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Our advice on how to beat the burglars

In this week’s blog we’re going to focus upon what burglars are looking for and how to keep your valuables safe.

Should the worst happen 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. As a result, small items such as jewellery and cash, or small electrical items such as smartphones or laptops tend to be stolen the most.

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:

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Never leave valuable items in sight of windows or exterior doors.

  • 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.

Protect your property with a security alarm installed by FirstEye

It’s very important to remember that 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 deter 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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Our advice on how to reduce the risk of an electrical fire

Unfortunately house fires are often caused by electrical faults and sadly many of these fires result in severe injuries, death and serious damage. This is particularly worrying when you consider that most electrical fires could have been easily prevented and with this in mind, carrying out a few simple checks and being aware of the warning signs could save your life.

Do you know the warning signs of an electrical fire?

Statistics show that 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. In addition, we’re more likely to stay at home during the winter, using rooms we don’t use so often in the summer, increasing the risk of a fire resulting from a faulty socket or appliance.

Another major cause of electrical fires is 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.

Many people assume 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. However some plugs to get hot and if this is the case, the manufacturer will have indicted this on the packaging. As a general rule of thumb though, hot plugs or sockets should not be used until they have been checked over by a qualified electrician.

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

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, please get in touch.

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Do you know how to design a security plan for your business?

If you run your own business, the chances are that you’re already well aware of your responsibility to ensure workplace safety. Although the term ‘workplace safety’ includes things like electrical safety etc., it’s important to make careful consideration for the personal safety of your employees, customers, whilst also ensuring your business assets are protected.

At FirstEye we have years of experience in providing business in Leeds with a wide range of highly effective security solutions. We know that not everyone has the big budgets needed to afford the latest security systems and with this in mind, we offer solutions to suit all budgets.

We also know that the security requirements of different businesses can vary hugely. An office-based business, for example, is unlikely to need the same security protection as a shop full of expensive stock, a factory with valuable equipment or a farm. Security is important for all businesses and we work closely with business owners to find a system that fits their individual needs.

How to plan your businesses’ security

Many business owners fail to think about security on a regular basis, having no idea if they are adequately protected. Whilst a ‘head in the sand’ approach might work the majority of the time, it can prove extremely expensive and stressful if the worst happens and your suffer a break in. Taking an inventory of your existing security systems is a great way to begin and spending a little time checking your alarm is a good place to start. Here are a few things you might like to think about:

  • Do you store sensitive information such as financial records?

  • Is your business protected by an alarm, and if it is, when was the last time it was serviced?

  • Does your business have a reception area? Is it protected by CCTV?

  • Does your business have a car park and is it protected from unauthorised vehicles?

  • Is your business in a remote area?

Thinking about the security of your business is a good way to identify any areas which are vulnerable and would benefit from extra protection. Reception areas, for example, really benefit from the protection offered by CCTV, whilst an access control system is a cost-effective way to control who has access to your business premises.

Car parks often benefit from the enhanced security provided by barriers, whilst security lighting offers a way to help staff feel more secure and deter potential intruders. Last and by no means least, ensuring your security alarm is in good working order, or installing an alarm if you don’t already have one is an unbeatable way to increase the security of your business.

Contact FirstEye to arrange for your free security survey

Here at FirstEye we take great pride in providing businesses in Leeds with a wide range of high-quality, affordable security solutions. From alarm installations and maintenance, through to CCTV, access control and security lighting, we have the expertise to ensure you, your staff and your business are safe, secure and protected from crime.

Please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 to arrange for your free, no-obligation security survey.

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Does your business have adequate fire protection?

Even a small fire can result in major damage to a business, putting the lives of those who work there at risk of serious injury or worse. It is essential that ll non-domestic buildings should have a fire alarm fitted for safety purposes and to detect fire. This is also an essential requirement for insurance purposes.

Although different types of fire alarm systems are available, the operate in largely the same way; using detectors to sense heat or smoke, or a manual break unit. If the alarm is triggered, a warning siren will alert the building’s occupants, whilst some systems are also designed to report the event to the emergency services.

A number of commercial fire alarm systems are available which use combined sensors, designed to detect either smoke, heat or CO2, depending on the type of business and where the alarm is located. If you run a catering business or restaurant, for example, there would be little point in installing smoke detectors as heat sensors would be a much better option. On the other hand office buildings, for example, are at greater risk of fire caused by combustible materials such as paper and soft furnishings, making smoke detectors the safest choice.

Commercial fire alarm installations in Leeds and surrounding areas

As fire alarm installation specialists in Leeds, we will install the most appropriate fire detection and alarm to suit the unique requirements of your business. Our alarm installations are in line with British Standards BS5839-1. Before carrying out an installation we will carry out a risk assessment to determine the type of building and how it used. For example, a residential care home or student accommodation which have permanent residents would be assessed in a different way to an office where people are only present during the day. We also take into account the ease of emergency evacuation which is particularly important in some environments such as care homes or schools.

