Keeping your Home Secure at Christmas

Keeping your Home Secure at Christmas

With Christmas just a month away we have 5 top tips to keep your home secure.

Christmas is a special time and we all want to enjoy the Festive Season with family and friends without worrying about the safety and security of our homes.

As soon as we put our Christmas decorations on show and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away it’s as good as putting a notice outside our homes telling thieves and burglars that there are valuable goods and presents in the property.

Coupled with the fact that crime levels are proven to increase as the nights become longer there is no better time to consider increasing the security of your home.

1 Keep presents out of sight

Having presents displayed around the bottom of your Christmas Tree is a picture-perfect image which adds to the anticipation of the Festive Season. However, this display shows to potential burglars that your property is packed with gifts and could be worth further investigation for a break in.
Keep presents out of sight or ensure that they aren’t visible through windows and doors.

Research has also shown the concerning statistic that burglars will target properties more than once. The assumption is that items stolen during a first theft will be replaced before Christmas and these properties are then targeted again to take the replacement goods.

2 Beware of what you post on social media

Be careful of what you are putting on social media. Your Christmas presents may be hidden from the view of windows and doors but putting a picture of your presents, or Black Friday bargains online may attract unwanted attention.

You will also need to be careful of posting about Festive nights out, about going away or about the pile of presents you received on the day. These are all signs for potential burglars that your home is unattended and an easy target.

3 Make your home looked lived in…even if it isn’t

If you plan on leaving your home over the Festive Season, ensure that you have security measures in place to deter any potential thieves. Try to make your home look as ‘lived in’ as possible:

  • Have timers set for lights, radios and tv’s to come on and off
  • ask a neighbour to check on the property by ensuring that post is pushed through the letterbox or putting your bins out and back in for you
  • you could even ask someone to house sit for you.

4 Shred packaging or take it to a recycling centre

Burglars will not shy away from rummaging through your bins to get an indication as to what they mind find inside your property. Packaging from luxury goods or expensive technology can encourage burglars to want to get inside your property. Opt to disguise this packaging by shredding it, taking it to a recycling centre, or putting it deep inside other bags.

5 Invest in electronic security

CCTV and intruder alarms are proven to be effective in deterring criminals and keeping your home safe and it’s not too late to have these installed in time for the festive season. With systems that come with a mobile app you can see what is going on at home while you’re away and have the complete reassurance that everything is safe and secure. And, should the worst happen, you could have the valuable evidence required by the Police to gain a conviction.

We still have installation dates free before Christmas so we can provide you with the piece of mind you want to enjoy a stress free and secure festive season.


How can having CCTV in schools reduce bullying?

CCTV used in the education settings has been increasing rapidly over recent years. This sees the vast majority of schools now being fitted with CCTV. Although, whether that is solely focused on the school grounds or in corridors and classrooms differs. 

The reasons for the increase of CCTV in schools’ changes. It can be to protect the property, staff and students or to deter violence, harassment, and even terrorism. 

Whilst some people view this increase as a positive, recognising the benefits in making us feel protected and secure. Others see it as a negative, stating how it can remove our sense of privacy and acts as ‘big brother’ watching our every move.  

We understand that the problem of bullying is large and installing CCTV will not combat the issue as a whole. Although, we do acknowledge what CCTV can do to help.  

Being able to capture incidents which happen in corridors, playgrounds, and classrooms can provide potentially needed evidence. Also, this alone can change behaviour for better as people know they are being recorded. 

As result of installing CCTV, some schools have witnessed levels of bullying reduce.  

Doonside Technology High School in Sydney, Australia, installed CCTV into their school. After doing so, they witnessed a massive drop in bullying by 70%.  

This could be because the cameras being in place can deter students from bullying others. As knowing they are being watched puts them off the abusive actions. Alternatively, it helps to capture bullying if it does occur. 

