5 Tips on How to Choose the Best London Security Agency

London Security

With the escalating crime rate in and around the capital, having a top-notch London security can be very crucial. Although finding the best security agency in London isn’t as daunting as it used to be, you should still consider some things before hiring.

Security is a very sensitive aspect of our lives. Hence, it is crucial that when hiring a London Security agency, a trusted and experienced firm should be used.

Here are some tips to guide when choosing a security team.

1.     Training and Experience

Always make enquires about the training the team has received and their training methods. This will tell you how well they will perform. If the employees have received training from a reputable and professional organisation, then they will be able to handle security breaches professionally.

1.     Background Checks

Security guards can access any part of your home or office at any time of the day. Hence, it is necessary that you ask how well a London security company knows its workers. Ask them if they contract out services to other agencies. You should also ask if they do background checks on employees before hiring them.

2.     Assessment

A reputable London security agency won’t give you a quote without making a site assessment first. The security firm should be able to send in a representative to survey the area, your home or office before giving you a quote.

3.     References

A trusted London security agency should be able to provide you with the names and numbers of references. This will enable you to check their performance level in similar roles in the past. Also, go online and check their social media pages and reviews. Check how they respond to complaints from clients.

4.     Licensed

Any security agency in London must be authorised to operate by the Security Industry Agency. Their employees must also hold SIA badges. You can also check the validity of their SIA identities by using the SIA website.

We are one of the leading security agencies in London. Our services are trusted by thousands of clients who rely on us for top-notch protection. If you are interested in a bespoke and excellent security service, contact us for more discussion.

Summer Holidays Are Over: Is Your Home Safe While You’re at Work?

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Getting back into your normal routine after the summer can be difficult, but maintaining your home security should be top of the to-do list


Another summer gone, and now it’s time to get back to reality. Whether you’ve returned from a holiday in the sunshine and on sandy beaches, or have had a few weeks of well-earned rest with the family, it’s time to get back into your everyday routine.


If you’ve been off work this summer and spent a lot more time at home, then home security will have been less of a pressing issue. But now you’re back at work and the house is empty all day, you need to be a lot more vigilant about keeping it secure.


Windows and Doors


Locking windows and doors may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many times you’ve gone out and forgotten to lock a door or left a window ajar. During the summer where you’ve spent more time at home, it’s easier to slip out of your regular routine, and therefore become more laxed with daily security.


An unlocked door or open window in the summer is often useless to an intruder in the summer, because an occupied house is a major deterrent. But an empty house with an unlocked door or open window is basically a welcome mat to a burglar.


Neighbours are Great Lookouts


Although you’ll be at work all day and unable to keep an eye on things at home, your neighbours can be the ideal lookouts needed for peace of mind. It’s always worth getting to know the neighbours on a friendly level, as they can prove to be valuable in a time of need.


There’s no doubt they’ll want to keep their neighbourhood and home safe, and a significant step in doing so is by preventing crime on their front doorstep. Giving neighbours your contact details will be extremely handy if anything should happen at home, whether it’s criminal activity or other security concerns, such as a fire.


 Security Systems


It’s likely that you’ve embraced the advances in modern technology, whether it’s the smartphone you use, the tablet or laptop you own, or the massive TV you watch. Modern tech has also helped make our homes safer with a range of different security devices.


You don’t have to treat your home like Fort Knox, but having a few security measures in place will put your mind at ease. Alarm systems are ideal if your home will be empty throughout the day or evening, as an intruder will be greeted by a loud noise that will see them making a swift exit. Not only will it scare them off, but it will alert people in the area.


Another common and subtle security measure is motion detecting lights around the outside of the house. If someone is unable to get close enough to the house without being lit up, you take away their opportunity to cause any trouble without being detected.


Residential Security


Sometimes a situation may require a more hands-on approach, and to do so, you could enlist the help of a security company. Residential security not only provides you with the knowledge and experience of an industry professional, but they act as a strong deterrent for anyone planning on breaking in or vandalising your home.


Although security systems are extremely useful, residential security services not only protect your property in the event of security issues, but also prevent the whole ordeal in the first place.


