Assured Fire and Security is an independent company established in 1998, providing fire and security solutions to businesses and organisations across the UK and overseas. Supplying and maintaining fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, CCTV, access control systems and intruder alarms, we aim to protect people and property with pride, professionalism and integrity.
Fire Safety should be a top priority when it comes to protecting your people and property. When the fire alarm sounds the last thing, you want is a property full of chaos and panicked people.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is a legal requirement to ensure the safe evacuation of all relevant persons who may be on your premises or in an area under your control. ‘Relevant persons’ can include staff, contractors, disabled persons and members of the public
Here is our quick guide to speed up your fire evacuation
As the weather heats up, the office gets hotter and the windows start to open, remember to consider your security as you attempt to cool off. Spring is underway and as we plan our holidays we hope you are able to stay cool.
We thought you’d enjoy a bit of fun, with our Spring Time Security Quiz! Find out the answers below and see whose knowledge reigns supreme around your office.
1. How Often Does a Break-In Occur?
A) Every 30 Seconds
B) Every 40 Seconds
C) Every 50 Seconds
2.What Percentage of Break-Ins Happen When The Premise is Unoccupied?
3. On Average, How Long Do Intruders Stay on Site?
A) 1-2 Minutes
B) 3-5 Minutes
C) 6-8 Minutes
4. What Are The Advantages of CCTV?
A) Link Your CCTV to Your Intruder Alarm
B) Use Smart Devices for Flexible Viewing
C) Install Different Cameras for Different Site Needs
D) All Of The Above
5. Shoplifting Accounts for What Percentage of All Crime in the Wholesale and Retail Sector?
6. Which of These are Types of Intruder Detection ?
A) Glassbreak Detectors
B) Door/Window Contacts
C) Motion Sensors
D) All Of The Above
7. The Securitas Depot Robbery Is Often Cited As The Most Expensive Robbery In The UK, How Much Was Stolen?
8. What Percentage Increase Are Ram-Raids Increasing By Each Year?
If you are concerned about break-ins at your business then call us now on 0845 402 3045 to discuss which security systems are best suited to your needs. Alternatively send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our advisers will be happy to help you.
Visit our security pages for more information on the types of security systems we can offer.
If you are responsible for a restaurant, there are specific areas of fire safety that you need to pay attention too. Kitchen appliances account for 25% of all fires in restaurants, cookers account for 23% and electrical distribution accounts for 17% of fires.
We want to help protect your premises with our 5 step guide to protecting your restaurant.
Your Fire Risk Assessment will identify your fire hazards on site and ensure you have the right level of protection in the correct areas. Having an up to date Fire Risk Assessment is compulsory by law and must be reviewed annually or whenever there is a significant change in the premises.
2. Clean Your Bin Areas
Rubbish can quickly spread a fire, restaurants often have flammable packaging which should be placed in an appropriate bin away from the building. These areas should be kept clean and checked for potential fire risks.
3. Test Your Electrical Appliances
Electrical appliances should be PAT tested, with sufficient records kept. Attention should also be paid to the wiring, check that there are no frayed or broken wires which could come into contact with flammable products or your people. For more information on Electrical Fire Safety, check out our blog here.
There’s little point in having all the correct equipment and extinguishers if your staff don’t know how to use them. Not having the correct training can cause a containable fire to become out of control, potentially endangering lives. It is recommended that 30% of staff are trained as a Fire Warden to take control during an emergency.
Springtime is officially underway with temperatures being recorded at nearly 25C. As the seasons change, it is important to check your buildings security.
Here is our quick guide to keep your premises secure this spring.
1. Check The Time on Your CCTV
Whilst clocks went forward in March, check that your CCTV has been updated. The time stamp must be accurate for legal use, videos could potentially be thrown out if they do not display the correct date and time or worse yet, no date or time at all.
2.Ensure Your CCV Brightness And Contrast Settings Have Been Adjusted
As the year progresses and the suns rays get brighter, it is important to remember to adjust the contrast settings on your recording equipment. Failure to do this may result in out of focus images and potential incidents going unnoticed.
