10 Top Tips for an Effective CCTV Installation

Installing a surveillance camera system can be a great investment for your home or business. However, a successful installation depends on the quality of the cameras, their placement, and the expertise of the installer. By following the tips outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your surveillance camera system is installed effectively and provides the protection you need.


Surveillance camera systems play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of both residential and commercial properties. Installing a surveillance camera system requires careful planning and execution to maximise its effectiveness. In this blog post, we will discuss some essential tips for an effective surveillance camera system installation.


Assess your needs

Before installing a surveillance camera system, assess your specific security needs. Determine the areas that require monitoring, such as entrances, parking lots, or high-traffic areas. This assessment will help you choose the right type and number of cameras for your property.


Plan camera placement

Proper camera placement is vital for capturing clear and useful footage. Consider the field of view, focal length, and angle of each camera to ensure optimal coverage. Key areas to focus on include entry points, vulnerable areas, and blind spots. Additionally, ensure that the cameras are positioned out of reach to prevent tampering.


Choose the right cameras

Selecting the right cameras for your surveillance system is crucial. Factors to consider include resolution, low-light performance, weather resistance, and the ability to capture details at different distances. For example, high-resolution cameras with night vision capabilities may be suitable for outdoor areas, while dome cameras may be more appropriate for indoor monitoring.


Install adequate lighting

Good lighting is essential for capturing clear and detailed footage. Install adequate lighting in areas where cameras are placed, especially in low-light conditions. Consider using infrared illuminators or motion-activated lights to enhance visibility during nighttime surveillance.


Ensure proper camera positioning

During installation, ensure that the cameras are aligned correctly and positioned at the appropriate height and angle. Aim for a balance between capturing a wide field of view and maintaining detail and clarity. Test the camera views before finalising their positions to avoid blind spots or obstructions.


Use quality cabling and equipment

To maintain the integrity of the surveillance system, use high-quality cabling and equipment. Invest in shielded cables and connectors to minimise interference and signal loss. Additionally, choose reliable recording devices and network equipment to ensure smooth operation and storage of video footage.


Secure and protect equipment

Protect your surveillance camera system from vandalism or theft by securely mounting the cameras and enclosing sensitive components. Use weatherproof housing for outdoor cameras to shield them from harsh environmental conditions. Consider installing surge protectors to safeguard against power surges or electrical damage.


Regular maintenance and testing

Once your surveillance camera system is installed, schedule regular maintenance and testing. Inspect the cameras, check connections, clean lenses, and ensure that the system is functioning correctly. Regularly update firmware and software to benefit from the latest security patches and features.


Integrate with other security measures

For comprehensive security, integrate your surveillance camera system with other security measures such as alarms, access control systems, or motion sensors. This integration enhances the effectiveness of your overall security infrastructure and allows for seamless monitoring and response.


Familiarise yourself with privacy laws 

Ensure compliance with local privacy laws and regulations when installing a surveillance camera system. Understand the guidelines on camera placement, video storage, and notifying individuals of video monitoring.


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In conclusion, a well-planned and properly installed surveillance camera system can greatly enhance the security of your property. By assessing your needs, carefully planning camera placement, using quality equipment, and integrating with other security measures, you can create an effective surveillance system that provides peace of mind and deters potential threats. If you are interested in, or require, CCTV installation, servicing, maintenance, or any of the other products and services we offer please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us today on 01733 602 955 or fill out our simple online contact form.

Fire Risk Assessment: What are your Responsibilities?

What are the risks to your business?

You, as the responsible party, are required by existing fire safety legislation to conduct and periodically review a fire risk assessment of the premises. This will show you what steps to take to put out a fire, protect your workers, and ensure the safety of anyone else who might be impacted by your operation or business.


Carrying out the Assessment


A fire risk assessment is a structured and rigorous examination of your property, the operations conducted there, and the chance that a fire could start and endanger persons on the property and those around.


