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Things to bear in mind before installing a domestic CCTV system

There’s no doubt that installing CCTV offers a great way to improve the security of your home. However, before you install a system, there are a number of important points you need to consider first, as protecting your home with a CCTV system comes with a set of responsibilities such as the privacy of your neighbours, for example. Here are a few ways to ensure you make the most of CCTV technology whilst also meeting privacy regulations:

  • Before installing CCTV system, spend a little time considering whether it is the best solution for you and your property. At FirstEye we work with homeowners throughout Leeds and will use our expertise to help you find the most appropriate privacy system. For some properties, for example, motion sensor security lighting may be sufficient.

  • If your CCTV cameras do happen to capture part of a neighbouring property, or a property across the road, you must ensure you comply with data protection regulations.

  • You should always make sure that the date and time on your system are correct and that images aren’t stored for longer than necessary. This means that footage must be deleted once it is no longer required. In addition, the information recorded should only be used for the purposes for which the system was installed.

  • External cameras should be carefully positioned to ensure that they don’t invade your neighbour’s privacy or the privacy of passers by.

  • In order to comply with data protection regulations you’ll need to display signage to let other people know that CCTV cameras are in operation, only provide access to the footage to those who need it (e.g. the police) and select a system which enables you to choose what to record.

This list covers the main points to consider but for further information on how to ensure you’re using your system correctly, please get in touch with us or see the latest government guidance.

CCTV systems installed in Leeds by FirstEye

Here at FirstEye we have many years of experience of installing CCTV and security systems for residential and business customers throughout Leeds and West Yorkshire. If you would like to find out more about CCTV and security, please get in touch.

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Do you know how to protect your business or home against vandalism?

Vandalism can be just as traumatic to deal with as burglary, whilst also costing significant amounts of time and money to rectify. However, there are effective steps you can take to safeguard your home and business from malicious damage. Here are a few things could can do to protect your property:

  • Maintain visibility: although it can be very tempting to put up a high fence or wall around your property, this simply makes it invisible from the street, therefore making it a more tempting target. Fences and boundaries are, of course, important but by ensuring that your perimeter walls and fences are no higher than one metre you’ll prevent intruders from having somewhere to hide. Security lighting can also provide a highly effective way to prevent vandalism and it’s important to ensure that the light covers vulnerable, low-visibility areas such as the rear or side. Dusk-till-dawn lighting offers a convenient solution as there’s no need to remember to switch it on or turn it off.
  • Create a boundary: laying out a boundary is a clear demonstration that your property is your territory and that anyone who crosses this boundary uninvited or unauthorised is trespassing. Low walls or hedges, fences or even flower beds offer an effective way to do this. If you’re concerned about your driveway, why not consider installing electric gates or a drop-down bollard?
  • Keeping up appearances: keeping on top of rubbish and maintenance is an effective way to show that you take the security of your property seriously whilst conveying a sense of order. As such, make sure that you don’t leave ladders, wheelie bins or rubbish lying around.

Get in touch with FirstEye – security installation specialists in Leeds

Here at FirstEye we offer a wide range of cost-effective security installation services for domestic and commercial customers in Leeds and surrounding areas. From security lighting and CCTV, through to electric gates and security barriers, we can help you secure your property against crime. Why not get in touch to obtain a free, no-obligation quote?

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Protecting your property means protecting your garden

Many homeowners don’t realise that ensuring your garden and outbuildings offers an important way to prevent burglars from getting into your home. In this blog post we’ll offer advice on simple steps you can take to secure the perimeter of your property, helping to safeguard your home in the process.

Home security from the outside in

When thinking about home security it’s important to take into consideration not only how much protection your garden and perimeter has, but also whether any outbuildings such as a shed or outbuilding have adequate security. Shed and garage security is an issue which we’ve covered in previous blog posts so we won’t go into too much detail here; just to remind you that security alarms and lighting offers effective ways to provide outbuildings with additional security.

So, what can be done to improve the security of your garden and outside areas? Firstly, if you have a front garden, make sure that the boundary is low as tall fences, hedges or overgrown planting offer places for burglars to hide.

If you don’t have a side gate make sure you have one installed and that it is fitted with a lock which should be secured at all times. Leaving gates unsecured gives burglars a chance to easily access your home without being detected by neighbours or passers-by.

High rear and side boundaries are the ideal, with fences or hedges higher than 1.8 metres. In addition, planting plants with thorns offers additional protection, as does lightweight trellis which makes it harder for burglars to climb over.

Gravel driveways and paths are well worth considering as the sound of gravel underfoot makes it harder for burglars to move around undetected. Furthermore, installing security lighting also makes it harder for burglars to approach your home without being seen.

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For additional advice on the best ways to protect your home from crime, get in touch with FirstEye, your home security installation specialists in Leeds.

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How to protect your business from the outside in

Starting and running a business is time consuming, hard work and expensive. With this in mind, it’s important to do everything you can to prevent burglars from attempting to break in. So what can you do to make your business premises as secure as possible, whilst deterring thieves from breaking in?

