An East Midlands security expert has seen a radical increase in CCTV installations as Government action to halt the spread of Covid 19 leaves empty businesses vulnerable.
Chase Dobbie, founder of East Midlands security firm, iHome CCTV, is one of many business owners trying to assess the likely impact of the UK’s measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. And in the wake of 150% increases in CCTV installations for local businesses, it’s clear that the theft of empty premises is a major concern.
Chase explains: “As businesses shut down and streets empty out, there are likely to be two key factors behind the inevitable increases in theft.
“On the one hand, opportunists will be aware that doors are closed and nobody’s around, so the opportunities are plain and obvious.
“And on the other hand, people will be tempted by burglary simply because they have no money. Desperate times bring desperate measures and when people’s income stagnates or becomes disrupted, that always creates a spike.”
Since Covid 19 first appeared on UK shores, Chase’s rate of bookings for the installation of intelligent CCTV and alarm systems has seen a significant increase – and in the wake of the mandatory closure of pubs, restaurants and cafes, that increase has spiked again.
Chase explains: “iHome CCTV has been built on the basis of providing intelligent security solutions for people’s homes. But while people are sitting at home in enforced isolation, they need to have peace of mind that the businesses they’ve worked so hard to build are safe.
“People are already worried enough about the financial impact of having to shut down – and a great many business owners would simply be unable to cope with the additional impact of seeing their assets stolen.”
iHome CCTV supplies and fits Hikvision Pyronix integrated alarm systems, which can be fully tailored to the size, shape and layout of your premises. Designed with what’s known as ‘Double Redundancy’, they also have their own power back-up and built-in WiFi, providing you with recorded footage of any disturbances, as well as live mobile phone alerts in the event that an intruder attempts to access your property.
And while Hikvision equipment is primarily designed to provide intelligent security for your home or business, Chase is confident it would do an equally effective job for your hand sanitiser and your toilet rolls…
He added: “These are strange and testing times, so it’s only right that we should remain as flexible as people need us to be. Whether it’s a local business, a family home or a well stocked bathroom cabinet, we’re happy to help people protect whatever’s important to them!”
For more on protecting you, your family, your home and your business, visit www.ihomecctv.co.uk