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.

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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

PC based access control systems in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and London

 

 

 

 

 

SMS text messaging on your alarm system

Do you want to know when your burglar alarm has activated but don’t necessarily want to have the cost and expense of connecting to an Alarm Receiving Centre?

Would you like to be able to check on your alarm system and even operate it remotely from your mobile phone?

Then SMS text messaging is for you

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receive text messages from your burglar alarm

With our range of both wired and wireless burglar alarm systems we are able to offer SMS messaging as part of the system, this may be in its most basic form of simply sending a SMS text message to any programmed mobile phone(s) informing them of the activation.

For more detailed control and SMS messaging our COM GSM unit integrates with our burglar alarm system to allow for full control of the burglar alarm system from authorised users and mobile phones, this system can provide you with the following:

  1. the ability to set and unset the system from your mobile phone
  2. check the system status (is the system set or unset)
  3. alert you if any other users set and unset the system (handy if you want to know when staff open or close the office / shop)

For more information on how Zodiac Security can help to protect your home and business with the use of SMS messaging please feel free to contact us

 Burglar Alarm installers in Yeovil, Somerset

Why you should use an NSI approved security company

Always use an NSI Approved Security Installation company

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.

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Before you have a Burglar 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 system 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.

 

Zodiac Security are NSI (NACOSS) approved security installers

NSI approved

Zodiac Security are an NSI approved security installation company

 

Burglar and Intruder Alarms in Yeovil

Burglar Alarms Yeovil

Zodiac Security Ltd are based on Sherborne Road in Yeovil, Somerset. We are an NSI (NACOSS) approved security installation company that provide a full security system installation and maintenance service for home and business properties in Yeovil and the surrounding areas including Montacute, Odcombe, Ilchester, Martock and Stoke Sub Hambdon.  No building is too small or large and no security problem is too complex. We are always able to find the best security option at the best possible price. All security systems are installed to meet the required standards and meet all police and insurance requirements.

Zodiac Security - burglar alarms installers in Yeovil

Zodiac Security – burglar alarms installers in Yeovil

Security systems installed by Zodiac Security in Yeovil include:

  • Burglar and Intruder Alarms
  • Wireless Alarm Systems
  • CCTV Systems (including HD and IP CCTV Systems)
  • Fire Alarms (wired and wireless)
  • Access Control Systems
  • Door Entry and Intercom Systems
  • Automated Gates
  • Monitored Alarm Systems with Police Response
  • Redcare and Dual Com Systems
  • Maintenance, Repair and Take over of existing security systems

So act now before its too late and contact Zodiac Security to arrange a free, no obligation security survey and quotation for your home or business property, we will explain to you in simple terms what options are available to you and design the best security system to suit your home lifestyle or business use. NO scare tactics, no technobabble, just straight forward, honest security advice.

NSI approved Intruder alarm systems installers in Yeovil

 

Fire Safety in the workplace – who is responsible?

Have you carried out your fire risk assessment?

Fire safety, including both the prevention and detection of fire is incredibly important, there are no second chances. If you run a business or organisation by law you have to appoint a Responsible Person for Fire Safety. You could get fined and/or go to prison if you don’t follow fire safety regulations.

Zodiac Security supply and install wired and wireless fire alarm systems

Zodiac Security supply and install wired and wireless fire alarm systems throughout the South West of England

But that doesn’t apply to me does it?

YES IT DOES!!!

You need to delegate a competent person to be responsible for fire safety if you are:

  • An employer or self-employed
  • In charge of premises used by members of the public
  • Offering accommodation to paying guests
  • A charity or voluntary organisation
  • Using any part of your home for business purposes (including Hotels and B & B’s)
  • The owner or landlord of a block of flats/apartments in England and Wales

So who and what is classed as a competent or responsible person?

It is usually the business owner or the highest level of manager at the business location (office manager / MD etc) who is deemed as the responsible person, this can be delegated to another employee if required. For HMO properties it is generally the landlord who is deemed to be responsible.

If you require assistance with your fire risk assessment or would like more information on how to protect your property with a wired or wireless fire alarm system then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Fire alarm installers in Somerset

 

 

Dorchester Burglar Alarms and Security Systems

Burglar Alarm Installers In Dorchester, Dorset

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England. A historic market town, Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome, and is one of the prettiest towns in the whole of England – but properties still need to be protected and secured, both domestically and commercially.