Contact FirstEye

Every fire alarm we install comes with a commissioning certificate, installation certificate, fire alarm plan, user guide and weekly test log book. In addition, we also offer a range of servicing plans, designed to provide peace of mind and ensure that you meet legislation.

To find out more about how we can help you protect your business premises, staff or residents from the risk of fire, please contact FirstEye to arrange your free risk assessment survey and quote.

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What’s the most effective way to improve the security of your commercial business?

It takes a great deal of time and energy to build up a successful retail business and with this in mind you’ll want to do everything you can to protect valuable stock and business assets.

However, the ever-present scourge of shoplifting unfortunately affects countless shop owners each year, with many millions of pounds lost to theft. Sadly’ shops will always attract shoplifters but what can you do to make yours more secure? Here’s our advice on some of the best ways to improve shop security:

• Map crime: if you’re finding that items are going missing, spend time working out which areas of the shop seem most susceptible. Keep a record of locations, dates and times – once you’ve pinpointed a particular area it’s easier to work out how to improve surveillance. Making the area more visible by repositioning shelving or stock can help, whilst asking staff to spend more time there is often beneficial.
• Keep things tidy: a neat and tidy shop sends out a signal that everything is in order, including security and surveillance. Don’t forget the exterior of your shop too: making sure it looks well kept is a clear demonstration that the security of your business is important to you.
• Say hello: greeting shoppers when they enter your shop is a simple yet highly effective way to help cut down on theft. Shoplifters are likely assess how easy it is to steal from you as soon as they walk in: making it clear that you’re paying attention sends out the message that you’re watching and are aware of what’s going on.
• Install CCTV: if you haven’t already done so, installing CCTV is probably the single most effective step you can take to improve the security of your shop. Carefully positioned cameras will deter the majority of thieves whilst providing you with reassurance and evidence if the worst happens.

Contact FirstEye for advice on the best ways to protect your commercial business

We work with businesses throughout Leeds and Yorkshire, providing a wide range of cost-effective security solutions. From intruder alarms and CCTV, through to access control and security lighting, we can help you find solutions to provide your retail premises with the protection it deserves.

To find out more, or to arrange for a free, no-obligation security survey, get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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Can a wireless doorbell improve the security of your home?

Designed to enable audio and video communication between you and visitors to your front door, wireless video doorbells offer a great way to enhance security and provide peace of mind. Wireless doorbells are ideal for all homes, regardless of size, providing particularly useful for the elderly, vulnerable and properties in remote areas.

What are wireless video doorbells?

Wireless video doorbells are designed to let you answer the door, regardless of where you are! Video doorbells use a Wi-Fi signal to stream live video direct to a mobile phone or tablet. This offers a range of significant advantages including:

• Some wireless video doorbell systems including motion sensors, designed to detect movement around your front door.
• Give callers the appearance that someone is at home when they’re not.
• Receive caller alerts directly to your phone or tablet – regardless of the time of day or where you might be.
• Screen callers and decide whether you want to answer the door or not.
• Communicate directly with delivery drivers or the postman, providing them with instructions on what to do with a delivery if you are out.
• Provide additional peace of mind for the elderly or vulnerable by allowing a trusted friend or relative to screen callers from another location.

Alongside these benefits, many wireless video doorbells are designed to be integrated into a smart home security system. When combined with a wireless security system and/or CCTV, a wireless video doorbell will provide your home and family with comprehensive protection, whilst offering you the capability to monitor your property 24/7, no matter where you are.

Wireless video doorbell installations in Leeds

At FirstEye we provide specialist home security installations for customers throughout Leeds. To find out more or to arrange for a free, no obligation security survey of your home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.

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FirstEye are SSAIB approved security alarm installers in Leeds

We take the security and safety of our customers very seriously, offering a range of products and services designed to ensure your home or business is protected from theft and fire. We’re proud of our excellent reputation and are delighted to announce that we are now SSAIB registered.

The SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) is the leading certification organisation for business who supply and install security systems. A certification with SSAIB is a mark of excellence and can only be achieved by meeting high standards for the quality of services and expertise.

Choosing an SSAIB certified security installation company is a great way to give yourself reassurance that your home or business is in safe hands and that our skills, advice and products meet the highest standards.

We know that when it comes to choosing a security or fire protection system installer it is important not to take any chances. Working with a company such as FirstEye is the best way to not only ensure peace of mind for yourself, but will also demonstrate to your insurance provider that you have made a responsible decision to protect your home or business from crime.

As an SSAIB registered installer, we offer our customers who have their system installed and serviced by us an SSAIB certificate which could help you claim a discount on your insurance or to lower your risk status.