How to keep burglars out

One of the most effective steps you can take to prevent your business from being broken into is deter burglars from attempting to enter in the first place.

  • Make sure that the exterior of your business premises is as tidy and well-maintained as possible. Keeping the exterior free of litter, rubbish and graffiti makes it clear to potential thieves that your business is a serious concern and that security is important to you. If graffiti is a problem, contact your local council who will send in a specialist removal team.
  • Take time to identify any areas which could be vulnerable to forced entry such as rear doors, fire escapes or loading bays. If any areas are vulnerable, have them made more secure with additional locks and security lighting.
  • Doors and windows which aren’t in use should be kept locked.
  • If you don’t have a monitored alarm you should have one installed as soon as possible. If you do have a monitored alarm and it’s not fully operational, arrange to have it repaired and serviced.
  • CCTV offers extremely effective security for businesses of all types and sizes. If you’re considering installing a CCTV system, make sure it’s 24-hour digital CCTV, has facial recognition and provides good quality images.
  • Don’t store wheelie bins near to windows as these can be climbed upon to gain access.
  • Sufficient exterior lighting is a must as dark poorly lit areas provide burglars with places to hide.
  • If your business premises has a loading bay, consider protecting this with security bollards. In addition, anti-ram raid bollards provide effective protection against ram-raiding but may require planning permission.
  • Try to avoid keeping cash on the premises overnight and consider installing a bolted-down safe which is fitted with a time lock and anti-tamper sensors linked to an alarm.

Here at FirstEye we can help you give your business the protection it deserves. We offer a wide range of highly effective security solutions including  alarm and CCTV installations, security bollards, security lighting, access control systems and more.

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Is the security of your flat up to scratch?

Unfortunately residents who live in flats, particularly those in flats above ground floor level, tend to assume that because there are fewer points of entry, security is less of an issue. However, flats need to be as secure as possible, whilst the overall security of the building should be seen as the responsibility of all of the building’s residents.

How to improve the security of your flat

Flat security starts with the outside of the building. It’s important to ensure that the outside of the building is kept clear of overgrown shrubs as planting as these can obscure the view and give burglars somewhere to hid. If you’re concerned about this, ask you landlord or letting agent to cut back overgrown planting and to make sure that exterior lights are in working order.

Communal doorways are only effective if they are kept closed and fully secure. Make sure exterior doors lock behind you and if they don’t report this to your landlord or letting agent as soon as possible.

Door inter com systems provide additional security so never buzz in anyone who you don’t know or let them in behind you, even if they say they’re visiting another resident. The most effective security protection for communal entrances are audio and video systems which enable residents to see and talk to visitors before allowing them in.

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We provide a wide range of cost-effective security systems ideal for residential properties including flats and apartments. From door entry systems and security alarms, through to security lighting we can help you secure your home.

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Protect your home by knowing what burglars look for

The majority of break-ins are opportunistic crimes, carried out on the spur of the moment by burglars who know what to look for when judging how easy it will be to enter a property. Understanding what makes burglars target particular properties offers an important way to deter them from attempting to break into your home.

Here’s some guidance on how burglars operate and how to use this information to prevent yourself from becoming a victim:

  • Burglars tend to be on the look out for homes which have the doors or windows left open. With this in mind, it’s essential to ensure that your home is fully secured before you go out, even if its only for a short period of time.
  • Burglars will target homes which they think will have valuable items inside. Leaving packing from expensive items outside is a clear giveaway, as it leaving expensive items within sight of your windows and exterior doors.
  • Burglars want to keep their activities as invisible as possible. To prevent them from having somewhere to hide, make sure that your front garden isn’t overgrown by keeping trees, shrubs and edges as neat and tidy as possible. Installing security lighting also proves highly effective by illuminating outside areas and reducing potential hiding places.
  • Burglars know when a house is likely to be unoccupied such as during the working day, the school run or holidays. Ensuring your home looks occupied when you’re not there is important so consider leaving the radio on and installing automatic timer light switches. If you’re going away on holiday, as a neighbour or friend to move post out of sight of the front door and don’t forget to cancel the milk!
  • Always make sure car keys are stored securely and out of and reach of windows and exterior doors.
  • Unfortunately it’s a fact that burglars will often return to properties which they’ve broken into before. For this reason, it’s vital that you ensure the security of your home is up-to-date now, rather than waiting until the worst happens.

FirstEye home security in Leeds

We install a wide range of cost-effective home security systems in Leeds and surrounding areas. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you safeguard your home, please get in touch to obtain a free, no-obligation quote.

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Is your business protected by an intruder alarm?

Installing an intruder alarm offers a reliable, effective and affordable way to protect your business against crime. Here at FirstEye we offer business and commercial alarm installation services in Leeds and surrounding areas. The alarm system we install can be tailored to suit your individual requirements, providing you with a cost effective way to give your business the protection it deserves.

Intruder alarms to suit all budgets and requirements

We offer a wide range of alarm products with options suitable for business or commercial premises of all shapes and sizes. We have the expertise to install wired alarms or the very latest in wireless system technology, with multiple zone panels which can be tailored to suit your business premises.