The peace of mind residential security provides is second to none, especially if you have valuables of great worth or irreplaceable possessions in the house. Here at Close Circuit we strive to provide a service that not only keeps your home safe, but also our approachable and knowledgeable staff members are happy to advise you on any security concerns you may want to raise.


Your home is a place where you and your family should always feel safe, and if that changes for any reason, you need to have measures in place to feel secure. Going back to work after the summer can be strange as you’ll be spending less time at home, which means you’ll have to be more efficient with your home security. Taking the right steps to do so is a top priority.

If you want to know more about Close Circuit’s high-quality security services or want advice in regards to your own home security, give us a shout. Call: 0203 246 0094 | Email: office@closecircuit.co.uk


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5 Telltale Signs That You Need Residential Security

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Keeping your home or property safe is a top priority, so researching security companies to find the best fit for you is essential


For homeowners, the safety of their property is always a pressing concern. When it comes to your own home, you can never be too safe. These days with the advances in modern technology, there is a huge range of security companies and devices that will aid you in your quest to make your home impenetrable, but the experience and instincts of security personnel can’t be bought at a gadget shop.


So if you’re a homeowner and are on the fence about residential security, keep an eye out for these five signs that tell you it’s worth looking into.


1. Your Property is Especially Large


If you live on or own a property that’s exceptionally large, maintaining a high level of security over such a big area can be an exhausting task. The upkeep of security systems, as well as keeping a watchful eye on all areas, will maintain your residential security, but it wouldn’t give you much time to do anything else.


It’s for this reason that people who live on large properties seek the help of security companies like Close Circuit. With the experience and knowledge we have in the security sector, we know the best way to approach each location to suit any home’s security needs. We’ll give you peace of mind knowing that your home is safe.


2. The Property is Empty for Long Periods of Time


If your home or property is going to be empty for a while, whether it’s because you’ll be away from home or if your property is currently vacant, this can leave you in a vulnerable position.


If you’re a homeowner who will be away for work or other reasons, leaving your home for a long period can be quite stressful, especially if you’ll be in another country. Residential security is an ideal way to make sure your home stays the way you left it, and your belongings are where you left them.


For property owners and landlords, you may think that because there are no possessions of high value in the property, it makes it less of a security concern. The property itself is this person’s primary investment, so any damage done will need repairing, therefore taking it off the market and costing them in the process.


3. Crime in the Area


Crime in your local area can be a cause for concern, especially if it’s vandalism or break-ins. If your neighbourhood or surrounding area has suffered from these types of crimes, then it may be worth looking into residential security, at least until you feel that your home is no longer at risk.


It’s common for people to hear about situations such as break-ins and think it will never happen to them, but the reality is that you never know what can happen. By having residential security on the property you not only protect it in the event of vandalism or a break-in, but you also have a strong deterrent to prevent any wrongdoing in the first place.


4. Remote Locations


Certain properties are a bit out of the way, clear from the hustle and bustle of city life — which is a key selling point to some. The problem is that although it does give you an abundance of peace and quiet, it also leaves you vulnerable if you encounter any security issues.


A location that’s a bit more remote will, therefore, be further away for the police to attend to situations such as a burglary, which the perpetrators will be well aware of. These types of properties tend to be accessible from different areas, so keeping a watchful eye over all entry points can be a tiresome task.


Residential security is the perfect way to give you peace of mind, knowing that you can enjoy your day-to-day life as remotely as you like, without having to be plagued by security concerns.


5. Valuables or Irreplaceable Objects


At home, you may have possessions that are extremely expensive or items that, for one reason or another, are irreplaceable. So to see possessions damaged or taken away from you would be awful. There’s no doubt that security devices are an essential these days and should be taken advantage of, but the benefits of contacting security companies and getting security personnel on the property can’t be ignored.


The watchful eye of residential security, as well as the deterrent their presence provides, is an efficient way to maintain the safety of your home and all the valuables it contains.


Residential security is a perfect example of how physical security is still very practical and necessary. There’s no doubt that technology has made leaps and bounds to improve safety, but having professionals on the premises can provide you with a service that technology can’t. Our high-qualified, supremely knowledgeable security professionals provide an unrivalled service. With an abundance of experience in the security industry they not only make your home safe while you’re away, but can advise you on how to make it safer when you are.