3.Provide Clear Visibility For Your CCTV Cameras
Bushes, Flowers and Trees spring back into life when the weather warms up, this can provide an obstruction to your CCTV cameras. Check that you have clear visibility on your cameras.
4.Close Your Windows At The End Of The Day
As the weather warms up, it is only natural to open the windows and get some fresh air in the building. However, open windows allow intruders easy access to the site. While your building maybe monitored during the evening, theft during the day time is often increased due to open windows.
5.Securely Store Any Unused Equipment
As the year goes on, it is easy for your premises to become a storage ground for unused equipment. Ensure this is stored in a secure building and not on show. If an intruder can see an easy opportunity they are more likely to break onto your premises.
Are your surveillance systems up to date and in full working order? Arrange a free site survey to discuss your
A Ram-raid is an incident where a building is rammed by a vehicle in order to gain access. In the retail sector alone, the cost of Ram-raids equates to £8m per year. However, if your premise is glass fronted you could also be a target for Ram-raiders.
We want to help reduce your risks with our top 5 tips
1. Ensure valuable equipment is out of sight
When locking up your property, ensure that all your valuable goods are not visible. Till draws should be hidden, with all money locked away in a safe whilst ATM machines should be out of sight. We also recommend that any ATM signs outside the property are stored away.
2. Install Anti-Ram bollards to stop intruders driving into your premises
Anti-ram bpllards maybe costly to install, however, they are significantly cheaper than the cost of a burglary. Anti-Ram bollards block off the main access points onto your property, although it is important to check with your local authority for planning restrictions. Bollards should be in accordance with the secured by design document “Commercial Developments 2015v2”.
3.Ensure your security is up to date
Security devices such as CCTV and Intruder Alarms provide valuable evidence for the police, while also acting as a deterrent to would be intruders. Ensure your property is protected with up to date equipment, for example, 4K CCTV cameras to provide clear identification of intruders.
4.Install specialist equipment to further protect your property
There are a number of added security features that can further protect your property. SmokeCloak systems will quickly activate as soon as a break in is detected, while Sounders and Strobes will alert the public of a break in. The potential intruder will be forced to leave to avoid being detected and caught.
5.Maintain your equipment with a certified company
Having the right security equipment is only part of the solution, you should make sure your equipment is maintained by a certified company who complies with British Standards. Once you’ve invested in the security on site, you will want to ensure that the equipment is working and providing the appropriate benefits.
The FIA has announced technical updates to the BS 5266-1, Emergency Lighting to include “Safety Lighting” and “Dynamic Safety Signage Systems.”
What is it?
Safety Lighting is used to protect occupants who stay within a building during a supply failure. This ensures that the areas occupied are safe for the activities to be conducted as well as meeting Escape Lighting requirements.
How does it work?
Safety lighting is additional lighting to be used alongside escape lighting and Escape Route Lighting & Safety signs. Safety Lighting is used when a premises may not be evacuated during a supply failure. These systems should have automatic testing to ensure the duration can be verified.
What’s the changes?
Safety Lighting BS 5266-1 now gives guidance to assist the Fire Risk Assessor and Client to decide on the appropriate Safety Lighting needed if the building is to stay occupied during a supply failure, it also includes the suitable light levels, duration and controls to be used during the supply failure.
“Dynamic Safety Signage Systems”
What is it?
Dynamic safety signage systems use an input of the fire to direct occupants to the safest exit routes.
How does it work?
In these systems, the information is conveyed by an exit directional sign or route marker. This can be controlled to change the route information to direct occupants away from an exit that has become unusable.
Dynamic Safety Signage systems interact with fire alarm systems and building management systems to detect any routes that maybe obstructed. This could be either through fire hazards or other hazards.
What’s the changes?
At the start of the evacuation, routes can be selected either automatically or manually to direct occupants away from routes with hazards.
It is estimated that 80% of false alarms come from 10% of systems with False call outs costing the UK
£1 Billion a year!In London alone, the Fire Brigade is called to a false call out every 12 minutes.
Most fire alarm and detection systems don’t cause false alarms, but mismanagement of them does! We want to help you reduce your false activations.
Common Causes of False Alarms and How You Can Prevent Them!
