Beware Summer Party Poopers

photo_2025_20061011Burglary statistics provided by Yale state that domestic burglaries rise by 63% during the winter months, particularly January which is considered the peak time for opportunist thieves. While these findings carry evidential weight, this does not mean that people should now consider themselves secure from domestic crime.

Summer represents gleeful abandon, blistering sunshine and late nights of garden leisure but consider this – while you’re drinking wine outside in the evening glow, a burglar may be packing away the contents of your living room. The heat gives people an excuse to fling open windows and promote airflow but by doing so they are also offering extra points of entry to their property.

If you are planning on spending the evening in the garden (regardless of who may be joining you), take the time to close your ground floor windows; particularly at the front of the property. Keep your doors locked the same as you would any other time of year and don’t broadcast the fact that you are all gathering in the garden in an overt fashion.

photo_686_20051213If you have a particularly large garden area and simple gateway access from the front of the property, a burglar may see an opportunity to slip in unnoticed and then make their escape through the front door. Prestige Security Solutions have noticed a number of news stories popping up nationally which indicate that summer burglaries are no rarity, as a quick Google search will inform you.

Additionally, while it might seem safe to unplug those timer plugs from your lamps – maybe consider when you are and aren’t going to be home this summer. The days may be lasting longer but surely this means many people will be out enjoying the weather late into the evening…

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Fight Fraud, Choose Safe

fraudWhile it’s important to feel comfortable and safe in your own home, sometimes complacence can let us down. Those who appear to be offering us a safe alternative may actually be veiling a threat to your security, which is why it’s always important to investigate the legitimacy of those we let in our personal space. Of course friends and family don’t fall under this rule but employing the services of a business or sole trader means taking a methodical caution.

Prestige Security Solutions have built a strong reputation in the Leicester area and we invite you to leave your feedback on our Facebook and Twitter. By liberating customer feedback into a public space, companies like us can survive and strive on the kindness of your words. It’s true that word of mouth is still an imperative part of any burgeoning business but this is only elevated by the open spread of social media.

We are reiterating this stance of legitimacy in light of a North West news report stating numerous elderly residents had been targeted by a fraudulent individual pretending to be from a security service. This is morally abhorrent in more ways than one, not only does it breach the trust of most vulnerable but it also rouses suspicion towards people in our profession. It’s our vocation to provide the Leicester area with legitimate, secure solutions to their safety needs, NEVER to take advantage of them for financial gain or theft.

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Don’t give them the opportunity

thiefOfficial crime records in England and Wales are at their lowest for nearly two decades. At the same time the number of people in prison has soared to a new and expensive total of about 85,000 people in the UK. Some people might see these two facts as related but it is doubtful. One of the biggest reasons for diminishing crime records has been the simple fact that it is much harder to successfully break and enter into a vehicle built within the last decade because of the security features of modern vehicles. Another reason is surveillance cameras – the UK is the camera-snuck-in-places-you wouldn’t-believe centre of the developed world. Thieves look foolish when their full attempts at breaking and entering are shown on film. And yet another reason is secure doors, windows and adjoining garages.

Underlying all this there is another story and it is partly to do with where we have arrived now in terms of our possessions. There was a time when if you had a good garden spade stolen, or a wheelbarrow disappeared which you were accustomed to leaning against the side of your otherwise rather full garage, you would report the theft. But a lot of people do not report such thefts. Most people realise that from an insurance point of view it is not worth doing it (because they have an excess amount to pay on the claim of £100 or upwards) and from the point of view of catching the criminal it is not worth it, because they realise it is just opportunity crime, carried out on the spur of the moment normally. And some people feel they may be wasting police crime if the item stolen is a long-loved but reasonably old garden spade.

It is with this realisation that people turn increasingly to securing their own homes as best they can – and the weakest links in the home, where opportunistic intruders are concerned are the ground floor windows and the garage doors; that is, after they have readily unlocked the door to your well-stocked garden shed. At Prestige Secure Solutions, we are in business to make sure your homes are impregnable by all such means; we also make it very clear to people who might be interested that this is a secure house – it is not worth trying your luck on this premises. Which makes for happy and secure customers.

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CCTV in the home – too far?

Sir Bernard Hogan-HoweIn a controversial press release, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has urged families and business owners to begin installing CCTV at eye level inside their properties.  The reasoning for this somewhat extreme yet methodical move is to assist the police in identifying intruders.

The eye level positioning of your camera will allow the police to use facial recognition software by matching up your shots to images of criminals take during arrests. The chief noted that many people position their CCTV far too high and this is the biggest shortcoming in camera security. Facial recognition software is also said to have greatly improved in the last year.

There have been a lot of conflicted feelings about this with more liberal voices claiming that such measures are essentially turning the public into an extension of the police.  Prestige Security Solutions believe that CCTV is an effective and smart means of domestic security that offers an ideal deterrent outside your property. It shows you are conscious about security and at the right height can be very efficient at providing a clear shot of your intruder.

