Electrical & Fire Systems

How CCTV Installation Can Reduce The Risk Of Shoplifting

One of the biggest problems when you run a product based business is that you can’t be everywhere at once and neither can your staff.  Shoplifting has become a complex crime with small gangs distracting attendants while others steal items and many other tactics.  But there is a way to have eyes everywhere and reduce the risk of shoplifting – CCTV installation.

The statistics

According to the latest crime statistics from the government, the overall problem of theft in the wholesale and retail category has been in decline in recent years.  From over 19,700 incidents in 2012 to less than 13,500 in 2016, this encouraging trend shows how the industry is dealing with the problem.

However, while the number of cases has decreased, the cost to businesses has increased.  The average cost of shoplifting per victim has risen from £237 in 2012 to £500 in 2016.  And 40% of businesses report shoplifting to the police, a figure that hasn’t changed in the last four years.

Dealing with the problem

While staff vigilance and the use of tagging technology are important ways to make your business less appealing to shoplifters, one of the ultimate deterrents is the use of CCTV systems.  And if you do find that you have been a victim, the footage capture can help police and at least increase the chance that thieves are prosecuted.

Installing CCTV systems is something that should be done by commercial electricians.  The type of system required depends on the premises and the nature of the business.  A good CCTV installation company will create a bespoke system that suits your business’ needs and offers the best coverage.  Prominent cameras and signs advising that these cameras are in operation can also help act as deterrents.

While shoplifting is in decline, shoplifters are also becoming craftier and therefore businesses need to do the same to protect their merchandise and profits.

We offer CCTV installation and maintenance services and can be on hand to help when needed. Contact us or visit our website for more information on CCTV installation.

Top 7 Benefits To CCTV Installation For Your Business

When you are in business, there is a lot to do and  you can’t always be on hand to physically watch over your stock. Shoplifting is a problem for any type of business with products and even service based businesses can have concerns about people breaking into the premises to steal sensitive information.  While there is no way to guarantee the bad stuff won’t happen, the use of CCTV cameras can help – and that’s just one of the benefits of having CCTV installation.

Discourage theft

Top of the list of reasons to have a CCTV system in place is always to discourage theft.  With their visible presence and the use of signs warning of their operation, CCTV cameras have been known to put off many shoplifters because the risk is too great.  Combining visible and hidden cameras is another tactic that can discourage theft because they have no idea where all of the cameras are located.

Prosecute thieves

Should you be unfortunate enough to be one of the 40% of wholesale and retail businesses that report a shoplifting incident to the police, CCTV cameras can supply valuable information about the crime.  In fact, CCTV cameras are often the first place the police go to see what happened and are often instrumental in prosecuting thieves.  And the more people that are prosecuted for their crimes, the more others will be put off – your business will have a reputation as too high risk for them.

Monitor the premises

It would be nice to think that you can trust 100% of all your employees but occasionally there can be incidents.  The presence of CCTV cameras can help reduce the risk of these and also allow you some degree of monitoring.  You do need to see about where you can and can’t put CCTV cameras as working with commercial electricians is the best way to ensure you have them correctly located.

Learn about your customers

There is a growing range of products available that use the information from CCTV cameras and other devices to give information about your customers.  This isn’t intrusive or sensitive information but simple things like which areas of the shop they visit and which they don’t as well as general demographic information.  This is invaluable to learn more about your customers, what they do within the shop and what they don’t do.

Help with admin jobs

CCTV can even add extra benefits such as helping with admin jobs.  Someone forgot to clock on and can’t remember what time they started work?  You can check the camera at the entrance and this will show you when they came in.  The same applies to leaving work.

Better staff rotas

Planning staff rotas has always been something done on experience and gut instinct but using information from CCTV cameras through specialist software, you can have a more data based approach.  You can monitor when is the busiest times of the day and week and ensure your staff scheduling mirrors this making for more efficient use of staff and a better customer experience.

Works with other security

You can also easily set up a whole security network within the property that helps protect your business.  Combined with burglar alarms and security lighting, CCTV cameras can make the property much less likely to be targeted by thieves and vandals.  You can even receive a reduction in the cost of some types of insurance if you have the right kinds of protection in place.