Smoking Materials—To ensure people smoking on site doesn’t cause your alarm to activate, make sure you have a dedicated smoking area. This should be away from your building with the correct equipment to dispose of cigarettes.
Accidental / Malicious Damage to a “Break Glass” Point— Ensure you Callpoints are located in the right places and cant be easily knocked or damaged. Complete a visual check each week to ensure they have not been tampered with or accidently damaged.
Wrong Detection in the Wrong Areas— Installing detection in the wrong areas is a common cause of false alarms. Alarms can be activated by aerosols, dust, steam and cooking fumes and this should be considered when deciding which detection to use in which areas.
Inadequate Maintenance and Testing— A route inspection will ensure your system is compliant and working as it should be. Ensure you have your system maintained by a third party certified maintenance company to reduce false activations.
Ageing Systems and Components—Ageing equipment can be a cause of false alarms, due to the components starting to fail. The older your system is, the more unreliable it becomes. To prevent false alarms, replace your detection inline with the manufacturers recommendations.
On average, there are over 1600 deliberate fires, 50 Injuries and 2 deaths per week as a result of Arson attacks. The consequences of a fire, can be devastating on businesses, with the after-effects sometimes continuing for many months.
Ensuring your business is protected against the risk of fire, is of paramount importance to every business owner.
The following Top Ten Tips provides some useful guidelines in protecting your business against arson.
Top Ten Tips
1 – Be Alert!
School holidays are times of greatest activity for juvenile arsonists. Even greater precautions should be taken to protect businesses during school holidays. Check perimeter fences and enclosures for possible breaches.
2 – No Hiding Place
Deterrents to arsonists include good quality energy-efficient dusk to dawn lighting, which is vandal resistant. Avoid placing outdoor lighting at high levels, which can create dark shadows ideal for concealment. Roofs, entrance ways and porches should be assessed for ways of preventing casual access and to avoid providing hiding places for intruders.
3 – Keep Staff Informed
It’s vital to keep staff updated with fire safety routines and precautions. Regular information and training should be provided for all staff about fire safety measures in the workplace.
4 – Consult Your Staff
Getting your staff to continuously evaluate site safety is of great benefit. Encourage staff to identify potential problems and generate practical solutions that can achieve fire safety. They are the ones that are on-site every day and are best placed to spot potential hazards.
5 – Check Special Fire Risks
Some materials, such as rubber crumb, have been reported to have ignited spontaneously! Consult the product trade associations regularly for the materials your business handles to seek further guidance on the precautions to take.
6 – Organise Your Waste
Keeping your waste as organised as possible can reduce the possibility of fire. For example, keeping paper and card waste separate to combustible waste is obviously good sense. Waste should also be moved away from where it can be seen easily, and even locked away if possible, especially out of business hours.
7 – Permits to Hot Work
Poorly controlled hot work (welding, burning, etc.) can cause catastrophic fires. Where flammable materials are present, hot work should be risk assessed and effective measures put into place to reduce the risk of fire.
8 – Emergency Services Liaison
Build good lines of communication with your local Fire and Rescue Service to establish the most efficient means of liaison. In particular, the emergency services should be advised of all dangerous substances handled at your site.
9 – Regular Maintenance Routines
A schedule of regular maintenance is central to efficient fire safety routines. It is good practice that premises and any firefighting or detection equipment, emergency routes and exits are covered by a suitable system of maintenance. This ensures premises and equipment are in efficient working order and good repair.
10 – Develop an Emergency Plan
The findings of your Fire Risk Assessment will help you to develop your Emergency Plan for your business. This forms the basis of the information and training you need to provide to staff for maintenance and testing of the fire precautions.
And remember, think ahead – arson is a reality! By preparing a Disaster Recovery Plan, you can minimise potential losses and disruption resulting from a fire. Putting plans in place will pay dividends in the event of a serious fire.
We have put together our list of the top 10 biggest heists in the UK.
1.Securitas depot robbery, Tonbridge, Kent – £53.1M February, 21st 2006 saw Colin Dixon, the manager of Securitas depot and his family become the victims of the UK’s largest robbery totaling over £53m in cash.