Understandably, not everyone will want to arm their homes to the teeth with surveillance technology. We are already surrounded by cameras in our computers, phones, tablets and game consoles but will one more hurt? Still, it’s a subjective issue and one we’re keen to hear your opinions on.

Are we getting closer to George Orwell’s fearsome vision in 1984 or is this a wise step in the right direction?

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Animal Hijinks – Woodpeckers, Weasels and Garage Doors

The team at Prestige Security Solutions have been rather taken aback by this unbelievable piece of amateur photography (click me to see image). It got us thinking about security and the threat of animals in a domestic environment. Before we discuss potential safety measures you can take to protect your garage from unwanted ‘visitors’, let’s lighten up and admire this photograph (thanks to the Leicester Mercury for reporting this!).

A man and his wife were apparently out walking in Hornchurch Country Park in East London when they both heard a rather piercing squawk from nearby. Mr Le-May who took the photo said he “feared the worst” but soon realised he was in the presence of a hitchhiking weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker. It’s quite honestly one of the most surreal images we’ve ever seen of UK wildlife and has rightly stirred a minor web phenomenon.

It’s quite baffling how the weasel managed to land so gracefully on the woodpeckers back in the first place, let alone maintain flight for some time afterward. His photography distracted the weasel and it soon landed safely, only to scurry off into the grass. Better yet, it wouldn’t be the internet without some irreverent photo editing taking advantage of the hilarious situation. As you can see below, somebody has planted Vladmir Putin taking a ride on its back… alongside a stormtrooper and Gandalf… while chasing the infamous bubble run girl.

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How effective are surveillance cameras?

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Useless or a necessary diversion?

There is little doubt that a burglar will tend to stay well clear of a property that has been fitted with good quality surveillance cameras in one or more locations where they out of reach and have a good range of visibility. But what about properties that are in neighbourhoods where there are – or where there appear to be – plenty of surveillance cameras about? If this is the case, can you relax and let the cameras do it all for you?

Apparently not seems to be the answer. It is true that the UK has become one of the most camera-rich societies in the world. Current estimates from the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) indicate that our streets bristle with somewhere between 4 and 5.9 million CCTV cameras. The trouble is, as the government’s surveillance camera commissioner has warned, of this very large amount too high a proportion are either antiquated or not working. Local councils have started to realise the problem and, for example, recently, when a West Midlands local authority conducted a review of its own estate of surveillance cameras and got rid of the ineffective ones, it was able to find a saving of £250,000. A handy sum.

There are various reasons for this degree of ineffectiveness including cameras that simply do not work, cameras that have disappeared under foliage and antiquated analogue equipment with very poor images – such that they would be fallible witnesses when it comes to identifying thieves. The situation has led to debate about the effectiveness of street surveillance. Currently, the Dyfed-Powys police, which covers more than half of Wales, might stop monitoring CCTV cameras following a review which has suggested that they have not deterred crime. In such circumstances, it is perhaps not surprising that there has been a rise in domestic and business surveillance cameras.

At Prestige Security Solutions we highly recommend making sure your house is secure at the first point of defence – which means making it impossible for thieves to enter through garages, doors and windows. If additional surveillance cameras would increase your comfort levels, it might be as well not to rely on local authority installations that happen to overlook your property – check they are working and fit for purpose first.

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Security Mutts

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Female Bullmastiff

OK, we admit it; the gang at Prestige Security Solutions are firmly in the dog camp. We’re a compassionate bunch who love the companionship and security only a dog can offer. If you’re feeling vulnerable and would like a breed that’ll return love with security then read on…

  • Bullmastiff

Don’t let the Bullmastiff’s boisterous appearance put you off; these are highly domesticated and loving creatures with a quiet, loyal temperament. This is a perfect balance of characteristics when protecting a family as they are very protective of their owners. Their large build and physicality is a perfect force against any unwanted threats or intruders.

  • Caucasian Shepherd Dog

These majestic dogs may appear to be fluffy on the outside but they are very proud, intelligent beings with a strong, muscular build. While they are best described as even tempered, we would not recommend them as a family dog if you have small children. They are very protective of their own territory and extremely suspicious of strangers. Domestic training is recommended as they can be rather savage in a threatening situation.

  • Rottweiler

rotterCommon enough in Britain to need little introduction, the Rottweiler was originally bred to assist farmers in protecting their cattle. They can be vicious and insolent but these traits are most certainly to your advantage in a security situation as Rottweiler’s are incredibly loyal creatures. They are smart, well behaved and adaptive – ideal for those with the time and love to give.

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

These gorgeous medium sized English dogs are very popular for their loyal attitude and cute muscular appearance. Like our other picks, they are intelligent dogs but carry a certain penchant for breeding – so watch out! They are very loving animals but will take no hesitation going buck wild in a protective situation. Ignore the bad press, the RSPCA have consistently defended the Staffie as a wonderfully affectionate animal – all you’ll need to do is care, train and love them and they’ll treat you back with equal respect.

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