TF Installations can offer CCTV installation and maintenance for your business, so you can make sure that you don’t miss a trick. For more information on this service, feel free to get in touch or visit our website.

LED Lighting Installation

Whether you are working in an office, or a factory, or have a home in need of upgrading to the latest in LED Lighting, then TF Installations are here to help guide you to the right LED Lighting Installation for your project.

LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting has a lot of advantages. LED lights last longer than ever before and are pretty much maintenance free. They are brighter, with a good even light distribution, and LED Lights are constructed in an eco-friendly way and are cost effective when it comes to energy usage too.

ECO Friendly LED Light Installation

On average, LED lights use about one fifth of the energy of traditionally strip lighting that is used in an office or factory environment. This substantially reduces not only an organisations electrical bill, but also their carbon footprint.

LED Lights are constructed without harmful metals such as mercury or lead and when they need to be replaced, they are also fully recyclable.

LED Lighting Installation Cost Benefits

LED lights, unlike traditional or strip lighting, emit only a small amount of heat, yet produce an excellent light source. Having traditional lighting in a small space can often mean also installing a costly air conditioning unit to reduce the heat. In addition to this, the actual running costs are one fifth of a traditional strip light, which really puts pounds back into pockets, especially in a larger space.

LED lighting is therefore more affordable than any other type of office lighting.

In addition to this, the lighting is more gentle on the eyes, which in turn reduces eye strain and headaches too. So not only are you saving money on your electricity and maintenance bills, but you are also improving the wellbeing of your employees.

Fluorescent lighting often flickers and glare, and the savings on your PAYE as a business may also be reduced if you change to LED Lighting in your workplace.

LED Light Lifetime

Did you know that an office LED light panel will last around 10 years, free of any maintenance!

The sturdy components are built to last, and can withstand many conditions such as shock, vibrations and even some impact.

For more information about LED Lighting Installations service, both commercial or domestic,  you can contact us or find out about all of our services, including Fire Alarm Installation and testing https://www.tfinstallations.co.uk/fire-alarm-installation-and-maintenance-services/

Landlords And Electrical Installation

Electrical Installation safety is important to ensure that landlords  keep their tenants safe, but also to avoid fines that may be incurred if equipment such as fuse boxes & light switches are found to be faulty or wired incorrectly as a result of the Landlord action (or non-action). This can result in fines, bans and even imprisonment.

Statistics tell us that 22 people died as a result of electrocution or fatal electric burns in 2010. In addition to this, there were 20,403 accidental electrical fires in homes, 48 deaths and 3,324 injuries. This is a staggering amount of injuries and deaths.

UK landlords must provide gas safety certificates, but the rules around electrical installation safety are different and for different parts of the UK too.

For example, electrical equipment must have a safety kitemark such as the CE logo that shows a product meets EU standards. Also, all Landlords (commercial or domestic) should only use a registered electrician.

Electrical Installation Regulations in Scotland

Landlords are obliged to keep a property safe and habitable by doing any repairs as and when required. This includes electrical items such as switches, light fittings or fuse boxes.

In Scotland, Landlords also have to provide Electrical Installation Certificates for any new fixtures or fittings that are put in and all landlords must have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) conducted every five years by a fully registered electrician. A copy of this report must be provided to tenants.

Electrical Installation Regulations in England and Wales

In England and Wales, the regulations differ a little. In Scotland they are a little more strict, and in reality we expect the laws to change at some point in England and Wales to catch up.

Landlords are required to provide electrical installation certificates to show new equipment is safe. However, unlike the Scottish regulations, there is no regulation for testing that these items remain safe. We would like to think that Landlords take the safety of their tenants seriously, and the laws in England and Wales assume the same.

For example, legislation such as the Landlord and Tenant Act mean that landlords should respond to the tenant regarding any requests for repairs.  A claim can be made under the Consumer Protection Act if a property is found to be unsafe.

A tenant can report concerns about electrical equipment to their local council, who would then send an enforcement officer to visit the property and make an order for any changes. This could lead to fines or bans, but also means that eviction of a tenant is more difficult if repairs are not kept up to date.

