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Don’t be left in the dark

Oct 2017 Security Systems | Comments Off on Don’t be left in the dark
Don’t be left in the dark

As the long dark nights of winter stretch ahead, home and business owners will be focusing on keeping their properties protected. ESP sales director Neil Baldwin looks at some of the options installers should be considering

The longer winter nights may lead to an increase in the number of domestic burglaries and vehicle thefts as intruders use the dark of night to try and conceal their activity. With a recent report highlighting the biggest reported rise in crime in 10 years, there is certainly a mood for enhancing the security of homes and properties.

According to a report published by the Office for National Statistics in July – Crime Survey in England and Wales to year ending March 2017 – the total number of crimes reported to and recorded by the police rose by 10% between April 2016 and March 2017 to almost six million. During that period more than 650,000 domestic burglaries were reported and the number of vehicle-related thefts during the same period totalled 790,000.

For some home and business owners, it may be a case of starting from scratch with the provision of security, replacing old and corroded equipment, or upgrading to a more sophisticated and reliable system.

Security LED floodlight

For those customers with no external security measures in place to protect their properties, the installation of a simple camera and security floodlight system could be the answer to deterring unwanted intruders. There is a range of products available, such as a complete, all-in-one, energy-efficient LED PIR floodlight system, which is suitable not only for securing domestic properties but also for areas around offices and industrial or agricultural units.

These systems are easy to install – you simply fix it to the wall, connect to the mains power, set and pair the external unit to the monitor simply by pressing a button and it’s ready to go. Once switched on, they will detect an intruder, floodlight the area and wirelessly transmit a high resolution video recording directly to the internal monitor.

You can opt for a wire-free external area protection system, which will come with a monitor that features a simple user interface. Images are captured by wire-free CCTV cameras built into PIR-controlled security lighting units and digitally transmitted to a choice of indoor receivers with integral SD recording card and comprehensive user controls.

Activity can be continuously viewed and recorded or triggered automatically by on-screen movement, which can also provide an optional audio alert for occupants if required. Recorded encrypted images can be transferred to a PC or laptop for distribution using the bespoke software provided. The convenient location of the SD card within the receiver also makes for quick and easy access if image transfer is required.

Even where an existing security light might be in place, chances are that it is old, corroded and out of order. Yet, a fully functioning, replacement solution can be installed in 15 minutes and without the need for additional cabling. This is an easy solution for installers to sell to customers.

Where maximum installation flexibility and speed is required, where there is no available mains power, or simply where a more covert external area protection solution is required – such as discreet recording of anti-social behaviour – a battery powered system should be considered.

A stand-alone external surveillance system such as ESP’s CanCam HD provides high resolution capture of still or video camera recordings onto a removable SD card. Images can be continuous or automatically triggered by a built-in PIR with illumination provided by integral black infra-red LEDs.

Combined with a robust and fully weatherproof outer casing and powered by integral batteries, this provides a fully portable, stand-alone and instant deployment recording solution for a wide variety of applications such as sheds, garages and outbuildings. They also provide a solution for the general surveillance of property or livestock and monitoring of anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping.

CCTV options

Estimated to be worth in the region of £2.4bn, the UK security market continues to grow, fuelled by the continued development of technology that is driving replacement levels and allowing more sophisticated systems to be brought to market. CCTV accounts for the biggest slice of the security market, with a 50% share, and therefore represents a significant opportunity for expansion for installers, who will already possess the necessary skills to operate in this complementary and growing sector.

Developments in technology mean more sophisticated yet simple to install CCTV systems are being brought to the market. The retrofit market is a real opportunity for installers. Upgrading a customer’s older analogue CCTV system to HD will take just minutes because all the existing cabling can be utilised.

One of the traditional issues with CCTV systems has been poor image quality. It is estimated that 50% of cameras in privately-owned CCTV systems generate poor images – they’ve never been updated and for the police this presents a huge problem because they cannot be used in evidence to help get convictions.

With the latest technology, however, the challenge of poor image quality can be overcome. AHD (Analogue High Definition) technology is the newest solution for transmitting full 720P and 1080P HD digital video in a CCTV surveillance system. The core concept of AHD is to deliver high definition video using digital TV (DTV) transmission. AHD leverages the extremely robust AV transmission capability of DTV to easily and seamlessly upgrade an analogue CCTV surveillance system to digital full HD.

With the focus on smart solutions, wireless CCTV systems are becoming an increasingly popular choice and are a quick and easy solution to updating a customer’s security provision. There is a range of wire-free CCTV kits available, offering speed and ease of installation and operation, with remote monitoring possible via a smartphone or tablet, using the relevant app.

Insurance savings

When discussing options with customers, it’s worth mentioning that the level of security they opt for can impact on their insurance premiums. The higher the level of security a property owner has, the lower they can expect their home insurance premium to be.

Better security can help bring down the cost of home insurance premiums, and many insurance providers will give discounts depending on the security measures that are in place.