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Security Companies and Cyprus – Why The Need?

17/02/2015 - by Cyprus.com Admin




Highly qualified and certificated within the security industry, Jeff also served with the Grenadier Guards, “if I am good enough to protect the Queen, royal family and the country then I am good enough to protect communities and businesses - and qualified to do so”.

Jeff first bought a holiday home in Cyprus 9 years ago. As the founder and Managing Director of a successful Security Company in the UK, Jeff always applied the highest standards of security to his own properties. During his time owning a property in Cyprus, Jeff, has seen the inevitable changing of crime patterns in Cyprus and how property crime in particular has increased.

Two years ago Jeff decided that his company's next phase of expansion would include Cyprus. In 2007 he set up Akme Securitas Cyprus Limited, based in Paphos, in addition to his 25 years in the security and protection industry Jeff also brings ISO 9001/2000 accreditation and SIA qualifications to train and register security staff to the highest standards in the EU.

The right leadership produces the right results, Akme Securitas Cyprus Ltd are registered with the chief of police department (Nicosia) as required by Cyprus law and was SIA approved contractor with the U/K government. Nothing less than total professionalism is accepted throughout the company

Interview:


1. How long have you been operating and why did you choose Tala in Paphos as your base


Akme Securitas Cyprus has been serving the communities and business of the Paphos district since 2007 - firstly based in Anavargos until 2013, we then moved to Tala, for two reasons.  Firstly we needed a fit for purpose control room – monitoring station – so we had full control of our clients CCTV and alarms systems.  Secondly we felt it necessary to be centerised to our core clientele, Tala fitted the bill.  We have now opened a second office in Peyia to serve our biggest growth area.









2. There has been an increase in the number of security companies in Cyprus recently – has Cyprus really become that unsafe and should people be afraid?


Cyprus was once virtually crime free, but with economic crises comes welfare and social difficulties, petty crime soon follows – this is where we are now.  As a European Union member country Cyprus is still one of the safest places to live and holiday, but we must all become more security aware.

3. What should someone look for in a security company?


Our advice on finding the right company to do business with should be a simple process. You should be looking for a few things:

1. Are they qualified / experienced and hold a license issued by the Cyprus Police to do the job?
2. Do they have a good reputation?
3. Are they trustworthy?
4. Do they have a system that you need?
5. Is the price right for me?









4. Are you regulated as an industry?


All European Countries have to follow the European directives for the private security industry and Cyprus is no different.  It is important to be regulated within an industry that is involved in such high responsibilities, trust and professionalism.









5. Do you have any links with the Cyprus Police?


We work closely with local and central Authorities and the Cyprus Police – we feel it is very important that the public sector works alongside the private sector to get greater results against crime.  The Police keep a downloadable list of companies that are licenced in Cyprus and this can be found at:
 http://www.police.gov.cy/police/police.nsf/All/23752B6DAAC7B1AFC22578A900272FD7?OpenDocument









6. What is the risk when using an unlicensed security company?


The provision of private security services by non-licensed companies and or individuals is a criminal offence in Cyprus, if convicted illegal operators could find themselves jailed for up to two years or a fine of €30,000 or both. In addition, those who employ non-licensed companies or individuals are also committing a crime and also be fined; the end user has the responsibility to employ licensed services by law. When employing these services you must by law ask for all their licenses, these are:

N.125(1)/07 and N.54(1)/2009 chapter 11,13 office license this license only allows the company to operate as a security provider, it does not cover their employees or owners to carry out these services.
N.125(1)/2007 and N.54(1)/2009 chapter 2,8 Engineer licence, (installations Only) this must be carried by the engineers who are installing your system..
N.125(1)/2007 and N.54(1)/2009 chapter 2,4(3),8 Security guards only, secure key holding and response to alarms

7. As a homeowner, is there anything you should not do nowadays with regards to the security of your home?

This is a very big topic, but here are the main points:

Every home is different in relation to how best it can be protected or the type of prevention methods used to keep criminals out. Some burglars are opportunistic.  They look for easy ways in which they can get into home, ones that won’t take too long, will make as little noise as possible and won’t arouse suspicion. Homes that look unoccupied and unsecured are more likely to be targeted.

Alarms


If you can afford an alarm, have one fitted to your home. I recommend one that sends a message directly to a mobile phone to alert a neighbour, an alarm response company and of course yourself. At the very least get one that makes lots of noise both inside and outside your premises. The noise of the alarm outside will hopefully alert your neighbours. The noise inside will play a part in making the burglar want to get out fast. (But remember your alarm sound time for your external alarm is only 4 minutes, then it is classed as noise pollution by law and you could possibly be fined).

