hold, please visit our website.

Last and by no means least, we also have more than 22 years of experience of working on security installation projects in commercial and domestic properties. Your security and safety are incredibly important to us and we’re very proud of our reputation for providing outstanding customer service with a friendly touch.

Get in touch with FirstEye

Contacting FirstEye is easy: simply call 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk to arrange for your free, no-obligation quote or security survey.

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You’ll know you’re safe with FirstEye

Safe Contractor Approved services in Leeds

Following on from our previous posts on our Which? Trusted Trader and SSAIB accreditations, this week we’re going to focus upon our Safe Contractor Approved status.

Mainly of importance when working on big commercial projects, our Safe Contractor status demonstrates that our work is fully risk assessed, insured, carried out safely and to a high standard.

What is the Safe Contractor scheme?

The Safe Contractor Accreditation scheme is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading health and safety accreditation schemes. Designed to provide a clear way for contractors to demonstrate they’re taking responsibility for their health and safety obligations, the scheme provides clients with peace of mind that all work is being carried out safely and correctly.

In order for us to be accredited by the scheme we have to ensure that our health and safety paperwork is always up to date and that it meets current legal industry requirements. In addition, as members of the scheme we receive ongoing support to ensure that we continue to meet health and safety legislation.

Our Safe Contractor Approved commercial services

Here at FirstEye we offer a range of security installation services for commercial clients in Leeds and throughout West Yorkshire and the North of England. From CCTV and intruder alarm installations, through to access control, vehicle barriers and fire alarms.

We are an established Safe Contractor Approved company with more than 22 years of experience in planning, designing and implementing commercial security installations of all sizes. If you would like to find out more, or to arrange for a no-obligation quote, get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk.

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SSAIB Registered alarm installers in Leeds

Accredited security installation services from FirstEye

We know how important security and customer service is to our customers and with this in mind, we’re focussing our current blog posts upon the accreditations we hold. Following on from last week’s post on our Which? Trusted Trader accreditation, this week we’re going to focus upon our SSAIB Registered alarm and CCTV installation services.

The SSAIB is a leading certification body for organisations who install CCTV security systems, fire detection and alarm systems. When it comes to protecting your home or business from crime, you can’t afford to take any chances and this is why it’s important to choose a provider with the relevant expertise, qualifications and experience.

Why choose an SSAIB Registered alarm installer?

Choosing an SSAIB Registered alarm installer offers a number of benefits including:

  • a reduction on your home or business insurance
  • to meet SSAIB requirements all of our staff have been security screened and DBS checked, providing you with peace of mind
  • all of our security installations have to meet British standards
  • membership of the SSAIB scheme means that we’ve had to open our business to independent security, providing you with reassurance that we are a responsible and professional company

We work with residential and business customers throughout Leeds and surrounding areas, providing a wide range of SSAIB accredited alarm and CCTV installation services. We install a range of alarm and CCTV systems, with options to suit all budgets and requirements so if you don’t have any security protection and are considering having a system installed, we’d be delighted to help.

Our quotes are available for free and with no obligation so if you would like to find out more, or to arrange for a free security survey, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk For further information on our alarm installation services, please visit our website.

Next week we’ll be focussing upon our Safe Contractor Approved registration so come back next week to find out more about our trustworthy security installations in Leeds.