If you require more information on the electrical services you require, then please take a look here: https://www.tfinstallations.co.uk/fire-alarm-installation-and-maintenance-services/electrical-installation/

Electrical Installation Regulations in Northern Ireland

Electrical Installation safety regulations are very similar in Northern Ireland to England and Wales in that electrical equipment such as microwaves, lamps and televisions must be safe to use.

What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

An EICR is an inspection and test of equipment by a qualified electrician, who checks that electrical circuits are not overloaded and who will  identify any electric shock hazards or defective electrical work.

Any electrician who carries out these checks must be employed by a company that is a member of an accredited registration scheme.

For more information about Electrical Installations, both commercial or domestic,  you can contact us or find out about all of our services, including Fire Alarm Installation and testing https://www.tfinstallations.co.uk/fire-alarm-installation-and-maintenance-services/

 

CCTV Installation Helps Prevent Your Business And Your Employees Being A Target For Crime

Do I need CCTV Installation?

It is the responsibility of every business owner to protect their business and their employees from being targeted by criminals, which is how CCTV installation can help. If you install CCTV on your business premises this can deter a great deal of criminality. Furthermore, if your business or your employees are targeted by criminals, CCTV pictures of the incident can be used to identify and find those responsible.

Can I install CCTV myself?

Installing CCTV so that you get the best results possible is not always straight forward and it is easy to make mistakes. For this reason, we strongly recommend that your CCTV system is designed and installed by professional, experienced and knowledgeable CCTV installation experts.

Why do I need my CCTV system to be designed and installed by professional CCTV installation experts?

It is a sad fact that security systems that have been installed by non-professionals may be configured incorrectly, may not meet your needs and requirements and could even land you with a heavy fine. There are many considerations that you should take into account when developing a reliable CCTV system. These important considerations include:-

  • the equipment that you use must be of a suitable quality and standard. Furthermore, for best results, your CCTV system must be maintained regularly;
  • there are various technical, and often critical, considerations such as choice of lenses, camera positioning, picture resolutions and data storage options. Making the right choice of equipment is vital if you want the best results and if you wish to be able to use your video recording in a criminal investigation;
  • there are legislative requirements, around Data Protection, and it is possible that incorrectly installed or operated CCTV equipment may breach the Human Rights Act

For these reasons you should consider employing the services of professional CCTV system installation experts with a track record of success. They will be able to advise you on the most appropriate design and configuration for your CCTV system, taking into account the individual needs and requirements of your business premises. Contact us for more information on CCTV installation and how are services can help you.

Emergency Lighting Installation And Maintenance

As a business or as a landlord, you may think emergency lighting isn’t that important. Many people think ‘we’ll be fine we haven’t had an emergency in 20 years’. However, ideas like this could actually land you in jail as you must comply with the modern day health and safety rules as a business. Many businesses and landlords also make amendments to their building, such as adding an extra wall in or moving doors, and don’t consider the effect this could also have on the emergency lighting in your building. This is why emergency lighting installation and maintenance is a vital part of your building, for your employees or occupants safety in case of an emergency and also to comply within the rules of the law.

There are many simple risky mistakes that can be made regarding emergency lighting, such as:
• Allowing occupants or employees into the building before your emergency lighting has been fully charged – after a 3 hour testing regime.
• Failing to document a fire risk assessment which includes emergency lighting could also get you in trouble with the law.
• Once compliant emergency lights might no longer be under shifting regulations – maintenance and upkeep is key to sticking within the rules and regulations of emergency lighting.
• Failing to rearrange emergency lighting after refurbishments or furniture movements have been made that could disrupt the lighting.

The consequences of not abiding by these rules could be a large fine or a jail sentence, or BOTH. This may sound a little extensive for not following one of the rules but just imagine yourself in a situation where your fire alarm goes off at work and you start to make your way to the emergency exit, and then all of the lights go off, there is a power cut and you start to smell smoke and have no idea where you are going or how to get out. A mad panic! You would never want to be put in this situation so don’t let your employees or occupants get in this situation either, you can ensure all exits and corridors are fully lit and clear in case of an emergency.