The systems we install are audible only alarms but because they are designed to be set, unset, controlled and monitored via an app, there’s no need for an expensive monitoring or police response system. In addition, we can also add as many multiple users you need, whilst you’ll be able to check on the security of your premises regardless of where you are.

Security protection for large buildings and outdoor areas

When it comes to large buildings such as warehouses or outdoor storage yards or loading bays, the best way to protect them is via infra red beams in addition to PIR sensors. Infra red beams offer a major advantage as because they run point to point, the alarm system is able to identify exactly where an intruder has triggered a beam, and will cover distances of up to 100 metres. In addition, infra red sensors are more accurate than PIR sensors and are much less likely to become triggered by environmental factors. Lastly, it is also possible to set infra red sensors at a height to avoid them being triggered by wildlife.

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If you would like to find our more about our alarm installations in Leeds, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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Security installations in Leeds for residential and commercial customers

Here at FirstEye we have decades of experience in providing a wide range of high quality, great value security solutions for residential and commercial clients. We are experts in helping homeowners and business owners protect their properties from crime at a price that’s right for them. From CCTV and security alarms, through to access control systems and security gates, our services are reliable and cost effective.

Commercial security installations in Leeds

We specialise in the planning, design and installation of a wide range of security solutions to help safeguard businesses against theft and other crime such as vandalism. Our range of commercial and business security services includes CCTV installation, intruder alarm systems with multiple user capacity, access control and intercom systems, vehicle barriers and physical security, fire alarm systems and security lighting.

Domestic security installations in Leeds

We are proud to maintain high standards of workmanship and as a result enjoy an excellent reputation for providing exceptional customer service. Our team are professional, fully qualified and will always treat your property with respect and care.

We provide a number of security solutions which are ideal for protecting residential properties of all shapes and sizes, including intruder alarms with smartphone app control, CCTV systems with smartphone app control, video doorbells and gate intercoms, electric gates, security posts and home security lighting.

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If you would like to find out more about our services which are available throughout Leeds and surrounding areas, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599, or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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Professional security alarm installations in Leeds

Installing an intruder alarm is the one of the most effective ways to safeguard your home and possessions against theft. It can be tempting to by an off-the-shelf system and install it yourself, however, if you are to get maximum benefit and ensure reliability, a professional alarm installation offers much better long-term value and peace of mind.

By choosing a professional security alarm installation company such as FirstEye to install your alarm offers a number of benefits including:

  • We install systems to suit all types of budgets and requirements, including simple bell only alarms, through to wireless alarms designed to remotely controlled via an app, regardless of where you are.

  • Our team are fully trained and highly experienced. We understand the complexities of alarm installation and have the expertise to ensure correct positioning of alarm sensors in all types of property; from flats and terraced houses, through to bungalows and large detached homes.

  • If you’ve recently decorated your home or would prefer not to have cables installed through every room, we have expertise in installing the latest wireless systems.

  • We provide maintenance services designed to ensure your system is working efficiently and provide peace of mind.

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Although a professional alarm installation might cost more a little more than installing a system yourself, it’s difficult to put a price on peace of mind. To find out more about our alarm installation services in Leeds and surrounding areas, or to obtain a free, no-obligation quote and security survey, get in touch with us by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk

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New year = new approach to business security

There’s no denying that running your own business can be incredibly time consuming. With this in mind, business security often ends up being towards to the bottom of many business owner’s to-do lists! The start of a new year is a great opportunity to move the security of your business to the top of the list so we’re going to offer a few simple ideas on how to make sure you’re safe, secure and ready for 2022.

Business security solutions installed in Leeds by FirstEye

Business security doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here at FirstEye we install a wide range of security systems to suit the requirements and budgets of businesses of all sizes. From CCTV and security alarms, through to security lighting and access control, we have the expertise to help you secure your business against crime.

We know that choosing the right solutions can seem a little daunting and we’re happy to provide advice and guidance when required. All businesses are unique but as a general rule of thumb, a reliable security alarm is a must-have. A wide range of security alarms for businesses are available and the latest smart systems are designed to be controlled using a smartphone app. This means that you’ll be able control and monitor your alarm system regardless of where you are. In addition, many of the systems we install can be installed to alongside a fire alarm system to provide complete round-the-clock protection.

CCTV is also ideal for the majority of businesses as it offers the perfect combination of security protection, peace of mind and a highly effective deterrent. Again, we offer a wide range of systems to suit all requirements; from single camera systems, through to complex CCTV systems designed to protect large, multi-site premises.

Access control offers an effective, cost-effective way to protect vulnerable areas of of your business such as stock rooms, data centres, reception areas or loading bays. In addition, access control can also be used to monitor staff access.

Last and by no means least, if you’re looking for a simple and affordable way to give your business premises an extra layer of security protection then security lighting is pretty hard to beat.

Contact FirstEye

We work with a wide range of businesses throughout Yorkshire, from shops and commercial businesses, through to factories, warehouses, farms and more.

To find out more or arrange a free security survey, please get in touch by calling 0113 228 8599 or email quote@firsteye.co.uk