Chris Lewis Fire & Security shortlisted in three categories
Now in their 19th year, the annual Security and Fire Excellence Awards recognise the very best in the security industry. Chris Lewis Fire & Security has enjoyed repeated success both as finalists and winners over the years, including twice in the Best IT category and once as Security Installer of the Year. We are pleased to learn that we have made the finals once again this year.
Last year the company was nominated in two categories – Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year and Project of the Year.
Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017
This year Chris Lewis Fire & Security has reached the finals in three categories:
- Medium Security Installer of the Year
- Customer Service Initiative of the Year with Getting Serious about Customer Service
- Training Initiative of the Year with Core Values Training
More than every before this result has been a really team effort, with staff members at all levels providing useful information and details which enables us to put together strong entries.
The Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 received a record number of high quality entries again this year. On hearing the news of the nominations Chris Lewis, CEO, commented, “This is a great results and I’m delighted that we have once again been recognised by the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. This year we have invested heavily in training and customer services, so we can be a stronger, smarter and more cohesive team.”
The winners of the 2017 Security & Fire Excellence Awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 22rd November 2017. The event will be a celebration of all those who work hard to innovate within the fire and security sector.
About Chris Lewis Fire & Security
Chris Lewis Fire & Security is a leader in innovative fire and security solutions. We are recognised as the leading provider of fire and security installations for domestic and commercial premises in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas and specialise in bespoke fire and security.
We pride ourselves on delivering systems that are unique to each customer’s specific requirements, exceeding customers’ expectations and delivering the highest quality of service.
If you have a project that needs a higher standard of fire or security protection, get in touch today
Increase the safety of your business, clients and staff in the real world
Today we are often told that we live in a digital world and with that comes the increasing risk of online crime. Clearly, cyber security is a threat and one should be taken extremely seriously. However, it would be a mistake to do so at the expense of physical security. Our life isn’t just online, we live in the real world and criminals pose just a threat to our physical property and they do to our digital assets.
Hopefully you have passwords and anti-virus software and firewalls to keep all your digital details secure, but how safe are your buildings, assets and paper documents? By protecting your business in the real world, as well as against cyber criminals, you can keep all aspects of your business and life more secure.
Benefit from better security
The correct layers of security won’t just make your business more secure, it will also enhance the legitimacy of your enterprise. Your staff and clients will see the efforts you go to keep them safe and will value it. What’s more, a company that invests in security is saying to the world that you take your business, staff and clients seriously and want to protect them.
How secure is your business?
Could anyone just walk in off the street and enter your business? If so, how far would they get without being stopped or questioned? If an unwanted visitor did enter your building and commit a crime, would you be able to discover the identity of that person? Would you be able to present any evidence to the police?
The most secure buildings have a security system which is made up of layer upon layer of different measures that work together to make sure all aspects of the business are protected.
- Perimeter security
One of the best ways to keep your business secure is to make sure criminals can’t even get near the building. Perimeter security includes barriers, bollards, road blocks and security gates. As well as being a strong deterrent, perimeter security enables you to protect your whole site not just your building.
When combined with an intruder alert solution, such as a perimeter intruder detection system (PIDS), it is a robust way to prevent and detect unwanted access to your site.
Another strong deterrent against crime, CCTV can prevent crime as well as record criminal actions. Modern HD CCTV can be wired or wireless and is far easier to monitor, record and store than ever before as management is enhanced from home or anywhere in the world via phone pc or tablet. To take it a step further, CCTV Analytics can be employed. This can include technologies such as license plate recognition (LPNR) and even facial recognition – to alert you of specific unwanted individuals. Your CCTV should be installed by an expert, a good security surveyor will know the best places to locate cameras for optimum coverage and protection.
- Access Control
You should be able to control who can gain entry to your premises, and once inside, regulate accessibility to parts of your business. When a commercial premise has multiple employees and customers who need freedom of movement, it is time to think past a lock and key solution.