Zodiac Security Ltd provide a full security system installation and maintenance service for home and business properties in Dorchester and the surrounding areas, no building is too small or large and no security problem is too complex. We are always able to find the best security option at the best possible price. All security systems are installed to meet the required standards and meet all police and insurance requirements.

Security System installers in Dorchester, Dorset

Zodiac Security are NSI and Insurance Approved Security System installers in Dorchester, Dorset

Security systems installed by Zodiac Security in Dorchester include:

  • Burglar and Intruder Alarms
  • Wireless Alarm Systems
  • CCTV Systems (including HD and IP CCTV Systems)
  • Fire Alarms (wired and wireless)
  • Access Control Systems
  • Door Entry and Intercom Systems
  • Automated Gates
  • Monitored Alarm Systems with Police Response
  • Redcare and Dual Com Systems
  • Maintenance, Repair and Take over of existing security systems

So act now before its too late and contact Zodiac Security to arrange a free, no obligation security survey and quotation for your home or business property, we will explain to you in simple terms what options are available to you and design the best security system to suit your home lifestyle or business use. NO scare tactics, no technobabble, just straight forward, honest security advice.

NSI approved security installers in Dorchester

 

 

customer testimonials

More and more customers homes and business properties are now fully protected by Zodiac Security. See what they have to say about the service we provided for them.

Rebecca Allen: HR Consultant:

Our existing alarm company were over-charging and under-delivering. We decided to change providers, and were really impressed with the way in which Zodiac operate, as well as their reputation in the local business community.
We were not disappointed, and have received first class customer service throughout our relationship with them. We have had no hesitation in recommending Zodiac Security.

Rob Harwood-Smith: Director at Flexible Software Solutions:

Gareth knows his stuff!  Installed a great reliable and easy to use alarm system for our business.  Gareth is always reliable and friendly and offers practical advice.

 

wireless burglar alarm with CCTV included

Making sure you know what is happening in your property.

Burglar alarms are a very effective way to protect and secure your property, but you are never sure whether its a false alarm or an actual break-in, even fully monitored burglar alarm can’t tell you everything.

So what’s the solution?

wireless cctv and alarm system

A wireless burglar alarm that sends CCTV images to your smartphone

Our latest wireless burglar alarm system is a state-of-the-art 2-way wireless security system designed for domestic and small commercial properties and provides much more than a standard burglar alarm system.

The system allows visual confirmation of an alarm activation via the secure smartphone app (or a web browser if you prefer) which enables home and business owners to control their alarm systems remotely (set and unset) as well as view real-time CCTV images taken inside the premises with the wireless PIR camera detector.

In the event of an alarm activation, the PIR camera is automatically activated and captures a series of CCTV images that it sends to you, the owner via the secure app. This enables you to view the images and confirm if there is a crime or break in happening.

The wireless burglar alarm system can be also be enhanced and added to with a wide range of security devices that can provide additional protection against theft as well as protection against environmental hazards and fire detection.

For more information about our latest wireless burglar alarm and to see how it can help protect you simply click on the side tab to arrange a free security survey, no pressure, no obligation, just straight forward, honest security advice.

wireless burglar alarm installers

 

CCTV Documentation

Is your CCTV documentation correct and up to scratch?

Having the correct documents for your CCTV system is extremely important to ensure that it is being used correctly, however most systems installed do not have the necessary and required documentation for the CCTV system:

Some of the documents that should be available to the CCTV system are:

  • Staff Training Records
  • Who has Access Records (remote and local)
  • Data Request Records
  • Data Removal Records
  • Staff Acceptance of CCTV (if applicable)
  • CCTV Warning Signs (stating the purpose of the CCTV system)
  • A Regular Maintenance Agreement / Contract
  • A full and detailed specification of the system

If you do not have the above documentation it may affect both your insurance and the potential to use your CCTV system for evidence and prosecution purposes.

If you would like Zodiac Security to carry out a free security evaluation of your CCTV system to ensure that it complies with all the required standards necessary then please use the side tab to contact us.

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