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We don't insult your intelligence with so-called 'Free Offers' or 'Special Discounts' which invariably end up costing you dearly. We don't expect you to decide there and then, in fact we don't even state the cost of a proposed system when we carry out a survey for which there is no charge or any obligation whatsoever. We send you a written detailed specification and fixed price quotation for your consideration at your leisure. All of our charges are straightforward with no hidden extras and based on true costs.

The need for an Intruder Alarm System to be installed and maintained by a registered installer is led by insurance companies who increasingly specify this as a condition of insurance. Until quite recently, this requirement tended to be for higher risk commercial premises with a large potential loss and private residences with a high contents value only. It is also a requirement for systems with police response. However, there is an ever increasing trend towards specifying approved systems in virtually any situation. Even if there is no current requirement from your insurers, there might well be at a later date.

Insurers specify such systems in order to minimise their losses. Registered installers are regularly inspected and must show that they are installing and maintaining systems to the required standards. A system must be capable of showing a log of the recent history to prove its status at the time of any incident. The installation company must also carry hefty specialist insurance cover for liability and failure to perform. Before specifying the design of a system they must first carry out a risk assessment to ensure that any proposed system is fit for purpose.

Professional Grade wireless systems which meet the relevant grading are now a realistic option. The latest wireless technology and battery technology brings reliability without the need for wiring. Hybrid systems are available which can match wireless and conventional devices to the same system. Totally wireless systems can include wireless keypads and wireless sounders as well as wireless detection devices. The advantages and disadvantages between wired and wireless should be considered carefully before any decision is made.

If you are having an alarm system installed it is in all probability to give you peace of mind, reduce the chance of theft and minimise your loss. The last thing you want is a troublesome system that does not meet your expectations. Even if your insurers are not specifying the need for a system they might well do so in the future. Choosing a non-approved company to install an un-graded system might well mean that you will need a complete new system at a later date.

For an Intruder Alarm System to achieve and retain its SSAIB (or NSI) status it must be subject to a maintenance contract. This is a requirement for systems with police response.

A system installed to achieve such status (as often required by insurers) loses its status if it is not maintained in accordance with standards. A good excuse not to pay out in the event of a claim!

The problem is that some security companies use the need for maintenance to give themselves an unfair advantage with their charging and call-out structure. It is imperative that you are free to switch companies if you so desire. To combat this, some companies 'lock' the engineer code. This prevents the codes from being defaulted to factory settings to deny legitimate access to the system by others.

If a system which has been installed is not to the required standards for compliance, subsequent insistence on an alarm for insurance purposes could mean a new installation.

We offer a free survey and quotation without any obligation for commercial and domestic premises. Fully comprehensive maintenance is available for systems we install. Full terms and conditions and cost are provided with each quotation.

When comparing quotations it is wise to consider that a system that is thrown in using cheap equipment will initially cost less but has the potential to prove very costly over a period of time.

We take the time to properly install high quality reliable equipment so any on-going costs can be kept to a minimum while at the same time, allowing us to offer low cost fully comprehensive maintenance.

We don't tie our customers up with a long term contract in order to keep them, we simply rely on meeting our customers needs. They are free to judge us and go elsewhere if they are not satisfied.


We can provide:

Hardwired Commercial & Domestic Systems (Grades 2, 2 X & 3)

Wireless Commercial & Domestic Systems (Grades 2 & 2 X)

Audible's Only Systems

Voice Communication Option

Central Station Monitoring Option

Redcare Monitoring Option

Redcare GSM Monitoring Option

Dualcom Monitoring Option

Freecom Dual Path Monitoring option (Grade 2)

Systems to DD423 for Police Response

Remote Re-set Facilities

Remote Access (Up load and down load for Data Retrieval, Diagnostics and Programming) Option

SSAIB Approval


Fully Comprehensive Maintenance (for systems we install)

NO CALL-OUT CHARGES (in normal working hours)

NO LABOUR CHARGES

NO CHARGE FOR REPLACEMENT PARTS

NO CHARGE FOR REPLACING BATTERIES

NO CHARGE FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

Note: Wilful damage, other damage or damage caused by flooding etc. is not covered.

Every new system includes maintenance cover for the first year and the cost of renewal is given with the quotation for the installation of the system. When that cover is due to expire, customers are given the opportunity to renew their cover on an annual basis. The operation of such a scheme means that we can only use top quality reliable equipment, calls cost us money so we can't afford not to.