CCTV


CCTV for the home has come a long way in the last few years. Good Wi-Fi systems now mean you can keep a check on what is going on in your home via your mobile phone. Cameras that can pan and tilt using the screen of your phone are the latest development and they just keep getting better.  This is not an essential addition to your home security, but something to seriously consider if you want complete peace of mind (here in Cyprus you need a fixed IP address for internet access to your cameras).

Security Lighting


Good security lighting is the criminal’s enemy; it makes them feel vulnerable and easily observed, illuminates high risk areas and makes sure it is easy for you to see people approaching your home.

Ensure all your areas that are in darkness are covered by good security lights that are fitted with sensors to detect movement, and that come on at night when the sensors are activated. Make sure you fit LED lights. They give off an extremely bright light without sending your electricity bill through the roof.

Do not leave your porch light on at night when you go out just so that you have some light to make your way back by. Criminals see this as a good indication, along with the absence of a car on the drive that the occupants are out for the evening. Fit a sensor to your porch light so that you have a light that comes on when you arrive home and walk up to the door.

Fit timers to a couple of lamps inside the house and have them come on and off at different times while you are out in the evenings.

If you have wall lights fitted on the front garden walls, fit dusk till dawn sensors to illuminate these as soon as it is dark. Again, this can be done with very little extra cost to your electricity bill by using low energy bulbs.

Garages and garden sheds


Ensure all your external sheds, etc., have secure locks and are locked up when you go out for the evening or away for periods of time. Criminals prefer not to carry anything with them that might raise suspicion in case they are stopped by the Police. They will look for items they can use in the gardens of premises that they are going to try to enter. Spades, screwdrivers and any tools they can lay their hands on will be used, so lock them all away.

If you have to leave ladders on view, secure them safely to a solid wall with adequate security chains and locks.

Doors, windows and locks


Make sure doors are solid enough and can’t be easily kicked in.

The aluminium front doors used on many developments and villas in Cyprus are not secure at all. The fitting is normally poor, leaving room for movement in the frame fitting which gives the criminal an easy method of entry to premises. They are also invariably fitted with cheap euro locks that are very susceptible to the lock snapping method of entry. Change your locks to the anti-snap locks that are now available here in Cyprus.

Patio doors and windows also are an easy method of entry due to what were once very poor fitting standards and allowed a lot of movement in the frame. Additional locks are a must. Existing patio doors can be fitted with additional security bolts to stop lifting or forced entry. The pin-type locks that secure one door to the other at the centre are very effective against burglars trying to force windows and patio doors open.

Multi-point locking systems can also be fitted to aluminium doors and involve several hooks or bolts holding the door into the frame.

If you have a good wooden/solid door then the use of mortise locks is essential. Mortise locks fit into a slot cut into the edge of the door and can only be opened with a key.

Around the front and back of your home


Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates and fencing or walls at least two metres high. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult.

If you have a garden area near your ground floor window, plant spiky or thorny bushes. This makes it difficult for a criminal to get to the window to try and get in.

Are you at home?


A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it’s worth making sure your home looks occupied.

Do not close your curtains during the daytime as this can suggest your home is empty.

Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even if you are just going out for a couple of hours.

If you’re away for longer periods of time, ensure a neighbour knows you are away.

Mail and flyers in the letterbox are a dead giveaway to the criminal element that the house is empty and you are currently spending time away. Arrange for someone to collect them on a regular basis while you are not there.

A neighbour may also be able to help you by opening and closing curtains and even parking their car on your driveway. Work with your neighbours to keep an eye on each other’s security.

Make sure that you lock all doors and windows and set your burglar alarm if you have one. Check the alarm and other related equipment is working correctly on a regular basis.

A note of warning, if you have informed your insurance company that you have an alarm fitted and they give you a discount for having it: should your home be the subject of a burglary and the alarm fails to go off because it is defective in some way, your insurance company will most likely will not pay out.

Once you inform them that you have an alarm, a clause in the policy normally renders the policy useless if the alarm does not work correctly when an offence is committed.

Make sure all the PIR batteries and backup alarm batteries are checked monthly and changed if required.

When you go out at night, be aware of your surroundings. When you leave your home check your street for any unusual cars or people hanging around the area and take note of anything suspicious.