This is why the rules and regulations regarding emergency lighting are so strict. Your emergency lighting has to be checked regularly, how often it should be checked and tested depends on what system you are using. Daily inspections apply only to systems with a single central backup battery or generator. A monthly inspection should be carried out on all emergency lighting to check all lights and signs are working properly, a written record should also be kept for this. Lastly, annual testing means once a year the emergency lighting system should undergo a test for the full duration as required under your building’s regulations, which can vary from one to three hours. A written record should be made of this investigation also and all emergency lighting should still be working by the end of the investigation.
Does this sound like too much to remember on top of all of your day to day responsibilities? Well why not call in the experts to do this for you and give you complete peace of mind. At TF Installations we can offer complete emergency lighting installation and maintenance, meaning not only can you be sure that your emergency lighting is fitted correctly and is compliant with the rules and regulations, but we can also offer a maintenance service to take away all of the worries of the risks mentioned previously. We are also up to date with the latest laws regarding emergency lighting and therefore everything can be left safely in our hands and you can ensure your employees and occupants full safety when it comes to emergency lighting. For more information on TF Installations and the other services we have on offer as well as emergency lighting installation and maintenance, feel free to get in touch.

Fire Alarm Installers: How Professionals Help Save Money

Can I install my fire alarm system myself or do I have to use Fire Alarm Installers?

If you are an individual (not a business) then in theory yes you can, depending on the level of protection you want. Most homes have the ceiling alarm systems that are run by battery which do not require professional wiring by a qualified electrician. However, if you are looking for something a little more complex, something that will ensure your loved ones are as safe as possible in the event of a fire, then you should look to employing a professional Fire Alarm Installer who will advise on the best system to suit you.

If you are a business, then your fire alarm system should be installed and maintained by a professional Fire Alarm company.

UK Law on Fire Detection Systems in Business Premises

In the UK, the law states that every business premises must have a fire detection system, see The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This law, which is fairly current compared with a lot of outdated laws, also states that a business fire detection system should comply with British Standard BS 5839. For most businesses this means employing a professional Fire Alarm Installation and Maintenance company.

It is important to note that a fire detection system does not always mean a Fire Alarm system, and TF Installations can help guide you find the most appropriate solution for your business, but the main points to note are that your business premises does not need to have a Fire Alarm system if all of the below criteria have been met:

  • Your premises are small and on one floor
  • You don’t use or store high risk substances and/or chemicals
  • You don’t have vulnerable occupants such as the elderly, the very young or disabled persons
  • You don’t use the premises for activities that are high risk, such as cooking
  • A fire would be easily spotted
  • A warning shout would be easily heard by all occupants

Straight away, having professional Fire Alarm Installers do a fire risk assessment with your business may very well save you money, and instead of a full fire detection system some smoke alarms, fire exit signs and internal fire doors may well be enough. Please do not hesitate to contact us for help with your fire risk assessment.

Larger business premises will need a higher grade of protection for life, and especially if your business is more high risk, or stores and/or uses chemicals and/or explosive or corrosive substances.

Fire Alarms are graded, from A to F with A being the highest grade of alarm required. Residential homes usually fall into the lower grade categories D, E and F whilst business premises usually require a higher grade system which will usually be hard wired into a central system and with a backup, failsafe power supply.  Again, using a professional company to help with your fire risk assessment could mean you are paying for less, by identifying what is essential for your property, meaning you are not paying for something you don’t need.

In addition to this, a professionally installed system can often be supported by a maintenance plan. These may be considered by your business insurance company too, which can often lead to a decrease in monthly or annual insurance fees.

A fire alarm system not only protects life, it may help your business save money too.

To find out more about our fire detection services and how we can help you, whether that be system design, installation or maintenance, please feel free to contact us.

In Winter It’s Time To Be Fire Savvy: Our Fire Alarm Installers Can Help

With winter fast approaching, you are more likely to be found adjusting your thermostat, using more electricity on average and even stoking up a roaring fire in your living room, this is where our fire alarm installers can come in!