Get in touch with FirstEye SSAIB alarm installers in Leeds

If you would like to find out more about how we can give your property the protection it deserves, why not get in touch to arrange for a free, no-obligation security survey?

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What’s the best way to make your shed or garage burglar proof?

For this week’s blog post we thought it was time to shed (sorry!) a little light on how important it is to safeguard garages and outbuildings from the theft. Unfortunately, sheds and garages are often overlooked when we think of home security. However, because they’re often used to store valuable items such as bikes, power tools and golf clubs, it’s essential that they have the security they need.

Why you need to protect your shed or garage

There has been a rise in the popularity of cycling over recent years, particularly since many people have used lock downs as an opportunity to get back onto wheels. As a result, there has been an unfortunate increase in the number of bike thefts from sheds and garages. Thieves often steal bikes ‘to order’ and are more likely to target properties where they know expensive bikes are stored. With this in mind, it’s a good idea not to leave a bike rack permanently attached to the roof of your car as this is a visual clue thieves will look for.

Most bikes are stored in a shed or garage located on a driveway, down the side of the house or garden. These areas can be particularly dark at night, so installing security lighting is an affordable and effective way to further deter thieves. We install a range of security lighting products with options to suit all requirements and by illuminating the outside areas of your home, you’ll not only enhance the security of your outbuildings but the rest of your home as well.

At FirstEye we also install security systems suitable for protecting sheds and garages. With options including stand-alone systems or systems designed to integrated with an existing alarm, fitting a security alarm offers a reliable way to give your valuable bikes the protection they deserve.

Taking a few simple steps to improve security could also help you reduce your insurance premiums whilst providing you with much needed peace of mind.

Contact FirstEye to find out more

If you would like to find out more about security for sheds and garages, or to obtain a free security survey, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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What are the benefits of CCTV for your business?

Safeguard your business with a CCTV system designed and installed by FirstEye

We know from experience that running a business is hard! If you have your own restaurant, shop or cafe, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find the time to keep an eye on things if you’re rushed off your feet. This is where CCTV comes in incredibly useful for business owners. By installing a camera system not only will you improve the security of your business, you’ll also find it provides you with a very useful extra set of eyes and ears!

CCTV offers business owners a number of cost-effective, real benefits, providing you with the capability to guard your business when you’re not there. Here are just some of the ways CCTV could help you:

• Professional: Installing CCTV is an effective way to demonstrate that you take the security of your business seriously.
• Deterrent: Given the choice, a burglar will always target the business which isn’t protected by CCTV. It’s also worth bearing in mind that CCTV will help to put off shoplifters or even dishonest members of staff.
• Safety: Your safety and the safety of your staff is very important and installing CCTV is a great way to provide reassurance and an extra level of protection.
• Insurance: Losing expensive stock to break-ins, shoplifting or staff theft is incredibly disheartening and expensive. CCTV enables you to review footage, work out what’s been going on and provide the police with valuable evidence.
• Monitoring: Last and by no means least, CCTV will enable you to keep an eye on your business when you’re not there; providing you with reassurance and peace of mind that everything is as it should be.

Get in touch with FirstEye to find out how installing CCTV can help you protect your business

Here at FirstEye we are specialists in designing and installing CCTV systems for business and homeowners in Leeds. To find out more about how we can provide your business premises with unbeatable protection, get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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How can I turn my home into a smart home?

Modern life can be very hectic and as we always seem to be on the go, simple, quick solutions, designed to help use stay in control of our homes can prove invaluable. Smart technology offers a great solution, giving you the capability to do everything from set your burglar alarm to programme the dishwasher – all by using smart phone app.

At FirstEye we have the expertise to install a range of smart home solutions; from intruder alarms and CCTV through to video doorbells. We have the expertise to help you make the most of the latest technologies to protect your home, reduce your energy bills and ensure life is just that little bit simpler!

Smart home technology can help you safeguard your home

Smart home technology proves particularly useful when it comes to home security. When combined with security features such as CCTV or an intruder alarm, smart home automation systems make for a secure smart home.

It’s possible to control security systems using your mobile phone wherever you are; whether you’re on the other side of the world or simply working late. Not only is this a great way to ensure your home looks occupied when you’re not there by switching lights on and off, it also provides peace of mind.

Whilst smart home technology gives the capability to switch lights on and off when you’re out; you could also use it to set or unset your alarm. We’ve all had situations where we’ve left the house and then remembered that the alarm wasn’t set. A smart alarm puts paid to this problem by enabling you to switch the alarm on and off remotely.

Last and by no means least, a smart doorbell also offers an effective enhancement to the security of your home. Smart doorbells are designed to let you see who’s at the door even when you’re not in – great for deterring potential intruders but also providing a useful way to communicate with delivery drivers or the postman!

Get in touch with FirstEye

If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of smart home technology, or to arrange for a free, no-obligation quotation, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk