New HD CCTV System installed for Frome Memorial Theatre

Zodiac Security have recently been able to help and protect Frome Memorial Theatre with a HD CCTV System.

Statue at Frome Memorial Theatre

Statue at Frome Memorial Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, A statue of Sgt Charlie Robbins, a World War One soldier, hidden on a Somerset trading estate for years, has been moved and dedicated. The statue has been moved from outside the old Singer building, on the Marston Trading Estate, to the Frome Memorial Garden outside the town’s Memorial Theatre.

As part of the relocation task, Zodiac Security Ltd were asked to install a 2 camera external HD CCTV system to cover and protect the statue 24 hours a day to deter and prevent any damage or vandalism to the statue.

Each external dome incorporates infra red lighting to allow for viewing no matter what the lighting levels are outside the theatre and are vandal resistant to ensure no damage can be done to any of the cameras. The cctv cameras link to a HD digital video recorder that records 24 hours per day to provide constant monitoring of the statue.

CCTV warning signs have also been fixed in various locations around the theatre to warn any persons on the property that they are being recorded for both safety and security purposes.

HD CCTV

HD CCTV systems, more affordable than you think!!

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the security services provided by Zodiac Security please click on this link: http://www.zodiacsecurity.co.uk/services.html

CCTV Systems Frome, Somerset

 

 

Recent customer feedback

Client feedback

We have used the services of Zodiac Security since 2006 and have always received , professional and thorough service.
Gareth and his team are always at the end of the phone when needed , even when their customers are overseas. We have been thoroughly satisfied with their security service and would not hesitate in recommending them to friends and family
( in fact we have many times !!!!)

HD CCTV at an affordable price

If you’re thinking of getting a CCTV system installed then you want the best picture possible don’t you??? the problem was that to get the best picture you had to go digital with an IP CCTV system and that came with a big price!!!

But what if there was an alternative? a full 1080P HD CCTV system for the cost of a regular analogue CCTV system? now that’s something interesting isn’t it!!!

At Zodiac Security we are able to offer up a solution using HD SDI CCTV cameras, these use traditional cabling (co-ax) and are a lot lower cost that a digital HD IP CCTV cameras but with the same picture quality!!!. Below is a screenshot of one of the cameras when viewed from a remote PC (more of that later)

HD CCTV

That sounds fantastic I hear you cry!!! but what else can it do???

Well there’s a couple of major bonuses to our new HD SDI CCTV system:

  1. As it uses traditional CCTV cabling you can easily upgrade your existing analogue system to this new HD CCTV system using all the old cabling – keeping the price even lower!!!
  2. If you have broadband where the CCTV system is being installed then your new CCTV systems can be connected to it and you will then be able to view it remotely from PC’s, laptops, tablets or smartphones. You’ll even be able to playback all the video remotely that has been recorded. The two images in the post show the HD system viewed remotely during the day and at night)
HD CCTV at night

OUR HD CCTV Camera working at 2am in the morning

If you would like more information on our HD SDI CCTV systems then please feel free to get in touch with us zodiac@zodiacsecurity.co.uk or give us a call on 01458 241166. No pressure selling, just honest, straight forward security advice on our HD CCTV Systems.


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why you should always use an NSI approved security company

An excellent article if you are considering having a burglar alarm system installed.*


With all the security advice on the internet, it can be bewildering knowing who to trust for sound advice and service. Choose an NSI approved company and you have the peace of mind that you are dealing with a reputable contractor who works to NSI’s stringent standards.

Before you have an alarm fitted make sure you ask the following questions:

Q: Can I trust the employees of the security company when in my home?
A:  All relevant personnel within each NSI approved company have been security screened to British Standard 7858.

Q: Will the company I choose be capable of meeting the standard of workmanship and service I would expect?
A: NSI will only approve a company once it is capable of demonstrating technical and managerial competence and once approved is regularly audited to ensure consistency.

Q: If there is a problem with my alarm, how quickly can I expect the company to respond?
A: All NSI approved companies installing intruder alarms must operate a 24 hour call out service and must be able to respond to emergencies within a 4 hour period.  (NSI companies who have installed a CCTV or Access Control system are expected to respond within 24 hours.)

Q: Once I have an alarm fitted – will I see the installer again?
A: With NSI, a maintenance contract will be offered to customers who have an alarm installed.

Q: Upon installation of an intruder alarm what will I be given?
A: You will be issued with a Certificate of Compliance from an NSI approved company

Q: Will I get a discount on my house insurance if I have a burglar alarm?
A: It is always advisable to check with your insurance company as policies differ between companies.  However, many insurance companies do offer discounts for alarms installed by NSI approved companies

 

When it comes to home security and the protection of your family it really is important that you use someone you can trust, someone who is NSI approved so you know that your security will be done correctly before, during and after your security installation.

For a free security survey and quotation for your home please call Zodiac Security on 01458 241166.


 

Zodiac Security are an NSI approved security installers of Burglar Alarms, CCTV Systems and Access Control Systems.

 


 

*article provided by the National Security Inspectorate – www.nsi.org.uk

Insurance and Security Systems

A guest blog post by Steve Redwood of Harper Dolman & West Insurance Ltd – Insurance brokers in Somerset.

We all work very hard to build our business or personal assets and whilst the expense of paying for Insurance may not be the highlight of everyone’s year, the comfort blanket of having suitable cover does calm the nerves.

insurance and security systems

does your insurance cover you?

If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a crime or suffer damage then naturally this is when the benefit of insurance comes in to its own. At this point you don’t want to find out that your Insurer will not pay because you are not complying with the terms of the policy, so take action now to ensure you are protected.

In many cases, especially business policies where business stock is held or for private residents where high values contents are owned, Insurers may insist upon a certain level of security to include window and door locks, safe, alarms and CCTV. The detail of these requirements will be fully disclosed by your Insurer when you accept the quotation and at every renewal. If you use an Insurance Broker they will ensure you are made aware of these requirements.

With regards to Alarms systems and CCTV, the level of security that is required by an Insurer will vary depending on the nature and size of the risk.  With regards to fire and security systems, the Insurer will always ask for a system to be supported by an annual maintenance agreement managed by a contractor approved by a governing body such as SSAIB or NSI (National Security Inspectorate). If you have a requirement to have an increased level of security then discuss these requirements with an approved security contractor, such as Zodiac Security, and they will ensure your system meets the requirements set by your Insurer.

If you have not checked your Insurance requirements then you should do this immediately.  If you want independent advice on your Insurance requirements then speak to a local independent broker such as ourselves or the BIBA website http://www.biba.org.uk/ConsumerHome.aspx who will assist you in finding your local independent broker.

For all your insurance requirements Zodiac Security recommend that you speak to Harper Dolman & West Insurance Ltd www.harperdolmanwest.co.uk

PC based access control – using event reporting

How Access Control can help your business

There are many benefits to having a PC based access control system in operation for your business premises, this post will highlight how using event reporting can aid your business for both security and staff management.

With a PC based system you are able to see everything from one screen, making the understanding, control an operation of the system extremely easy and straight forward.

access control

PC based access control systems – easy to control and operate

So what is event reporting and how can it help me?

A PC based access control system means that you can view all staff and visitor movements on site, from your computer screen. For example, the events screen will show you when a door has been forced or left open, this helps you with the security of your building and business and will tell you when the event occurred, this is particularly useful for sensitive areas of the business or restricted areas where an intruder or unauthorised person can put themselves or the business in danger. Events can be viewed live as they happen or can be archived for future reference as and when needed.

For more information on our PC based access control systems please do not hesitate to contact us

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client feedback

Feedback from another happy customer of Zodiac Security after we installed a wireless burglar alarm system in their home property in Yeovil, Somerset.

“A very helpful team who have given us what was needed without any of the rubbish which comes from other companies. The system is simple and easy to use yet robust and stable.”

New customer feedback from Marque 21 – Bridport

We have recently received feedback from one of our new clients, here is what they recently sent us:

“Zodiac Security fitted our alarm system on our business premises. They carried out the job quickly and efficiently and with a friendly manner. The cost of the new system was fairly priced and since having it installed we have had no issues with it at all. We would be only too happy to recommend Zodiac Security.”
Marque 21 – Bridport, Dorset.

 

Are you thinking of making your gates automated?

Things to consider when having your gates automated

1) Make sure the gates work!

Any gate to be automated must work properly as a manual gate.  Automation will not overcome problems with an incorrectly installed or faulty/broken gates.

2) Gates on slopes

Gates have trouble on driveways and entrances that run uphill.  This will complicate the situation and often leaves larges gaps at the bottom of the gate to compensate for the slope. Gates can be installed on slopes but the flatter the entrance the better where possible.

3) Is it up to the job?

Make sure that the equipment specified is suitable. Failiure to do this this will invalidate the guarantee and result in faulty operation / equipment failure.

4) Underground motors

Underground motors need drainage.  These motors are design to be fitted underground – not underwater.

5) Professional installation

Gate automation equipment should be sourced from and fitted by a profession installer.  It may cost a little more but you will then have someone who will take full responsibility for the installation.  Whilst it is tempting to buy your equipment yourself from one of these companies who have little regard for the industry and sell at close to trade prices direct to end users, this does you no favours and damages the industry and may result in serious accidents for which you may end being responsible.

6) Environment

Consideration must be given to environmental conditions, particularly the effect of wind on a gate.  Even an ‘open railing’ gate will present a degree of wind resistance, and close boarded wooded gates are just like a sail in strong wind. This can affect the operation and life of your gate operating system.

7) Means of opening gates

Consideration needs to be given to how you want the gate to open from both inside and outside. Various options include: Radio remote keyfobs,  Keypads/proximity access, push-buttons, ground loops and GSM via mobile phone.

8) Visitor/pedestrian access

If there is no alternative, dedicated free pedestrian gate, you must consider how visitors will contact the property to gain access, and how the gate will be opened.

For pedestrian access from outside without a radio keyfob a digital keypad can be used to open one leaf only or both leaves depending on the system. Alternatively, for visitor access some form of entry intercom is normally used.  Typical examples are:-

  • Hardwired audio or audio/video system with or without built in keypad
  • Radio audio system with or without keypad providing a range up to 200m in CLEAR SPACE
  • GSM audio with or without keypad – unlimited range but dependent on local phone reception quality.

9) Trade Access

Consideration must be given to necessity for access to trades people such as dustmen, postmen, gardeners etc.

This is often achieved by connecting a button  to a time clock which would allow the gate to be opened during a certain time period.

10) Self-locking motors

You cannot rely on automated gate motor to provide total security to a gate.  The addition of extra locks will make it much more difficult to force a gate open. External rated Electromagic locks can be added to the system for additional security.

For more information on automated gates or to arrange a free security survey please do not hesitate to contact Zodiac Security by clicking on the side tab.

alarm going off when you have a power cut?

Does your burglar alarm go off whenever you have a power failure? Chances are the emergency standby battery in the control panel has failed.

tired of your burglar alarm going off?

tired of your burglar alarm going off?

There is nothing more annoying than a burglar alarm that constantly goes off for no reason, the end result is that people will just ignore it and that defeats the whole object and the purpose of having a burglar alarm in the first place. A common cause of false activations is a faulty emergency standby battery.

So what is the solution?

A burglar alarm system should be maintained and serviced on a regular basis (every twelve months, or every six months for a monitored system) and is often a condition of your insurers, on this maintenance and service visit the emergency standby battery will be checked and tested to show its current condition. If the battery is deemed insufficient then it will be changed. Rules and regulations state that a standby battery should be capable of powering the burglar alarm system for a minimum of 12 hours including a 15 minute full alarm period in the event of a power cut.

On average a standby battery will last between 3 – 5 years – when was the last time you had yours changed?

Emergency standby batteries for an alarm system

Emergency standby batteries for an alarm system

To arrange a service of your burglar alarm system or to discuss the various maintenance and monitoring options you have then please do not hesitate to contact us.