Sara Verbruggen

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Experienced freelance B2B journalist and editor, specialising in fields of renewable energy, energy storage, smart grids and nanotech.
October 9, 2017

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The Intruder Alarm Report 2020

BSIA endorses guide on prevention of false hold-up alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a new guide published to help installers of hold-up alarms (HUAs) to reduce the number of false alarms.

The document, created by the National Police Chiefs’ Council Security Systems Group, discusses the impact that false alarms can have on police resources before offering recommendations on how installers can help to reduce these incidents.

Recommendations include taking HUAs out of service before work starts and remembering to return them to full service once work has been completed. Others including reminding users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police.

The guide reiterates such alarms are for use during an attack or threat of an attack involving people and staff at premises protected by this type of alarm.

These, and other, simple steps can cut the number of false alarms, reducing the impact on the police whilst maintaining the reputation of alarm receiving centres and installers.

David Wilkinson, the BSIA’s director of technical services, said: “Preventing false hold-up alarm activations will help to ensure that hold-up alarms remain an effective method to deliver a rapid police response and maintain users’ confidence in security systems.”

 

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