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Job Vancancy Installation and Service Engineer

*** Job Vacancy ***

 We are looking for a Installation/service engineer to join our team
 Key Responsibility: To install and service but not limited to, fire detection, voice alarm, disabled refuge, CCTV, access control and intruder systems.
 Click www.barumfriendsecurityltd.co.uk/work-for-us.php to send us your details


Job Vancancy. We are looking for a Designer / Estimator to join our team

 Key Responsibility: To survey, design and cost life safety and electronic security systems.
 including, but not limited to, fire detection, voice alarm, disabled refuge, CCTV, access control and intruder systems.
 Click www.barumfriendsecurityltd.co.uk/work-for-us.php to send us your detailsWe are looking for a Designer/Estimator to join our team
Key Responsibility: To survey, design and cost life safety and electronic security systems.
including, but not limited to, fire detection, voice alarm, disabled refuge, CCTV, access control and intruder systems.
Click www.barumfriendsecurityltd.co.uk/work-for-us.php to send us your details Job Vancancy


Make sure your Christmas is a happy one!

 

Christmas is a busy time for us all here in North Devon, unfortunately the same is true for burglars. We live in a relatively safe area, but that can mean some of us can become a little complacent which is why we at Barum Friend Security Ltd would like to urge you to not make this Christmas a good one for criminals. 

Burglars know that December is a time when houses are bursting to the seams with presents and are often left empty for long periods of time. Being burgled is an unpleasant experience at the best of times, but it’s particularly horrible when it happens at Christmas time. Not only do you have to face the upset and trauma of being broken into, but it is harder and more expensive to call out lock fitters etc.

Fitting an intruder alarm is known to deter burglars and takes less time than you think. Barum Friend Security Ltd was recently called to premises that had unfortunately already been broken into. We installed an alarm system in less than 48 hours after we received the original call. It is that simple.

If you would like to talk to us about securing your home, then call now on 01271 342 560

 


The good news is that in recent years the number of burglaries in North Devon has gone down. However that doesn't mean they don't happen anymore, or that we should become complacent about security.

The good news is that in recent years the number of burglaries in North Devon has gone down.  However that doesn't mean they don't happen anymore, or that we should become complacent about security.

In August 2012, there were 12 burglaries in Barnstaple, six in Ilfracombe and four in Bideford. As anyone who has been a victim of burglary will tell you, it is a very distressing experience which can leave them feeling unsafe in their homes for years to come. The worry is that with the current recession and fewer police officers on the streets, burglaries could begin to rise again.

Many people install a burglar alarm only after they've been burgled. But the fact is burglars are opportunists who look for an easy target and the presence of a burglar alarm makes your property an less attractive proposition to a burglar.

 The Metropolitan Police advise that "Alarm systems are a worthwhile investment in the protection of your home and family.

"Studies reveal that it is far less likely that you will become the victim of a burglary at home if you have a correctly fitted and well maintained burglar alarm." (www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention/alarms.htm)

If you would like to talk about installing a burglar alarm, Barum Friend Security Ltd have twenty years' experience installing alarms in North Devon. Call us today on 01271 342 560.


Fire alert!

What do the following have in common: Bideford Hospital and a flat above a pub on Ilfracombe High Street?
They have all have a visit from the fire brigade in the last week to put out a fire.
Luckily they had working fire alarms and no-one was hurt. If you take a look at the statistics from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service you can see we have our fair share of fires here in North Devon, possibly because many businesses are housed in older properties which can be more susceptible to fire.
Fire is a company’s worst enemy. The disruption a fire can cause to a business is huge, not just in terms of potential loss of life or damaged buildings, but also in terms of data that can be lost and key business equipment destroyed.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.
The order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space. For that reason everyone should have a suitable fire detection and warning system.
But often people are too busy running their business to worry about something that may never happen…until it does.
We have over twenty years’ experience in North Devon of installing fire alarms, so call us today for an informal chat on 01271 342 560 or visit our website on www.barumfriendsecurityltd.co.uk


Who holds the key to your door?

Imagine this, a shop alarm goes off in Barnstaple town centre at 1.00am in the morning and the manageress, who is the key-holder, is called out to deal with it. The problem is, her husband is away on business and, although she is happy to attend on her own, she has two small children to look after. She can't leave them at home, so she has to take them with her, to a town centre call out in the middle of the night!

Either way you look at that, it's not ideal. In fact, relying on employees to attend alarm calls in potentially high risk situations is a breach of an employer's duty of care and many employers have serious concerns about the health and safety issues involved.

Are you happy for one of your employees to be called out in the middle of the night? Are you confident they're safe, especially when the police don't respond? Are their families happy for them to be gone for hours on end?

There are other implications too. Under new police guidelines, at least two key holders have to be available for 24-hour emergency response. They need to be familiar with the alarm system and able to get there with 20 minutes. That's a tall order for a lot of companies. And the police aren't necessarily going to help. If you have more than two false alarms in any one year, the police may withdraw their response altogether - leaving your premises potentially vulnerable.

So what's the answer? Many companies are turning increasingly to outside security firms such as Barum Friend Security Ltd to take over the responsibility of attending alarm call outs.

A reputable security firm will be able to guarantee a fast response to any call out, regardless of the time of day or night.

Key holding, as it is called, is not as expensive as you might imagine and many owners of premises are beginning to discover it is well worth it for peace of mind.

Let's be honest, employers have enough to worry about in this day and age without getting dragged out of bed in the middle of the night!


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