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Alarm system buyers guide available

British Security Industry Association (BSIA) : 23 December, 2015  (New Product)
BSIA launches its free guide to the selection and purchase of alarm system services
Alarm system buyers guide available

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched a guide to procuring security alarm system services.

Aimed at end-users, the guide offers a simple checklist of the key criteria that a reputable security company should be able to demonstrate when tendering for an intruder & hold-up alarm.

Outlining the importance of a good quality, well designed and installed security system, the guide helps end-users to quickly identify the quality of the service being offered and how this can help to secure their premises and staff against the assessed risk, thereby promoting a safe working environment and protecting the premises when empty.

The guide presents the key questions that a buyer should ask in nine simple steps, taking into consideration police response, compliance with technical standards, approval by an inspectorate’s personnel vetting and quality management systems. The guide also provides buyers with some of the other questions that should be asked including, is the supplier a member of an industry trade association? Does the supplier have full public and employer’s liability insurance cover? Can they provide references? And do they have qualified installation and service engineers?

David Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services at the BSIA, explains: “The security of the premises and staff is ultimately the customer’s responsibility. This is why it is vitally important that you only source a security system from a quality, professional security systems company. For systems that require a Police response, you also need to ensure that the system and service provided meets with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Security Systems Policy.”

“Educating end-users on recent security developments and the value of choosing a reputable supplier is a key role of the Association. This procurement guide will prove an extremely useful tool in helping end-users to choose the right security alarm system and in helping them to avoid procurement pitfalls.” Adds Wilkinson.

The guide will join a range of end-user guidance which is free to download from the BSIA’s website.

BSIA security systems companies provide a quality service in accordance with industry standards, promoting excellence in installation practices and meeting police requirements where remote signalling systems are required.

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