If you want to find out more about Close Circuit’s exceptional residential security services, or have any questions about our other high-quality security services, don’t hesitate to get in contact. Phone: 0203 246 0094 | Email: office@closecircuit.co.uk


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Home Alone: Making Sure You’re Safe as Possible

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People tend to feel most safe when they’re at home, but being alone, even in your own home, can leave you more vulnerable than you would think.


When you’re at home, you have a sense of security and peace of mind knowing that any harm or wrongdoing that could come your way is outside of your four walls. And a major step in making sure that your safety is maintained, is the personal security measures you carry out on a daily basis.


There’s no doubt that being at home is a lot safer than being outdoors, but that isn’t to say that being at home, especially while you’re alone, is risk-free. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re as safe as possible while at home alone. And although it’s a good idea to improve your knowledge of personal security, unfortunately, this list doesn’t include any Home Alone-style booby traps.


Lock Your Doors

This may sound like the most obvious home security advice ever, but locking your doors (and windows) is really, really easy to forget. A locked door is the difference between a trouble-free night’s sleep and a burglar who can’t believe their luck.


Locking your doors behind you once inside may seem like an unnecessary measure, especially during the daytime, but doing so will protect you from any burglars trying their luck with an unlocked door. You should also be locking any windows that are on the ground floor or that could easily be accessed.


Get to Know the Neighbours


Getting to know your neighbours may not be at the top of your to-do list, or on it at all, but doing so will provide you with another set of eyes and ears if any safety issues should occur.


This doesn’t mean you have to invite them over for a dinner party or set up a neighbourhood watch meeting (complete with badges and whistles). But a simple introduction will give you the peace of mind knowing that there’s someone next door who’s aware of you being home alone and who will be available in time of need.


The emergency services or security firms will obviously be your go-to solution for any security concerns, but having neighbours who share your concerns and act accordingly will help to maintain a safer community.


Put a Spare Key Somewhere Smart

There are various reasons why you need a spare key somewhere safe and accessible. An example being if you’ve had an accident or medical emergency at home and someone needs to get inside to help you. In this circumstance, it’s a good idea to leave a spare key with a family member or neighbour.


Leaving a key with a neighbour is also an ideal solution if you’ve lost your key. It’s much better than opting for the “fake rock” key holder or hiding it under the doormat. Both well-known methods leave your key vulnerable to being found by an intruder, instantly giving them access to your home.


Alarm Systems & Security Companies


If you live in an area that has previously had break-ins or damage to homes, then it may be worth getting an alarm system installed. The alarm not only alerts you any intruders or damage to your home but it also acts as a major deterrent for anyone attempting to gain entry.


A deterrent is of particular importance for anyone who’s home alone as it helps to prevent any situation where you are confronted by intruders. And in the worst case scenario where an intruder does manage to get inside, an alarm not only alerts you to their presence, but it also gives emergency services or a security company time and awareness for appropriate action.


Motion Detecting Outdoor Lights


Motion detecting lights are perfect for the outside of your home if the area isn’t lit up especially well. Although the main culprit they tend to illuminate is the occasional wandering cat, in instances where someone is trying to damage or gain access to your home, the intruder will be lit up before they can get close enough to do so. Not only will it alert you to their presence, but it also acts as a deterrent.


“Motion detecting” may sound like a high tech expensive gadget, yet this type of light is now very common and therefore available for reasonable prices.


For some people being home alone is an everyday occurrence where they have no concerns for their safety while doing so. For others, it can to be the situation in which they feel most vulnerable. No matter how comfortable and secure you feel while home alone, it’s vital to make sure you’re taking the right steps to ensure your own safety. The tips above are simple yet effective ways to improve the overall safety of your home, especially when you’re on you own.


Here at Close Circuit, we have an experienced and knowledgeable team. If you want to know more about the high-quality security services we offer, or if you want some advice about any security concerns, then don’t hesitate to contact us via 0203 246 0094 or email: office@closecircuit.co.uk


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