It is not only with bullying that installing CCTV has been beneficial. Richmond River High School, also in Australia, has stated a reduction in theft since getting cameras.  

Although there are many legalities which need to be considered when putting CCTV into schools. Informing the Information’s Commissioner, having clear procedures of CCTV operation, and ensuring a designated data controller are just a few things to consider.  

We have the knowledge and expertise to fit CCTV to the correct legal requirements. Contact us for more information and a free, no obligation security audit and quote.  

What does ‘professional’ mean?

NSI NACOSS Gold Medal medium

We have noticed that many companies are calling themselves ‘professional’ or claim that they give a ‘professional’ service. That does beg the question: What does it mean to call yourself professional? 

The simple definition of the word means “relating to or belonging to a profession”. Therefore, the majority of those in the working world could state that they are professional, even when their actions prove that they are not. This isn’t reassuring when you are looking for a company to rely on to install security at your home or business premises, especially when you hear horror stories of installers who claim to be professional who show a bar full of people the images from a customer’s home camera system! 

We would rather use the information provided in a recent article published by Oxford Review, they stated that the three key features to someone being ‘professional’ are: ideals, ethics, and social aims and that there “will be a set of guiding principles and ethics which denote professional practice and the ideal of being a professional”.  

We acknowledge this, believing that the needs and expectations of customers or clients should be met to the highest standard possible. That’s why we are so proud of our staff and our qualifications. The highest accreditation possible for our industry is the National Security Inspectorate NACOSS Gold Award and requires our company, processes and staff to undergo rigorous checks from external auditors. When we had our audit we passed with flying colours, proving that our ideals, ethics and social aims make us the true definition of professional.    

Contact us now to discuss how we can provide our professional installation service to you. Call us on 024 7644 6960 or email us on info@ipssltd.co.uk 

National Home Security Month – October 2019

We are all concerned with the security of those things that we hold dear, from our family, pets, home and vehicles to our business premises. And, we all know that with the pressures of everyday life, security is often overlooked. Sometimes, its not until the worst happens that we finally get round to ensuring we do all we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again .

October is National Home Security Month and it has been organised to raise awareness of the importance of home security so you can be safe in the the knowledge that your home, family and belongings are protected. But all of the advice and guidance can easily be taken on by business owners looking to secure their premises, staff and stock.

The Month started with information on busting common myths about Security. Did you know that figures collated by the Co-op state that 28% of adults take no security precautions at home leaving their possessions and loved ones vulnerable. It’s important to take security seriously. The biggest myth in intrusion is thinking ‘burglary only happens to other people’.

This week concentrates on Beat the burglar which continues to be a serious problem across the UK. Fortunately, it has never been easier to fight back against the threat of intruders. It has been found that cameras located both indoors and outside are known to the the most effective deterrent against intrusion and thanks to advances in technology they’re great value. We are pleased to offer great systems that can meet all requirements, from residential properties to small. medium and large business. Systems start from just £499 with our professional NSI NACOSS Gold installation.

Keep an eye on our website for more information as we go through the rest of the month.

Contact us to come out and undertake a free, no obligation audit of your home or business property. Call the team on 024 7644 6960 or email info@ipssltd.co.uk.

Taking on a Warwick Summer Intern 2019 

I came to I P Security Systems Ltd as a Marketing Intern through Warwick Summer Internships. 

Prior to this, I P Security Systems’ internship description stood out to me on how detailed and in-depth it was. After attending my interview, I immediately knew that I would feel comfortable. On the first day and throughout my whole time here that did not change. Shaz, Pete and Andy have been extremely supportive, welcoming and even kept me on for the rest of summer following my internship ending.  

Within the first week, they sent me on a 2-day marketing course where I learnt many helpful skills which guided my time with them. From this, we made many changes. The main change being the company name from IPSS Systems Integrators to I P Security Systems. I have performed benchmarking, competitor analyses, and market research. Increased the website SEO, wrote marketing copy, created newsletters, blog posts, infographics, business cards, and other advertisements. I have also raised their social media presence and created a 12-month marketing calendar.  

