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Roof Security Systems

1 Ecclesiastical Insurance in Association with E-Bound, is Offering the Service of Roof Security Systems.

E-Bound have developed intruder detection systems based on the proven catch capabilities of PIR detectors but without the inherent and regular false alarm rates usually associated with outdoor PIR installations. Where PIR sensors are used outdoors, they often produce poor results and disappointment due to constant false alarms.  However E-Bound has reduced such false alarm rates to provide a workable system that is virtually immune to false alarms. In addition, they can provide large or small systems and combine up to 5 sensors in each zone and have up to 10 zones in a system, giving us up to 50 sensors and practically zero false alarms.  Further to this, specially developed, proprietary radio transmitters and receivers are deployed, giving the benefit of greater range and signal penetration, with ranges up to many miles in open air and several hundred metres even in built up areas. 

 

2Current research has shown that typically, the calibre of thief targeting metal roofs tends towards the lower end of the sophistication scale, although it is recognised that those involved in metal theft range from opportunistic and small scale offenders to organised criminal gangs.  However, in the vast majority of cases, although the damage is extensive, the actual material taken is minimal leading to the conclusion that the provision of 24-hour monitored alarms employing sequential, audio or visual verification cannot be warranted on cost grounds.  For this reason E-Bound have developed their new system, which consists of wireless passive infrared movement detectors, voice enhanced audio alarm technology and strobe lighting, that can usually be deployed in one day - subject to survey. 

With this system, intruders are detected the instant they enter an area where they should not be, and crucially, before they have done any damage. 

This is perfectly suited to the protection of metal roofs, in particular when these are remote and a guard response cannot be guaranteed because, of course, the thief does not know this and in most cases, will be scared off by the system activating.

The Problem

Although many locations have CCTV or intruder alarm systems, neither is currently suitable nor adapted to surveil and protect roof areas, where many unlawful intrusions and subsequent thefts occur. Due to the limitation of existing mainstream technology, and the limits of traditional security resellers and installers, most existing equipment, although functional, cannot provide sufficient protection. CCTV evidence is powerful tool in securing a plea of guilty or a positive result in the Courts, but the equipment must be suited to the environment and must be correctly specified. In many cases, these conditions are not met and passive technology such as CCTV cameras, with after the event recording functionality, is of limited use for the protection of metal roofs.

The Solution

The E-Bound system consists of wireless PIR movement detectors externally mounted on roofs, or roof access points used to reach roofs to provide an appropriate level of trap protection.  Locations for, and configuration of the detectors are meticulously planned, in order to minimise false activations and in order to eliminate further the possibility of false activations; an initial detection circuit is also fitted and the alarm panel contains proprietary technology designed for this purpose.  Once detectors are triggered a voice enhanced audio alarm and strobe lighting is activated.  The system is designed to be "always" active and incorporates a "mute" circuit, silencing the system for a pre-determined time, should this be required.   The system then automatically rearms, thus the risk of someone forgetting to set the system is eliminated.

The detectors sense intrusion because the PIR is sensitive to the infrared energy emitted by every living thing. When an intruder enters the detector's field of vision, the detector 'sees' a sharp increase in infrared energy by using a beam (or beams depending on the pattern) that detect a heat rise over a specific short period of time, so a living body will trigger the detector, whereas blowing leaves, or moving tree branches for example, will not. This type of detector is designed to be used for perimeter protection, by creating protected zones in and around the area to be protected. With this method, coupled to the GSM transmitter, the user will be aware of someone entering the protected area at the moment they have gained access, and before they have had the opportunity to cause any damage, as it gives valuable time to react. The addition of an external voice-enhanced sounder and blue strobes further deters intruders.

When working on listed buildings, E-Bound work with Independent Conservation Specialists to ensure there is minimal impact to the historic fabric from any installation. This covers the location of the equipment, the fixing and any wiring.  Each of these elements has the potential to damage the fabric, or to have an adverse aesthetic impact.  Reports are created from site visits both before and during installation.

Proactive Prevention Strategies

While there is no single strategy or preventive measure that will ensure that an organisation will not be a victim of crime, planning is one aspect of prevention that is uniformly cited as a prerequisite to providing a secure environment. Any comprehensive security management program blends physical, electronic and procedural aspects of protection. This is fundamental to the process of developing a comprehensive security strategy, and without internal policies and procedures - as well as a proactive security consciousness - physical and electronic security hardware features will fall short of their intended goal.

A security strategy is developed by evaluating the assets, considering the threats against them, and developing countermeasures to reduce their vulnerabilities. Countermeasures will consist of an integrated series of physical and procedural improvements, backed up with electronic security, to provide an appropriate level of protection. Vulnerabilities are reduced by layering security, both physical and electronic, thereby creating defence in depth. This approach to security is designed to deter a crime in the first instance, to delay access to target assets and to detect an attack at an early stage, should one occur. Thus potential criminals, having inspected the property, may be deterred from undertaking a burglary by the sight of robust physical security, intrusion sensing and external lighting. Should they decide to proceed, physical measures will delay access to target assets and the alarm system will provide an early indication of attack and summon an effective response.

In addition, a successful crime prevention plan requires the initiation, organisation and development of internal duties and responsibilities, in order to minimise or reduce criminal opportunities. The goal should be;

  • To encourage employees and regular visitors to be alert for unusual or suspicious activities and contact senior management or the police if they believe something is out of the ordinary

  • Maintain an emergency contact list for first responders

  • Report security deficiencies, incidents, employees' concerns and criminal occurrences

E-Bound can help organisations to develop security policies and procedures, helping to develop response plans and procedures that will include;

  • Risk management

  • Security marking for identification and inventory purposes

  • Assisting in a comprehensive physical security survey of the site and implementation of any subsequent recommendations

  • Helping to minimise or reduce criminal opportunities

Summary

  • The systems are specifically designed and deployed to detect and deter before any damage is caused

  • The technology employed allows almost invisible and completely reversible deployment

  • Large areas can be covered cost-effectively using the modular and scalable properties of the equipment

  • The system requires no user intervention and works for years - not days or weeks

  • Proven track record in cessation of thefts at protected sites

 

For a free no obligation site survey please ring E-Bound on: 08444936075 (7p per minute, plus standard access charge)