Video intercoms are a useful way to see, as well as hear, who wishes to enter your property. Access control tags can also be used – and it is a good idea to make sure employees’ and visitors’ entry only allow them access to the areas that they need to be in. Photo ID cards are also a good way to quickly check a person is permitted on site. Of course, IDs and swipe cards can be lost or stolen, for higher level access control, biometric or fingerprint recognition gives enhanced entry security.
- Talk to your team about security
Employees need to understand the importance of security so you can work together to protect your assets and each other. Devise a clear set of easy to follow security procedures and communicate the policies to all staff.
Warn your team about common methods of breaching security, such as tailgating (people following legitimate entry). Everyone should be aware and reminded to stay observant, this way staff can make sure they don’t allow an unauthorised visitor into a restricted area or have their pass code observed by a bystander.
- Practice what you preach
Set a good example of best practice security. Make sure any access codes you have are changed regularly and don’t forget to change or remove them when a member of staff leaves your employment. If you’ve invested time and money in security – don’t forget to keep your systems maintained. Most security systems work best when checked and serviced regularly.
And finally, make sure you close the windows and remember to turn on your intruder alarm when you leave the building!
About Chris Lewis Fire and Security
Chris Lewis Fire and Security is an experienced and award-winning company with a team skilled in designing and installing fire and security systems for commercial offices, retailers and licensed premises. We cover anything from access control gates to CCTV systems, and everything in-between. Why not call us now and get your free security audit.
Talk to us about an integrated fire and security system
To find out more about how to protect your business, upgrade your system or maintain it, get in touch or call us on 01865 782 444.
Smart alarms and smart CCTV security solutions that make it easier than ever to monitor your property
Smart alarms are a new generation of intruder, motion, door contact and CCTV devices that enable you to keep a close eye on what is going on in your home. These systems can be either wired or wireless.
What makes them really special is their secure cloud server and the fact that you can control your smart alarm from where ever you are in the world. These systems communicate with a secure app on your tablet or smart phone – so you can easily view and be notified of activity at your property.
Key features of a smart alarm:
- Easy to monitor on an app
- Store data on a secure cloud based server
- Can be wireless or wired
- Can send you email notifications when activity is detected
Smart alarms and smart phones
There are many advantages of being able to monitor and control your security system from anywhere.
Imagine, you’ve have a regular cleaner, gardener or neighbour visit your property. Perhaps they forgot the alarm code – not a problem, you can de-activate your system via the app and re-activate it remotely once they leave the building. Furthermore, if there is a certain area of the house they you do not allow access to, you can set up an alert to let you know if a room, or even a drawer, has been opened.
And this system also works in parallel with smart CCTV. So, if there is unusual activity in a room, you can be notified and can instantly view the CCTV footage to see if it is your neighbour feeding your cat or an unwanted intruder. We install top brands such as Hikvision and Texecom.
You can also monitor the fire protection and CO2 levels at your property and be warned of any smoke or high carbon monoxide at your property.
Holiday peace of mind
One of the best benefits of this comes when you are away from home for a longer period of time. Knowing you can quickly check that everything is secure, by taking a quick look at your phone, gives you so much peace of mind. So, if you are relaxing on the beach and suddenly fear you’ve left a window open- you can just grab your smart phone, find out and relax again.
Total home integration
Chris Lewis Fire and Security works closely with our sister company Chris Lewis Smart Home. Between us we have a vast smart tech knowledge base and years of experience. You can benefit from all this expertise by having all your security, fire and smart home technology fully integrated – so you can monitor, control and adjust everything – from intelligent lighting to your driveway gates. Its total and easy control, all at the touch of a button.
Talk to us about an integrated fire and security system
To find out more about smart alarms, integrate your fire, intruder, CCTV or access control system, to take over the maintenance of your existing system, or just to get some friendly advice from a qualified installer, get in touch or call us on 01865 782 444.
As the City of Oxford expands – both new and older properties are seeking better security measures
The number of new builds and redevelopments taking place in Oxford City and North Oxford is growing, and our local population is on the increase. Along with the disruption of building works comes the desire to make sure your property is safe – whether you’re planning to move into a new home or want to secure your existing one.
