With the current economic downturn and rising metal and machinery costs, there has never been a greater demand for rapidly deployable wireless security. Sites are routinely being targeted by thieves for metal, materials and machinery and the current cost to the UK sector is £1.6 billion per year. Our product is quickly deployed and can also be easily relocated as a project evolves using our pallet system, thereby allowing the customer to relocate short distances without the expense of engineer callouts. Site managers have found that the system also acts as an excellent management tool and is invaluable for enhancing overall health and safety on their sites.
Void and Vacant Properties
Our system is an excellent solution for the void property market, as it can be quickly deployed without the requirement for power and communication lines. The video verification also assists in evicting squatters who may have forced entry causing damage, therefore committing criminal offences for which they can be arrested. One system can potentially alarm multiple flats, creating cost savings on traditional alarm systems which can only cover one property. This particular market is huge with approximately 870000 void properties in the UK. It is particular suited to housing associations and their subcontractors, who carry out refurbishments that require short term security to protect materials.
This solution is ideally suited to the events arena, with its portability and ease of installation. Currently it is an untapped market for most security systems because of the cost involved in setting them up relative to the short time they are needed. The system would combine well with on site security giving them more ‘pairs of eyes’, being able self monitor events through our dedicated server with PC software and smart phone application. It could be used to provide trap protection of vulnerable areas, during or after an event to cover areas where people or property would be at risk.
BT estimate the value of metal theft at £770 million per year and this is having a very damaging effect on our infrastructure. Small thefts of copper from the rail network are having extreme consequences with costs incurred from damages and loss of service. Companies involved in transport, communication and energy are all looking to protect vulnerable sites and projects. Often they are located in remote areas with no power and communications making our product an ideal solution.
The Farming community is being currently targeted by professional thieves. An estimated £70m worth of plant and agricultural machinery is stolen each year with only 5% of it recovered. Thieves are now also targeting live stock, metal and diesel. This is set to increase with the economic downturn and rising metal and diesel prices.
Historic Buildings, Memorials
Metal theft cost the church of England £10 million last year and we have installed our system on several churches to date. We are working closely with the Insurance group and are close to becoming a fully approved installer. Thefts from memorials and other historic buildings are well publicised and discussed regularly in Parliament. The advantages of our system over traditional security systems make it ideally positioned to capitalise on this vast opportunity.