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

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.

Why you should make your existing gates automated

Five Reasons to Have Automatic Electric Gates at your home

There are many reasons why home owners are investing in making their gates automated, and you are about to find out why from the experts. At Zodiac Security we have a wealth of knowledge surrounding automated gates, which enables us to offer our customers a great insight into the benefits they could be reaping if they decided to invest in making their gates automated.

Automated Gates

Make existing gates automated with Zodiac Security

Understandably, as a customer you want to know all the facts before purchasing, which is why we have decided to give you the five main reasons that most people outline when deciding to have an automated gate system installed.

1. Convenience

When it’s pouring down with rain, the last thing you want to do when you come home from a hard day of work is to jump out of the car and manually open the gate to your property (most people just end up leaving the gates propped open). One way to prevent this scenario from occurring is with an automated electric gate system from Zodiac Security, which also leaves you safe in the knowledge that your gate will always be securely closed. Moreover you have the added the convenience of being able to open your gates for friends and family, from the comfort of your home so they benefit as well.

2. Safety

Every parent will share our concern of safety. As a parent, your worst nightmare is for your child running out into the middle of a road, but one way to stop this from happening is with a reliable automatic electric gate system, people are even increasingly using automated gates to ensure that the family pet cannot escape too!!

3. Security

Security is a major worry for many homeowners. One way to improve the security of your property is with an electric gate, as it offers a physical barrier to deter unwanted guests, and gives you control over who enters your property.

4. Appearance

Much like finding a great pair of shoes or fantastic hat, accessorising your home with an automatic electric gate can add style and sophistication to the front of your property and create a great first impression. All types of gates can be automated including metal gates, wooden gates and even gates that have been listed on older properties.

5. Increased Property Value

With all these advantages it is not surprising to learn that the value of your property will be increased. This is great news for those who may intend to sell their home in the future, as  you can still have all the previously mentioned benefits, with the additional one of increasing the value of your property and giving you an added advantage over other people selling their home.

Automatic electric gates offer homeowners numerous advantages. If you would like further information on the various automated gates systems that we can install then please do not hesitate to contact our office at Zodiac Security. We are always happy to help  – call us direct on 01935 425429.

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

sms text massages

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

we do not know your alarm code

As part of our service we offer a 24 hour telephone support and call-out service to all of our customers how have a standing maintenance agreement with us for any of their security systems. So just in case they have a problem or question we are always there to help. We also receive calls out of hours from other people who are not under a maintenance agreement with Zodiac Security but have a problem with an existing security system.

The most common problem we get contacted about is some one who has entered a property and either has forgotten the code or not been told the code. And their first phone call is always to us is “surely you have a code that will turn off any alarm system don’t you?”

dont-know

So to address this question:

1) No we do not know the code to your burglar alarm system, nor do we keep a record of the codes for any security system. That is the responsibility of the property or business owner.

2) There is no such thing as a super code that turns off every alarm system – I’m pretty sure that burglars and criminals would love to have a code like this!!!

3) Even if we did have a code for your alarm system (and we don’t) we wouldn’t give it out over the phone anyway – how do we know who you are???

So in summary, its you as the business or property owner to know and remember your codes, not your alarm companies.

If you are experiencing any issues with your security systems, including burglar alarms, CCTV Systems, Access Control, Automatic Gates or fire alarms then please feel free to contact Zodiac Security on 01935 425429 to see how we can help you

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.

important

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

 

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