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 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

Upgrade your existing CCTV to HD

Affordable, cost effective HD CCTV Systems and CCTV upgrades.

Have you ever looked at your CCTV system and the images/video it produces and thought “I cant make out what that is” or “I wish it was a lot clearer”

Well the answer is at hand and its more affordable than you think!!! Existing CCTV systems can now be easily upgraded to HD CCTV for crystal clear images


HD CCTV systems, more affordable than you think!!

Traditionally, if you wanted an HD CCTV system you would have to install a whole new data network (or hope that the building already had one that could cope with the HD CCTV) and then use an expensive IP megapixel CCTV camera that would be viewed on the internal IT network. This can be very costly and affect the performance of the IT network around the building.

But I already have a CCTV system so what can I do with that? I hear you ask?

Well this is the beauty of our latest CCTV system, commonly known as HD-SDI, we are able to use all of the existing co-ax cabling and power supplies of your existing analogue CCTV system and just replace the CCTV Cameras and Digital Recorder with our HD- SDI range of CCTV, greatly saving on both labour costs and equipment costs.

The end result being that you now have an excellent, crystal clear HD CCTV system with no affect on your IT Network or any cabling requirements so no office or décor disruption.

So if you are unhappy with your existing CCTV system or would like a new HD CCTV system installed in your office or work premises then please feel free to contact us via our contact page or via the side tab on this page



Recent Customer Recommendations

Some recent recommendations of our security work:

Fletcher Easton – Director – Mews Moves & Storage

Gareth has provided domestic and commercial security for our home and business. Exceptional service, integrity and great advice. Thank you Gareth and Zodiac.

Newman Building Solutions – Steven Newman MD of Newman Building Solutions Limited

Have known gareth for a number of years and his services are second to none, reliable trustworthy and always on time wouldn’t go to any other company keep up the good work….

Nigel van Woerdekom – Technical Manager at CQR Fire & Security

Gareth is one of the best engineers I have had the pleasure to work with, his knowledge is second to none and he takes great pride in all his work.

Kevin Andrews – Owner, Recognition Express

We’ve used Gareth & Zodiac now for 5 years, both our business and residential alarms are installed and maintained by Zodiac and would highly recommend their products and level of service. My only regret is sadly we only called Gareth in after we were broken into at our factory before we had any alarms fitted! Don’t make that mistake. No break-ins or incidents since happily 🙂


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