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Free monitored security installation for Britain's small businesses

British Retail Consortium : 20 August, 2008  (Technical Article)
Monitored product range to be fitted free to eligible small businesses in the UK in a scheme launched by the Action Against Business Crime group.
Action Against Business Crime (AABC) has launched a new programme to provide free installation of monitored security systems for the SME sector to help them reduce the risk of crime and obtain affordable insurance. The range of security systems are branded MonitoredShop, MonitoredOffice and MonitoredUnit and are suitable for most small and medium sized premises.

Many small businesses either have no security systems or 'bells only' alarms which do not qualify for police response. AABC, working with national security provider 4bi, insurance brokers and insurance companies, can now provide free monitored security systems to this vulnerable and high risk sector. The systems offer keyholder response, which is appropriate for many SMEs and comes with lone worker support, which has until now only been available in high end security systems. Cost effective hazard detection options such as smoke and flood detectors, which are important to prevent catastrophic loss, are also available.

The Monitored alarms conform to European standard EN50131, will be installed by SSAIB registered installers and monitored through a National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold accredited alarm receiving station (ARC). This major new initiative is seen as a big step forward in making high quality business protection affordable to all businesses, not just big business.

Lord Dear, chairman of AABC said, 'There are many small and medium size businesses - shops, offices and industrial units - who simply cannot obtain good insurance because they have inadequate security. Installing one of our high quality Monitored systems will increase staff security during the day and protect the premises when closed. It will lower their risk and make good insurance more accessible. I am delighted that this programme has been launched. It is the sort of positive action we need in the fight against business crime.'

Roger Snowden of SME Insurance Services Limited said 'Insurance providers have been slow to recognise the place for keyholder monitored security systems and their criteria begin with bells only and leaps to police response. This means many small businesses are faced with increased costs to obtain insurance for their business. We are delighted to join AABC in this exciting project to bring affordable Monitored security within range of many more small businesses which will enable us to provide cost-effective insurance services to a large at risk business sector.'

Mike Schuck, chief executive of AABC said, 'The Monitored programme will make a significant contribution towards reducing crime in this more vulnerable business sector. With free installation and ownership of the system, and monitoring and aftercare at just over a pound a day, it puts good security within reach of every business. In many cases the requirements for a police response alarm system are not easily achievable by small businesses without disproportionate cost. We want to help business can do all they can to protect their staff, stock and premises and ensure that intruders spend as little time in the premises as possible, and Monitored range of security offers the right solution.'
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