The optimum time for an offence to take place is without a doubt 18.00 to 23.30. It is firmly believed that criminals drive around quiet areas of towns and villages watching for people leaving their homes to go out to dinner. Then, having given them time to leave the area or possibly having followed them to a restaurant, they will try their luck at the house they have just seen the people leave.

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  • 19/12/2013 - by AKME Securitas

    Every home is different in relation to how best it can be protected or the type of prevention methods used to keep criminals out. Some Burglars are opportunistic, they look for easy ways in which they can get into a home, ones that won’t take too long, will make as little noise as possible and won’t arouse suspicion. Homes that look unoccupied and unsecured are more likely to be targeted.

    Are you at home?
    A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it’s worth making sure your home looks occupied. Do not close your curtains during the daytime; this can suggest your home is empty.
Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even if you are just going out for a couple of hours.

    If you’re away for longer periods of time, ensure a neighbour knows you are away.
Mail and flyers in the letterbox are a dead giveaway to the criminal element that the house is empty and you are currently spending time away. Arrange for someone to collect them on a regular basis while you are not there.

    A neighbour may also be able to help you by opening and closing curtains and even parking their car on your driveway. Work with your neighbours to keep an eye on each other’s security. Make sure that you lock all doors and windows and set your burglar alarm if you have one.

    Check the alarm and other related equipment is working correctly on a regular basis.
A note of warning, if you have informed your insurance company that you have an alarm fitted and they give you a discount for having it: should your home be the subject of a burglary and the alarm fails to go off because it is defective in some way, your insurance company will most likely not pay out.

    Once you inform them that you have an alarm, a clause in the policy normally renders the policy useless if the alarm does not work correctly when an offence is committed.
Make sure all the PIR batteries and backup alarm batteries are checked monthly and changed if required.
When you go out at night, be aware of your surroundings. When you leave your home check your street for any unusual cars, or people hanging around the area and take note of anything suspicious.

    The optimum time for an offence to take place is without a doubt 18.00 to 23.30. It is firmly believed that criminals drive around quiet areas of towns and villages watching for people leaving their homes to go out to dinner. Then, having given them time to leave the area or possibly having followed them to a restaurant, they will try their luck at the house they have just seen the people leave.

    Neighbourhood Watch schemes
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes can make a great difference to the community - these schemes when married to a professional & licensed security service provider successfully help keep crime down.

    --

    AKME Securitas Cyprus Ltd. is licenced and registered along with its entire staff with the Chief of Police Nicosia as required by The Law N (I) 125/ 2007 of the Republic of Cyprus.  Protect yourself – DO NOT use unlicensed security companies – they are breaking the law and cannot give you the level of service a licenced company can.  Do you really want to risk the security of your home?

    Home Security Advice – Secure your home

  • 19/12/2013 - by AKME Securitas

    Every home is different in relation to how best it can be protected or the type of prevention methods used to keep criminals out. Some burglars are opportunistic, they look for easy ways in which they can get into a home, ones that won’t take too long, will make as little noise as possible and won’t arouse suspicion. Homes that look unoccupied and unsecured are more likely to be targeted.

    Garages and Garden Sheds
    Ensure all your external sheds etc. have secure locks and are locked up when you go out for the evening or away for periods of time. Criminals prefer not to carry anything with them that might raise suspicion should they be stopped by the police. They will look for items they can use in the gardens of premises that they are going to try to enter. Spades, screwdrivers and any tools they can lay their hands on will be used, so lock them all away.  If you have to leave ladders on view, secure them safely to a solid wall with adequate security chains and locks.

    Doors, Windows and Locks
    Make sure doors are solid enough and can’t be easily kicked in.
The aluminium front doors used on many developments and villas in Cyprus are not secure at all. The fitting is normally poor, leaving room for movement in the frame fitting which gives the criminal an easy method of entry to premises. They are also invariably fitted with cheap euro locks which are very susceptible to the lock snapping method of entry. Change your locks to the anti-snap locks now available here in Cyprus.

    Patio doors and windows also are an easy method of entry due to what were once very poor fitting standards that allowed a lot of movement in the frame. Additional locks are a must. Existing patio doors can be fitted with additional security bolts to stop lifting or forced entry. The pin-type locks which secure one door to the other at the centre are very effective against burglars trying to force windows and patio doors open.
Multi-point locking systems can also be fitted to aluminium doors and involve several hooks or bolts holding the door into the frame.