Redevelopment and change
In recent months we have seen a rise in the number of enquires from home owners and developers in Oxford, especially from high-net-worth individuals – keen to make sure their home is protected using the expertise of a company robust enough to cope with high attention to detail. As Oxford’s largest independent security company, our team offers customer service, project management, and dedicated technical support 24 hours a day. We have been designing security installations for new builds, refurbishments and homes that have seen their neighbourhood change.
For those who have already experienced the threat of crime, such as vandalism or a break-in, making sure it never happens again is vital. We often find that clients come to us after a crime has taken place. However, taking measures to protect yourself before an incident occurs will give you peace of mind and long-term protection, as well as safeguarding against the stress and damage that can be caused by crime.
We are also often approached to repair and upgrade existing security systems. Many new customers also come to us for a maintenance package, often switching from another provider. Our years of experience means we are used to dealing with a wide range of alarms and systems.
What can you do to keep you home safe?
CCTV is not only a great deterrent, it also helps in the event of a crime to gather vital evidence. Furthermore, by installing CCTV you are not only helping safeguard you own property, but it can also protect your local community by capturing images of your street. Another benefit of modern CCTV systems is how easy they are to monitor, with apps that can be installed on your smart phone or tablet you can check your cameras from wherever you are – home or abroad.
We offer a wide range of intruder alarm systems and pride ourselves on designing an installation around your exact requirements. We work with you to help you get a system that works with your property and your individual needs.
Gates and access
With larger properties, keeping unwanted visitors away from your home is very important. Automatic gates, perimeter security and keypads can help make sure your driveway, outbuildings and land is secure. Controlled via smart phone and notification technology.
Our sister company Chris Lewis Smart Home offers automated solutions that not only make your home smarter, they can also make it more secure. We offer integrated heating, lighting, audio-visual and security systems, that provide a platform you can control at the touch of a button. With it you can take control of every room of you house, with ease.
Talk to us
We are here to help and always put our customers first. Get in touch or call 01865 782444, talk to one of our specialist consultants about what you need and let us help you have a safer home in 2017.
What you need to know to keep your organisation safe and secure this season
The festive period can be a profitable time of year for many businesses, but it often means a break from work too. If you want to relax over winter, take our advice and follow these tips to protecting your premises.
Erode the cover of darkness
Dark winter nights can provide burglars with perfect cover to scope your premises. Install security lighting around your building to prevent intruders from going unnoticed to passers-by or use motion-activated lighting to deter trespassers. Consider integrating CCTV cameras to your security system so you can record surveillance footage if activity is detected around your property’s perimeter or your intruder alarm is activated.
Tag your assets
For a burglar, an office, school or warehouse left empty for any length of time is an attractive target. Make sure assets that can be easily carried are marked, to facilitate easy identification and recovery in the event of a burglary. UV marker pens provide a simple and effective way to label your property with your postcode.
Lock-down and minimise risk
If you’re lucky enough to shut up shop over Christmas, spend a little extra time doing a safety check around your premises before you lock up. Switch off lights, computers, monitors, photocopiers, etc, unplug all unnecessary electrical items, check CCTV cameras are working properly, and test your fire and intruder alarms. If staff members do need to come in to work over the break, make sure they know how to disable and reset the alarm, and who to call in an emergency.
Don’t advertise your business
This is quite possibly the one time of year when you don’t want to advertise your business. A clear view of easy-to-carry computer and audio visual equipment can provide the perfect incentive for a thief to attempt a break-in. Close blinds and window dressings on ground floor windows to deter prowlers, and if that’s not possible, move high-value portable equipment so it’s out of sight.
Get notified if there’s a problem
If there was any kind of incident at your workplace over the festive period, you’d probably want to know about it quickly so you could assess the damage and prevent significant loss. Alarm monitoring ranges from simple text messaging to full-blown police response, so invest in a method that gives complete peace of mind and allows you focus on having a very merry Christmas!
As Oxfordshire’s largest independent fire and security installers we are ideally placed to offer the right system for your business. With experience, excellent customer service and innovative products, we have everything you need to stay safe. Get in touch today