Protect Your Home this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and thoughts are turning to dark and cosy evenings. Sadly, it is this time of year that our houses become more vulnerable to burglars.

Research from security product retailer, Safe, has revealed that 70% of the nation know someone who has been burgled. In addition, half of these people have been burgled themselves.

National statistics show that 188,792 domestic burglaries took place in England alone between July 2014 and June 2015*, yet in some regions as few as 12% of people secure their home with a burglar alarm.

The research revealed women to be significantly more safety conscious than men as they are twice as likely to forget to set the burglar alarm.  Less than a quarter of men said they hold off putting gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve to detract potential burglars, in comparison to 36% of women.

Britain has developed bad habits when it comes to protecting homes and possessions:

  • A third of people have left windows open
  • 28% have forgotten to lock the back door (35 – 44 year olds are the worst offenders)
  • Almost 10% have left the back door wide open (over 55s are most cautious at only 5%)
  • 6% had left a key under the doormat or in a ‘safe place’ (an easy win for burglars)

Ensure your home is safe from burglars this Christmas by locking all doors and windows when you leave your home and always make sure you set the alarm.

If you don’t have an alarm, contact us today to book a free, no obligation survey.

You can view Safe’s infographic below

Safe Infographic Winter

*According to the Office for National Statistics

IFSEC 2014 Awards

CIA’s Apprentices at Security Excellence Awards

On Thursday 27th November 2014, apprentices from Gloucestershire-based Fire and Security companies CIA and Micro-Vision managed to fend off hundreds of competitors to come second in the Engineers of Tomorrow, at IFSEC’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2014.

The challenge pits industry apprentices against each other with a standards-based exam followed by a 90 minute practical installation exercise.

Josh Griggs-Burton of CIA and Dan Winearls of Micro-Vision, won their heat on the day but had an agonising six month wait until they found out how they fared overall.

The awards, hosted at Hilton Park Lane, were attended by over a thousand prominent industry leaders.

Colin Harrison, Managing Director of CIA Fire and Security Group, said, “We are incredibly proud of what Dan and Josh have achieved and they follow in a long line of successful apprentices at CIA. We are especially pleased with this year’s result as it is the first time since CIA purchased Micro-Vision that we have been able to show our skills as a team.”

Apprenticeships form a large part in the success of CIA and give young people the opportunity to gain a career whilst earning money at the same time. Over the last couple of years the company has expanded this programme to include Business Administration Apprentices.

CIA Fire and Security Ltd is a leading, security specialist based in the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester. The company prides itself on its ability to design, install and maintain quality, fit for purpose security and fire protection solutions for domestic and commercial customers.

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boat trip

Boat Trip sponsored by Texecom

On Thursday 2nd October 2014, one of our engineers, Ian, and one of our business managers, Jono, attended a boat trip and fishing day off the South Coast.

The day was organised by one of our principle suppliers and kindly sponsored by Texecom. Texecom is a Halma Company. Halma makes products for hazard detection and life protection and is a market leader in specialist electronic, safety and environmental technologies.

Also invited were several other installers and manufacturers.

The day was blessed with sun and light winds which produced some stunning views

By the end of the day everyone on board had caught at least one fish, with Ian catching a large plaice which was crowned ‘Fish of the day.’