It actually looks like the Summer might be here at last and I am sure many of you are preparing to go on holiday over the next couple of months.
Now, I don’t want to put a damper on your vacation plans but Burglar Bill and his chums love this time of year too; holidays = vacant properties for them to visit!
You want peace of mind while you are relaxing on the beach or around the pool so what can you do to ensure your home is safe? In this day and age, the answer is to invest in some top security tech.
• CCTV – there is no arguing that HD CCTV is a must for home security. For a start any burglar worth his salt won’t even look at a property if he knows they have CCTV in place. To this end, you may want to put up signs advertising the fact that you have a system. Here are some of the latest additional safety measures that you can take:
o Monitor your home from your smartphone. You can arm or disarm your system at the touch of a button.
Do you want HSTS for your website?
I thought not. What about better security, faster load times and increased SEO?
So you do, eh? Have a definition to start with:
HSTS – HTTP Strict Transport Security. This is a response header that tells your browser that it can only connect to a website using HTTPS. HSTS increases the speed and security of HTTPS websites.
Yes it’s true – Glevum handle the security at the White House.
That’s the White House that is the HQ of Severnside Software Ltd (SSL), not that big one over the pond. We have been pleased to provide security services for them for many years now and we seem to be doing something right.
Roger White, Managing Director of SSL, explains:
“Being a leading IT company physical security is absolutely critical for us and I also like to use local companies. We have used Glevum Security since the beginning of time to look after both business and residential premises and the service has been absolutely fantastic.
I have written before about the potential dangers and menace that can be caused by drones. Don’t get me wrong, though, as I have no beef with anyone who wants to fly their drone up on the common at the weekend.
However, I have every sympathy with the hundreds of would-be holiday makers left stranded at our airports recently due to drones flying near the runways. Incidentally, why were the authorities so unprepared for such an event when the danger has been apparent for months?
I expect you remember me telling you about my attempt to raise sponsorship for completing the Cycling Down Dementia Pioneer Challenge and cycling a total of 300 miles between 1st November and 31st January.
Well I am pleased to say that I hit my target and have so far raised a whopping £621.86 in donations!
Every £20 raised funds another hour of research by Alzheimer’s Research UK into this dreadful condition that affects so many families all across the UK.
I was staggered to learn that 1 in 6 people in the UK over the age of 80 have dementia.
That is currently 850,000 people. That figure is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025 and leap to 2 million by 2051. It is estimated that 225,000 people will develop dementia this year alone, which is one person every three minutes.
I am extremely proud to announce that Glevum has won the Corporate Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award at the national Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2018.
Over the last few years Steve Barnett, my joint MD, has been holding workshops every month for people with learning difficulties & disabilities. These workshops include topics aimed at sharpening their employability skills so that they will become ready for employment.
Topics include interview skills, how to complete an application form and supporting candidates with work opportunity opportunities. We feel that it is important for us to give something back to the local community.
Glevum was one of seven companies nominated for the award at a ceremony held on 21st November at the prestigious Hilton on Park Lane Hotel in London and hosted by actor James Nesbitt.
The National Star College at Cheltenham is rightly proud of the work it does with young people with disabilities, educating them and teaching them skills to help them interact and integrate with the local community.
Catherin Garland is one of their Job Mentors and her role is to find work placements for the students. Last year she was able to get Dean Angle a six month work placement at Glevum.
Dean is a 20 year old from Gloucestershire, a likeable lad who is keen to get into work. He liked the nature of the job and the company and found that he had an aptitude for security work so he was overjoyed when Glevum subsequently offered him a sponsored internship.
Did you know that if you have an audible intruder alarm fitted to your home you are required by law to lodge details of a nominated key holder with your local authority?
Many people these days have burglar alarms fitted to their homes that ring out if an intruder attempts to make entry. This is all well and good, of course, and the homeowner can simply deactivate the alarm once the incident has been sorted out.
What if the homeowner is not there though? The alarm may be accidentally tripped by an animal or bird and sound out at any time during the day or night causing untold agonies to nearby neighbours.
What you may not be aware of is the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
I am sure most of you are aware of phishing which is when you receive an email from what seems like a reputable source but is actually a hacker trying to get information. Typically, these fake emails can be spotted as they address you as “loyal customer” rather than by your name, are grammatically poor and almost always ask you to supply confidential details such as a password or account number.
Now there is a new subcategory of phishing known as “whaling” and, according to cyber security advisor Smarttech 247, the number of these attacks tripled throughout the last year.
Although similar in many ways to phishing, whaling specifically targets companies and businesses. Typically the whaler imitates or exploits the CEO’s email address and sends messages to senior management and staff. These usually take the form of an urgent request for sensitive or confidential information.
It is not everyone that needs on site security every day and I often have enquiries from people who want something less regular or even bespoke services.
One of our most popular is our Vacant Property Inspection Service. This is ideal for customers who require more flexible security arrangements combined with our usual reliability and professionalism.
It is often a requirement of insurance policies, for example, that vacant properties are regularly inspected. By using our Vacant Property Inspection Service you can save the inconvenience of travelling to the property yourself and gain the peace of mind that your property is safe and you have complied with your responsibilities.
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