On top of everything, one of the most fulfilling parts of my internship is seeing my marketing efforts bring in new business and raise awareness of I P Security Systems.  

I am extremely grateful for the skills I have learnt being part of I P Security Systems. They have massively added to my portfolio of experience and I have learnt many needed skills. 

I will always be grateful for this position, 

Mikayla Marriott-Smith  
Applied Linguistics student at Warwick University

5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Safe Whilst on Holiday

Install timers on your electrics 

Putting your lights, radios and even TV on a timer can give the illusion that your property hasn’t been left unattended. Be sure to alter the timers to vary when your appliances go on. If someone is watching the neighbourhood, they will notice a pattern of everything going on and off at the same time and get suspicious. Some timers can be altered using your smartphone.  

Beware of social media 

Capturing your holiday and putting it on social media is a great way to preserve memories and give your friends holiday envy. Although, this is a massive tell-tale sign that you have left your property unattended. Try saving the images and posting them when you are back home. 

Ensure everywhere is locked 

This may seem obvious but ensuring that all windows, doors, gates and outbuildings are locked will stop anyone entering your property without force. This can be enough to put some criminals off as it means they won’t have to leave evidence of their entry.  

Invest in electronic security  

There is evidence which shows that CCTV and house alarms act as a deterrent for burglars. Although you can’t do much if this happens whilst you are away, your alarm can sound and alert the police to come to the property and the CCTV can provide the needed evidence.  

Ask a neighbour to check on the house or hire a house sitter 

Asking someone to put the bins out or collect the mail from underneath the mailbox every couple of days can help to keep your property appearing a lived in as possible. Even asking a friend or family member to house sit for you can give the extra peace of mind that someone is there and looking after your home. 

Sponsor Updates!

We sponsor the local Coventry under 15’s football team, Athletic United. Gaz Hardwick, the Athletic United manager, let us know how well they have been getting on this season.

“Athletic United have been very fortunate to have I P Security Systems Ltd as our kit sponsor for the last 3 seasons. During this successful period, we have won the A league twice and the Bedworth Nursing Cup as well as the League Cup. With the continued sponsorship, we look as impressive on the pitch as we do results wise. Local businesses supporting local grassroots football, a perfect combination. Thank you IPSS!”
Gaz Hardwick, Athletic United

Being able to help young boys to continue on their football journey and keep active is what I P Security Systems strive to do and would recommend sponsoring a team to any other local business. Not only do I P Security Systems sponsor Athletic United, but we also sponsor the Coventry Sphinx first team!

Charity Walk total just in

On Saturday 30 March, IPSS worked in conjunction with Coventry Sphinx Football Club, Coventry Sphinx Sports and Social Club and Occasional Occasions venue dressing to host a Sponsored Charity Walk at the Sphinx Drive site. We have just had the last amount of sponsorship money submitted and we are pleased to confirm the grand amount of £1920 has been raised for this very worthwhile charity.

We would like to thank all of the people who took part and their very generous sponsors. Thanks also go to Joanne Bull of Occasional Occasions who provided the Afternoon Tea which was very well received by all of those who took part.

Miles for Money a huge success

This weekend, IPSS were pleased to work in partnership with a local football club to host a Charity Walk to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. A route of 0.5 miles was marked out around the site of Coventry Sphinx Football Club on Sphinx Drive and participants were invited to walk. jog or run around the route as many times as they liked and collect sponsorship for their efforts. All involved were then invited for afternoon tea in the clubhouse followed by a chance to watch the Coventry Sphinx First Team play.

Those attending the football game were given free entry in return for a contribution to the Charity. Attendees have been incredible generous and so far the collection on the day has already raised over £500. We are also due donations from sponsorship which should push the total raised to over £1000.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Charity please visit the JustGiving page here