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Blogs for August 2020

Thursday 6th August 2020

Increase in Rural Crime Strengthens Need for Security

In our previous post addressing Rural and Farming Security Challenges it was noted that rural crime has changed from opportunist theft of maybe a few tools to organised crime gangs specifically targeting high end farm machinery and livestock. The latest 2020 rural crime report from NFU Mutual acknowledges that we are living in challenging times for the countryside and the farming industry. The COVID-19 pandemic initially appeared to have driven a reduction in rural theft, but more recently there are signs that thieves have become more active and better organised.


Friday 14th August 2020

Great Customer Service Brings Business Success

Anniversaries and birthdays are important occasions for us all and here at Insight Security we are about to reach a very significant milestone. Our business was started by our managing director, Ivor Blatchford, way back in 1990 and in September the company reaches the ripe old age of 30 years. The success of Insight Security has been underpinned by one key business attribute and that’s the established Customer first ethos to provide practical, actionable and impartial advice to anyone needing it, totally free of charge. Always putting the customer first is a fundamental aspect of our business foundation and this approach has helped many thousands of customers successfully overcome their security and safety challenges. Our customers know that whenever they need help and advice all they need do is give us a call or drop us an email and they always get the best quality advice without being pushed to place an order.

Thursday 20th August 2020

Don’t Let Burglary Ruin Your Staycation

New research highlights how the uncertainty around COVID-19 alongside fears of becoming stranded abroad has led to the majority (83%) of British holidaymakers saying they would prefer to take their vacations in the UK. This change has driven a huge increase in staycations and the trend looks set to continue into 2021.

There is one guaranteed way that a family staycation will be ruined and that’s to receive a call from the police telling you that your home has been burgled. You will immediately need to return home to assess what’s missing and possibly any damage that may have been caused. We have previously provided some guidance on home security but it’s worth considering exactly how burglars identify and choose their targets so that you can take effective precautions before going on holiday and avoid becoming a staycation crime statistic.

Thursday 27th August 2020

Protect Your Property from Letterbox Arson

Reports from the UK National Fire Chiefs Council tell us that although since 2011/12 arson has reduced by 30% across England, Scotland and Wales there has been a worrying upward trend since 2014/15 resulting in an increase of 15%. Arson is defined by the Criminal Prosecution Service as criminal damage caused by fire. The offence of arson is committed when someone destroys or damages any property by fire or they intend to destroy or damage property by fire. Conviction for arson can potentially result in a custodial sentence of up to 8 years, or even higher in some cases.

There are over 200,000 recorded cases of arson throughout the UK every year. In most of these the biggest impact is financial, due to the criminal damage that’s caused. But the demand on our stretched Fire and Rescue Service is also very significant with limited resources being diverted away from other important activities. Luckily there are precautions that can be taken to deter and prevent some forms of arson attack.

Monday 31st August 2020

How to Remove One Way Screws

One way screws, irreversible screws or clutch head screws provide excellent security as they can’t easily be undone using regular tools. So how do you remove these screws when you need to?

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