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Evaluate your Alarm System

Many people do not realise the importance of evaluating their alarm system. What if you need to process an insurance claim and it is rejected? This is one of the major reasons why you need to assess and evaluate your system on a regular basis. While it is always advisable to acquire the services of alarm system installers to assist with such evaluations, there are a few checks that you can manage yourself.

The most important part of your alarm system is your panic buttons! Test each one and ensure your remote panics are working from the furthest point of your premises. This action will also test the communication to the control room.

Making sure that your system is flawless is important. The first thing to check is that you have working infra red sensors to pick up on human movement in all high risk areas. You should have magnetic contact switches installed at every door. All of the equipment that is installed should also be wired with anti-tamper circuits which protect against potential tampering 24 hours a day. All wiring involved should be concealed in a conduit.

To ensure that your transformer, radio, panel and keypad are protected too, you should have them covered by an infra red detector. Make sure that your alarm equipment and system is not in plain sight from the outside and ensure that all the attached items are properly mounted and secured by screws and wall plugs to always ensure the integrity of the system is not compromised.

It is important to check if that the mains transformer should be no less than 40VA. This must be surge protected too. If you are making use of the services of professional alarm system installers, get them to check that the system is not overloaded with too many devices on each zone and that the system has End of Line (EoL) resistors installed.

Don’t be a statistic, cover your basis now with your insurance company. For assistance with evaluating your alarm installation, turn to the professional alarm system installers in the industry – turn to Amlec.

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Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is not to be taken lightly; neglect could lead to both electrocution and fire. Because of the inherent risks of electricity, it’s always recommended to use

to carry out any electrical work on your property, whether commercial, domestic or industrial.

Electrical risks can remain unseen until it’s too late to avoid disaster. Amlec has the following tips to help you find hazards that may be lurking around your home:

  • Check electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs.
  • Check the cords of the appliances in your home, as well as the plugs and connectors. Make sure that they are not frayed, cracked or damaged, placed under rugs or carpets, resting on furniture, or located in high traffic areas. Do not nail or staple cords to walls, floors or any other objects.
  • Extension cords should be used on a temporary basis only. They are not a permanent wiring solution. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
  • Check your electrical panel to make sure that the breakers and fuses are properly rated for the circuit that they are protecting. If you do not know what the correct rating is, hav identify and label the correct size to be used.
  • Check light bulbs and appliances to make sure the wattage matches fixture requirements. Make sure not to replace bulbs with those that have higher wattage than recommended. Additionally, the bulb should be screwed in securely to prevent overheating.
  • Inspect all outdoor connections, appliances and tools for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings.

If you have any uncertainties about electrical safety in and around your home, do not hesitate to contact Amlec. Please leave a message below and we will get back to you.

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Home Security

It is estimated that in 2015 alone, just over a quarter of a million homes in South Africa were burgled. Since these were only cases that were reported, that figure could most likely be considerably higher. The statistics are startling, but they highlight the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. We’ve compiled some information to drive this awareness and help you protect your home and family.

Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems. The presence of a security system influences their decision to target a home.

Safety Tip: Get a monitored home security system to help reduce the chance of being burgled. Use signs and window stickers to alert potential intruders. Make sure the signs and stickers are visible from every approach to your home.

Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes. Burglars look for homes that are easy targets. That’s why it doesn’t take long for most intruders to break into a house, get what they want, and leave before being noticed.

Safety Tip: Strengthen your home’s defense by getting a home security system, keeping all entrances closed and locked, and installing a high-quality front door.

Burglars usually go to the master bedroom first. Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuable items carefully, and burglars know it. Once they break in, burglars head straight for the master bedroom, where they look through drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search cupboards. Cash, jewellery, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home.

Safety Tip: Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor, or hide them in unlikely places.

A surprising number of burglars enter through the front door. Whether they walk through an open front door or crow bar their way in through a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

Safety Tip: Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. To enhance your home against a burglar, use a quality lock set with a heavy-duty deadbolt, mount a security camera or motion sensor light above the door. Never give your house key to workers or hide a key outside your home.

Concerned about the security of your home? Why not contact us; by leaving a message below, we’ll be happy to assist.

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The Pitfalls of Cheap Alarm Equipment

It may be a tempting idea to purchase a cheaper alarm system. It is never a good idea to settle for inferior quality when the safety of yourself and your family is at stake. Over and above the standard security concerns, cheap alarm equipment can also be more time and money than it’s worth in the long run when it malfunctions and needs to be replaced earlier than quality equipment.

Here are some factors to consider before you spend money on a cheap alarm system.

Standard security concerns

Passives infraRed. Cheap detectors are easy to avoid and criminals know how to avoid detection by cheaper equipment. Everything they need to know is freely available on the internet. This equipment does not normally provide for cats, dogs, masking and unstable conditions. Battery – Cheap batteries are as good as no battery after 6 months and no battery=no alarm. Panel – Did you ever try to squeeze a cow into your Golf’s boot?  How can you squeeze your security into a small panel?

What if the alarm does not detect intruder and the insurance refuses to honor your claim?

Even worse, what if alarm not pick up the intruder and your family gets attacked?

False Alarms

There is no such thing as a false alarm. Either it is a system/device malfunction, triggered deliberately or badly installed by an inferior technician.

Cheap equipment is more likely to malfunction and create false alarms.

If you are connected to a security company false alarms mean having to call or receive calls from the company or having an unexpected visit from a security guard in the middle of the night.

Incorrect Installation

Generally when purchasing cheap alarm equipment, either you or a junior technician will be installing the system. This often leads to situations where incorrect methods of installation are applied.

When buying alarm systems rather talk to Amlec about providing quality equipment and having it professionally installed for a stress free home security experience. Trust your security to a SASSETA accredited provider and don’t spend sleepless nights battling your alarm system.

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The Dangers of DIY Alarm Systems and Private Installers

Tough economic times often means making cut backs. What quicker way is there to save a few pennies than to opt for the cheaper installer. This is fairly simple in saving you money, however when it comes to the safety of yourself and your family it is almost never advisable to use a private installer.
Lower Quality Materials

Private installers might use devices which are generally cheaper because they are purchasing inferior devices or devices that are not suitable or sustainable to the consumers needs and environment. The danger that is paramount and often overlooked is “what guarantee” does the consumer have when this private installer is no longer around and answerable.

All alarm systems require maintenance at some point. If the system has been installed by a private installer chances are there are not very many reputable companies are willing to accept the liability of maintaining a system they had no part in installing. This means should something go wrong you are under pressure to either fix it yourself or call out a reputable company that will want to re-install a quality system which is done by maintaining supplier and industry spec.

Due to a lack of industry policing, private installers are not governed. Do not wait for an insurance claim or worse, a burglary to find out your system is inadequate.

Questionable Installers

Often people have systems installed by private individuals only to find their house has been broken into a few weeks or months down the line. A private individual is accountable to no one but themselves unlike technicians from reputable security companies. This means there is a higher chance of this individual scoping out your home, cataloguing your valuables and then creating a hole in the system they install just to bypass it later and steal your valuables.

Trust Amlec with your security needs instead of taking unnecessary risks with your safety. We are a professional security company who provide not only security systems but installation and 24 hour monitoring and armed response too. Trust certified professionals to install your system correctly the first time around and rest easy knowing your safety is in the hands of qualified professionals.