Mr Dixon was approached by men posing as police officers before being kidnapped and told his family would be harmed if he did not cooperate. Within Two years, £21m was recovered and several members of the gang, convicted of the robbery.
2.Graff jeweller’s, London – £40M
August 6th, 2009 saw 2 men dressed in suits walk into a new Bond Street store and walk out with over 40 very expensive items after drawing handguns before repeatedly changing cars as a means of escape. The jewellry has yet to be recovered however, 4 people have since been arrested and charged with the heist.
3.Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Centre Robbery, London – £40M Valerio Viccei, an Italian who moved to London in 1986 had been in the country for around a year before leading a small gang into the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Centre.Guns were drawn and staff were subdued as soon as they entered the vault before a “closed” sign was put up in the window. The gang left with £40m however it is estimated that the real figure could be anything up to £60m.
4.Northern Bank Robbery, Belfast, Northern Ireland – £26.4M
On Sunday 19th December 2004, armed men disguised as police officers approached 2 staff members of Northern Bank at their homes. They were told to go into work as normal the following day and let the gang in after closing. The thieves left with £10m of uncirculated bank notes, a further £5.5m used Northern Bank notes, £4.5m circulated sterling notes from other banks amongst other currency.
5.Brinks Mat Robbery, Heathrow, England – £26M November, 26th 1983 saw a gang of robbers target a warehouse at Heathrow Airport expecting to find £3m in cash. However, when they got into the warehouse they found gold bullions worth £23m, an estimated £81m in today’s money. The majority of the gold bullions were never recovered but two men were convicted of the heist.
6.Graff jeweller’s, London – £23M
In 2003, Graff’s was targeted by a Serbian gang. The two men involved produced handguns and took 3 minutes to take the 47 items of jewellery. The following year saw 2 men charged with their involvements in the heist. Police later found a diamond ring hidden in a pot of face cream in one of the accuseds flat.
7.Hatton Garden, London – £14M
Safety deposit boxes were targeted during Easter 2015 by an elderly gang, with valuables worth around £14m stolen. A number of people have been arrested and charged since the raid, with the ages of the convicted thieves ranging from 58 to 78 years old. It is believed that £10m is still unaccounted for.
8.Midland Bank Clearing Centre, Salford, Manchester – £6.6M
£6.6m was stolen from a Securior cash delivery van, the driver was forced to let the gang into the van before the money was stolen and never recovered.
9.The Security Express Robbery, London – £6M
Easter Monday, 1983 saw Shoreditch Security Express depot broken into by a gang who made off with around £6m. Two brothers were arrested and charged with their involvement of the theft.
10.The Great Train Robbery – £2.6M
Arguably the most famous heist of the top 10, August 8th, 1963 saw Ronnie Biggs steal £2.6m in cash after holding up a train with a fake signal. The value of the theft would be the equivalent of £53m today. Most of the money was recovered during the following months however, Mr Biggs escaped and was in hiding until finally being tracked down in Brazil. Biggs was finally brought to justice after he voluntarily returned back to the UK.
Already in 2019, there have been numerous reports of theft across the UK.
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The SmokeCloak system is a proactive measure forcing intruders to leave your premises. SmokeCloak is currently securing thousands of properties within the UK from small retail shops, to large warehouses and even vehicles.
Here’s our reasons why you should install a SmokeCloak system today!
1. Stand-alone system – The SmokeCloak system is able to protect your premises without
2. Fast acting – Protect your area in 0.1 seconds of activation. Check how quick you could protect your business by using our calculator
3.Easy to install and maintain – There are a number of SmokeCloak products to suit all business budgets and premises sizes
4. Multiple activation points – Enhance your protection by linking to either your Intruder Alarm, CCTV and/or Panic Alarm buttons, providing you with multiple ways to activate your system
5. Protect specific high-value areas – You can protect specific areas of your business, leaving you with a piece of mind that your high-risk areas are secure
6. Police and Insurance approved
Still, need convincing check out our SmokeCloak leaflet here
It’s not worth the risk!
You could join a growing number of businesses proactively protecting their premises with a SmokeCloak by calling our friendly team on 0845 402 3045 or to find out more information.