With greater dependence on electrical and fire risk devices, systems and appliances, however, comes greater responsibility to be fully prepared. After all, heating systems, electrical appliances, Christmas decorations and open fires are among the most common culprits of house fires in the UK. The UK on average sees 500 fatalities a year from fire-related incidents; don’t be another number on that list.

It is an imperative that you, your home and your business are adequately prepared to prevent both the break out of a fire and its spreading. Containment and alertness are your principal means of preventing such a calamity.

Our fire detection fire alarm installers are a dependable means of isolating the fire risk, making sure that your household or business is up to a safe and fire avertable standard.

Smoke and fire alarms are the strongest asset you can have in preventing fatalities. Put simply, alarms save lives. We can help you fix up your space to be fully fire detectable, underscoring the variety of alarms needed, their uses and the number of alarms required to put that risk at bay.

Even if you believe you are fully prepared, it is estimated that some 30% of smoke alarms are actually at risk of failure, with missing or flat batteries in some cases and, even worse, disconnected batteries as a result of user negligence.

As you begin to rely more on electrical and gas fire devices for your winter warmth, it is all-important that you check, maintain and update your fire preparation devices and drill.

If you feel you need help in getting your business and household fire prepared, get in touch with us about our fire alarm installers.

Fire Alarm Companies: The Do’s And Don’ts Of Fire Safety

Post Grenfell Tower disaster, along with other fire alarm companies, we are giving information to multi-occupied residential landlords. We want to ensure that you have fully protected your property and tenants from the risk of fire.

Our last blog was very much about the laws and regulations, but what does that actually mean to you the landlord?

The document Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats is available to read.

Landlords have duties regarding fire safety and protection in their property and this is where fire alarm companies can help. This will mean more than a couple of Fire Extinguishers. It all depends upon the potential risk; different building uses hold different risks. For example, is your property solely residential, or does it have commercial use too?

For the common areas, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005). DSFRS would encourage all those with an interest in these types of premises to read the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) guidance to ensure you are aware of their responsibilities to carry out a fire risk assessment.

To make sure your property has adequate and appropriate fire safety you should consider:

  • All properties are fitted with smoke detectors that are regularly tested
  • All doors leading outside must be easily opened at all times in case of an emergency
  • Have regular electrical installation safety checks. Alarm systems and emergency lighting need to be maintained and logged by a competent engineer
  • Make sure ALL corridors and walkways are kept clear without clutter
  • Ask your local Fire and Rescue Service for advice and guidance on how to meet the Fire Safety Order requirements
  • Make sure all outdoor bin areas are tidy and free from combustible materials to limit risk or arson

To find out more about our fire detection services and how we can help you, whether that be system design, installation or maintenance, visit our website or contact us.

CCTV Installation For Extra Security

CCTVs are fast becoming an integral part of homes and small offices, thanks to the affordable prices and a simple CCTV installation process. They have proven quite effective not only in deterring likely security breaches but also identifying miscreants indulging in theft, assault and other anti-social activities. Surveillance systems are today mandatory in sensitive public locations and residences as well, especially in areas with high crime-rates. While it is very much possible for tech-savvy individuals to effortlessly assemble their own CCTV systems, opting for professional installation services definitely makes things easier.

CCTV Installation Options

CCTVs are more effective when bundled along with alarms, safety locks and lights. But just one CCTV camera connected to a monitor may prove equally effective.

Both wired and wireless installations are possible. Wired CCTV systems have physical cables linking the camera and monitor. They are simple, but demand some effort to install. Wireless systems, however, transmit images via the Internet to a monitor, laptop or even smartphone or tablet, making it easier to monitor home or office interiors or exteriors even when on the move. This, of course, is possible only when an Internet connection is available.

CCTV cameras with motion sensors, night vision and remote access help beef up the effectiveness of the security system. Digital cameras tend to be pricier than their analogue variants. The CCTV video footage/images are usually recorded/stored/backed up in a suitable format for further use at a later date.

CCTV installation options are aplenty from the simplest to the most comprehensive systems to address diverse requirements. It is necessary to research the available options and choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.

We, at TF Installations, offer quality CCTV installation services so that you can keep safe and watch things going on around you as well. Feel free to contact us to discuss your CCTV requirements.