MAJOR CHANGES FOR INTRUDER ALARM STANDARDS - PD6662

October 2005 saw the introduction of PD6662 which is the intermediate UK version of European Standards for Intruder Alarms.

A registered alarm installer is now required to carry out a 'risk assessment' and decide on the appropriate grade of system.

Under PD6662, systems are 'graded'.

Grade 1

Non-professional or even DIY and would not normally meet the requirements of an insurance company.

Grade 2

Most domestic and lower risk commercial premises.

Grade 2 X is a variation of Grade 2 for systems that are not monitored or the monitoring does not comply with the requirements of Grade 2.

Grade 3

Higher risk commercial and high risk domestic.

Grade 4

Specialist risk such as banks etc.

Quite clearly, in many cases opinions to which grade of system is appropriate will differ. Grade 3 systems will cost substantially more than Grade 2. It is the insurer who carries the risk. Where an alarm is a requirement for insurance, the safest option is to ask your insurers for written confirmation that the grade specified is acceptable to avoid problems in the event of a claim. The requirement from insurers might vary so shop around.

The grading is based on the overall risk which includes the possible cost of a claim following a burglary and the likely ability of the type of intruder attracted to defeat the alarm system.

A non-graded or Grade 1 System carries a greater risk of defeat by an intruder and accordingly, the risk of probable higher insurance premiums in the event of a claim. Updating a system to a higher grade could involve the virtual replacement of system including possible rewiring.

BS 4737 is no longer acceptable for new installations but earlier systems should still be maintained to that standard.



WIRELESS ALARM SYSTEMS

Until quite recently, wireless alarm systems were considered by many to be unreliable. To be fair, professional systems appeared worse than they were in reality fuelled by the fact that most of the DIY systems available did 'little to inspire confidence' and tarnished the reputation of wireless systems as a whole.

The new generation of wireless systems use the latest wireless and battery technologies to provide reliable systems that can meet the standards required for insurance purposes. As you might expect, some are much better than others.

Fully wireless systems mean no wiring to the detection devices, keypad, and bell box. The main control panel does however require a connection to the mains supply and a telephone line where it is required for remote communication purposes over a land line. Some systems offer a GSM alternative.

Installation is simplified with no disruption to decor and if you move, you could take the system with you.


WE OFFER A FREE VISIT TO YOUR HOME FOR A SECURITY SURVEY AND ADVICE.

WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A DETAILED SPECIFICATION AND QUOTATION WITHOUT ANY OBLIGATION WHATSOEVER.

OR IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN VISIT OUR PREMISES.

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SCAM WATCH

Just like with any other type of business, Security Companies are not all as honest and forthright as you might think. Some see providing a security system simply as a means of making money without any consideration to how suitable and effective the system they provide might be. Some companies provide security and service, some just sell.

From the downright blatant mis-selling by making false claims and promises to the conveniently ‘left out’ and every where in between. Far too many people have found this out to their cost. Some have been so bad, they have ended up on Watchdog and X Ray.

To avoid becoming a victim yourself, follow these simple guidelines.

1/ Never make a spur of the moment decision. Don’t be tempted by ‘sign now’ incentives.

2/ Insist that you have a full written specification and quotation with the main equipment manufacturers shown. You might be passed off with low cost equipment.

3/ Some installers chose to install cheap and make their money later on maintenance and repairs. The more problematic the system, the more they make.

4/ Check any potential on-going costs including maintenance and service calls.

5/ Check what any maintenance offered actually covers. Maintenance terms should be in writing.

6/ Monitored systems without outside sounders are a great way to ensure the customer has to renew their contract.

7/ Where systems are to be ‘policed’, the police will not guarantee to attend within any given time window. Claims for ‘instant’ response are simply made up and used to sell.

8/ Choose a company that is certified by an inspectorate that is UKAS accredited. Only they can offer systems with police response.

9/ Check if your insurer’s have any special conditions an be sure they are met. You could end up with your theft cover being voided.

10/ Check for yourself on the reputation of the company you choose.

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'It is not prudent to decide on price alone. Whereas it is not wise to pay too much,  it can prove disastrous to pay too little.'



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 economically advantageous systems, particularly when due consideration is given to whole life cost.’



Whereas it is NOT true to say that you always get what you pay for,

it is true to say that you don’t get what you don’t pay for.


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