The Crime Survey of England and Wales, issued late last year, revealed that burglary offences fell by 8% from October 2015 to September 2016, and are down 71% since 1995. Whilst this is positive news, unfortunately the actual cost to business continues to rise. The annual bill for UK retail crime soared to £613m last year – the highest level since records began. It’s not just the retail industry that can be affected, commercial theft and criminal damage still pose a very real threat to all businesses. Intruder Alarms provide a very visible message to the outside world that you take the security of your business seriously. But with the market flooded with options, it’s difficult to know which burglar alarm you need.
First and foremost, it is important to understand that whilst dummy boxes on the front of your property are the cheapest option, criminals who want to break in can easily spot the fake from the real. Similarly, off-the-shelf DIY options are a cost-effective route, however it has also been suggested that burglars can distinguish at a glance between DIY models and professionally installed systems. Interestingly, the Police also point out that DIY alarms are less likely to be reliable than professionally installed and maintained systems.
Using a professional security provider may not be as expensive as you think. Most reputable security companies will offer a free site survey and written quotation, without obligation. Make sure you do some research, the advice from the Police is to use only alarm installation companies who are registered with and inspected by either the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) or the NSI (National Security Inspectorate). As an added bonus, by using an SSAIB approved company to install and maintain the alarm, it may reduce your insurance premiums as many insurance companies offer reductions on premiums.
What kind of Intruder Alarm should I use for my business?
Bells only systems
The most commonly installed burglar alarms fitted in the UK today are traditional bell box alarms. As the name suggests, when activated an internal and external alarm will ring as a warning. In line with noise pollution laws, it should shut down after 20 minutes unless silenced earlier by an authorised user. Usually the most cost-effective option to install and maintain, a bell box can be installed pretty quickly to ensure secure peace of mind.
Key Holder response alarm
To provide an extra element of security, particularly when your premises is not occupied overnight, you may want to consider having an auto-dialler system fitted. This will, on activation of your alarm, ring a pre-programmed number to inform you or your chosen keyholder of the activation.
Fully monitored alarm systems
For complete peace of mind, a fully monitored intruder alarm system may be the right option for your business. Incorporating both of the above, the alarm can also be linked wirelessly to a monitoring station that will notify the Police that your alarm has been activated.
A reliable, professionally fitted intruder alarm is a sound investment to any business. Every business has different requirements and budgets so it is important for you to pick a security provider that you can trust.
At iDiS, we can offer you the best security solution for your business needs. Give us a call on 0800 121 4877 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on how to maximise your security investment.