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How Roller Barrier Prevents Damage from Free Runners

Thursday 1st October 2020

How Roller Barrier Prevents Damage from Free Runners

A recent, worrying story in the Brighton Argus newspaper has highlighted the dangers of Parkour or Free Running. The report focuses on video, shared from the TikTok social media platform, that shows a young man leaping from a 5 storey rooftop to an adjacent building. One of the shared videos presents the daredevil leap in slow motion, recorded from ground level, underneath the jumper. It is noted that a warning notice stating: “The action in this video could result in serious injury” has been presented along with one of the shared video clips.


How to Secure Your Home for Winter

Friday 25th September 2020

How to Secure Your Home for Winter

Having passed the autumn equinox this week (22nd of Sept.) our nights are now drawing in, becoming increasingly longer than our daytimes. It’s during the winter months that insurance claims tend to peak every year. One of the key reasons is that home burglary crimes tend to increase at this time of year as house-breakers, who like to work under the cover of darkness, have more time to pursue their criminal inclinations. So now is a good to time to establish the best home security precautions you possibly can to help ensure you don’t become a crime victim.


Working from Home and Asset Management

Friday 18th September 2020

Working from Home and Asset Management

Asset management and tracking can be challenging even for small businesses. But maintaining knowledge of business assets, what they are, where they are and what condition they are in is essential. Many people are now working from home using laptops and other physical IT assets, making the asset tracking challenge faced by IT departments and businesses even more demanding.


How Our Customers Use Their Tote Trays

Friday 11th September 2020

How Our Customers Use Their Tote Trays

Our versatile tote trays are familiar to many people from airport security checks where they are used to contain traveller’s personal belongings while undergoing security screening before embarcation. But there are now many more environments in which our wonderfully versatile tote trays are relied upon. Tote trays are often subjected to heavy-duty usage but our customers know they can rely on the quality of our products and our tote trays are built to withstand the rigours of frequent daily use.


Big Boy Ground Anchor Achieves Sold Secure Motorcycle Diamond

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Big Boy Ground Anchor Achieves Sold Secure Motorcycle Diamond

Insight Security is proud to announce that our Big Boy Motorcycle Ground Anchor has achieved the coveted and highly stringent Sold Secure Motorcycle Diamond certification, the highest possible motorcycle rating, making it a leader in the field of motorbike security. Designed and developed here at Insight Security, this is an exceptional achievement from the team who have used their combined experience and expertise to develop and refine the Big Boy ground anchor, enabling it to withstand the most arduous, destructive testing from the Sold Secure test laboratories.


How to Remove One Way Screws

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?


Protect Your Property from Letterbox Arson

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.


Don’t Let Burglary Ruin Your Staycation

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.


Increase in Rural Crime Strengthens Need for Security

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.

 


Improve Doorstep Security with Loxout

Wednesday 29th July 2020

Improve Doorstep Security with Loxout

Everybody has the right to feel safe and secure in their homes but unfortunately many households are not adequately protected. People are unaware that most burglaries take place during the daytime and in 3 out of 10 cases someone is at home when the burglary is carried out. Experiencing a home invasion from intruders, determined to find something of value, is extremely traumatic.

Distraction burglary, sometimes called ‘artifice burglary’, is a commonly used technique. It usually involves trickery and deception wherein a caller adopts a guise, possibly as a utility company employee, care worker, council employee, door to door sales person or even as a police officer. Criminals will often work in pairs enabling one to gain entry and steal things while the homeowner is distracted by the fake caller at the main door. It’s only when they notice that valuables are missing that they realise they have been burgled.

The days when burglars were after television sets and entertainment systems are long gone as the value of these once expensive electronic items has become relatively low. Today’s opportunist house thieves are looking for car keys and personal data. They are far more likely to grab laptop computers, mobile phones, bank cards, passports and personal identity information than attempt to steal a cumbersome, low value flat screen TV.


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