    If you have a good wooden/solid door then the use of mortise locks is essential. Mortise locks fit into a slot cut into the edge of the door and can usually only be opened with a key. Around the front and back of your home
Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates and fencing or walls at least two metres high. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult.
If you have a garden area near your ground floor window, plant spiky or thorny bushes. This makes it difficult for a criminal to get to the window to try and get in.

    --

    AKME Securitas Cyprus Ltd. is licenced and registered along with its entire staff with the Chief of Police Nicosia as required by The Law N (I) 125/ 2007 of the Republic of Cyprus.  Protect yourself – DO NOT use unlicensed security companies – they are breaking the law and cannot give you the level of service a licenced company can.  Do you really want to risk the security of your home?

    Home Security Advice – Lock it up

  • 19/12/2013 - by AKME Securitas

    Every home is different in relation to how best it can be protected or the type of prevention methods used to keep criminals out. Some Burglars are opportunistic, they look for easy ways in which they can get into a home, ones that won’t take too long, will make as little noise as possible and won’t arouse suspicion. Homes that look unoccupied and unsecured are more likely to be targeted.

    Alarms
    If you can afford an alarm, have one fitted to your home. I recommend one that sends a message directly to a mobile phone to alert a neighbour, an alarm response company and of course yourself. At the very least get one that makes lots of noise both inside and outside your premises. The noise of the alarm outside will hopefully alert your neighbours. The noise inside will play a part in making the burglar want to get out fast. (But remember your alarm sound time for your external alarm is only 4 minutes , then it is classed as noise pollution by law and you can be fined)

    CCTV
    CCTV for the home has come a long way in the last few years. Good Wi-Fi systems now mean you can keep a check on what is going on in your home via your Android mobile phone. Cameras which can pan and tilt using the screen of your phone are the latest development, and they just keep getting better. Not an essential addition to your home security, but something to seriously consider if you want complete peace of mind. Here in Cyprus, you need a fixed IP address for internet access to your cameras.

    Security Lighting
    Good security lighting is the criminal’s enemy; it makes them feel vulnerable and easily observed, illuminates high risk areas and makes sure it is easy for you to see people approaching your home. Ensure all your areas that are in darkness are covered by good security lights that are fitted with sensors to detect movement and that come on at night when the sensors are activated. Make sure you fit LED lights - they give off an extremely bright light without sending your electricity bill through the roof.

    Do not leave your porch light on at night when you go out just so that you have some light to make your way back by. Criminals see this as a good indication, along with the absence of a car on the drive, that the occupants are out for the evening. Fit a sensor to your porch light so that you have a light that comes on when you arrive home and walk up to the door.

    Fit timers to a couple of lamps inside the house and have them coming on and off at different times while you are out in the evenings. If you have wall lights fitted on the front garden walls, fit dusk till dawn sensors to illuminate these as soon as it is dark. Again, this can be done a very little extra cost to your electricity bill by using low energy bulbs.

    --

    AKME Securitas Cyprus Ltd. is licenced and registered along with its entire staff with the Chief of Police Nicosia as required by The Law N (I) 125/ 2007 of the Republic of Cyprus.  Protect yourself – DO NOT use unlicensed security companies – they are breaking the law and cannot give you the level of service a licenced company can.  Do you really want to risk the security of your home?

    Home Security Advice – Startle the burglar.

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    Think about to secure your residential by install security alarm system. Now you don't need to wait the security installer to install the sophisticated alarm system for your home, also you may not need to pay any monthly fees for the security monitoring.  More and more people now perfer to install the DIY wireless alarm system to secure their home and property.


    DIY wireless alarm system adopts the wireless technology, since the rapid developing of wireless technology, wireless means secure and reliable, easy installation.  People without any technical knowledge can install the wireless DIY alarm system under 30 minitues.  It's a plug and play device.

    G70E is our newly design stylish wireless alarm system, the alarm panel features with big full message LCD display and keypad for operation. The built-in advanced and intuitive menu system can make user to operation and set the alarm system easily. 

    G70E alarm system built-in GSM communicator, the alarm system can work without telephone line. The system can preset 5 phone numbers for alarm receiving. When any emergency occurs, the alarm system can make GSM call and send text message (SMS).  Now you can monitor your home and business via your mobile phone.

    In addtion, the alarm system can support remote control, you can make phone call or send SMS to control the alarm system in anywhere.

    Different from other security alarm system, the alarm system is compatible with Contact ID for central monitoring station,  or just for self-monitoring.

    Think about to secure your residential...

 

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