This is split into five steps:


Identifying fire risks

Find those who are at risk

Assess, eliminate, lessen, and safeguard against danger

Plan, note, share, educate, and train 



Do I need a written fire risk assessment?


According to current fire safety regulations, you are required to maintain a written record of your fire risk assessment if you employ more than five people, are a licensed establishment, and/or have an active modifications notice at your premises.


Competent Person

If you feel, having read the guidance, that you:


  • Lack the necessary knowledge or comprehension of fire safety and the risk that fire poses to people to properly comply with statutory requirements
  • Are unable to devote the necessary time and money to this crucial duty.


You will need to hire a specialised business to conduct the risk assessment on your behalf. A specialist in this field would have to determine the necessary fire safety precautions. You ought to continue to be actively involved in the procedure.


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Why Do You Need to Invest in Commercial CCTV: 5 Reasons Why

When it comes to commercial CCTV, the reasons to invest are vast. The five areas this blog covers are:

1 Staff, Asset, and Property Protection

Companies of all sizes should spend money on CCTV to protect their employees.

Employees can feel secure when leaving work after dark thanks to strategically installed cameras in the parking lot. CCTV can add a strong layer of protection and safety as people move through the parking lot to get to their car or the train station.

CCTV will also serve as a strong deterrent to other thieves and muggers who might target persons leaving the workplace.

Businesses may defend their property from vandals, intruders, and thieves who want to break in, cause damage, and steal business property by investing in CCTV. We always advise business owners to weigh the cost of installing CCTV against the cost of having an employee robbed, corporate vehicles damaged, or corporate property stolen.

2 Monitoring Staff and Visitors

An organisation can monitor personnel for punctuality and productivity using internal CCTV cameras.

When applicable, video can be used in disciplinary circumstances. Also, knowing that a business takes security seriously might give customers peace of mind when they come thanks to interior security cameras.

Criminals of all types target businesses. Small-time criminals target autos for vandalism. Complex, organised criminal gangs target businesses with the intention of breaking in and stealing expensive machinery. Security camera footage can be utilised to convict criminals where crimes are still being committed. High-quality camera footage and a precise time and date stamping system are required for a criminal conviction.

In either case, without CCTV, a firm may merely have a guard who patrols seldom as a deterrent. Property destruction, missing crimes, and significant disruption are all possible outcomes.

3 CCTV Monitoring

For continuous high quality image capture, our CCTV security devices can be customised to your company’s needs.

For your place of business to have a wireless CCTV system that is functional and completely integrated, a good system design must be in place.

4 Providing Evidence for Internal Disputes

Regrettably, incidents do occur at work occasionally. A quality CCTV system can offer the proof needed to resolve internal conflicts and take the necessary measures.

Companies must think about how theft, employee bullying, and workplace accidents can affect their brand. No business owner wants to be in charge of a hostile workplace environment where employees are mistreated. This could result in a lot of staff turnover or even worse.

Employees with grievances may attempt to sue their company for negligence.

Internal CCTV cameras can also aid in preventing fictitious personal injury claims that are submitted by workers wanting to make a quick cash. These disputes can be resolved before they reach a solicitor’s inbox if the proper evidence is available.

5 Avoiding Operational Disruption

The efficient running of an organisation is aided by seamless business operations.

The police must be contacted, insurance claims must be filed, paperwork must be completed, and more when a business is the victim of crime. All of this results in hours of unforeseen effort and disturbance to the company’s daily operations.

In order to decrease crime and shorten the time it takes to deal with it, an investment in CCTV is recommended.

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Different Types of CCTV

Purchasing a personal security system for your home or office is a good decision, and CCTV cameras are a popular option. What you may not realise is that there is a large range of CCTV cameras accessible, each with its own set of advantages. It is worthwhile to spend some time scanning the many alternatives to determine which setup would be ideal for your house or business.

In this blog, we will go through the many types of CCTV cameras and the benefits and drawbacks of each. Choosing the correct CCTV camera system is critical for ensuring that your house or business is adequately protected against unwanted visitors and trespassers. CCTV cameras are useful not just for gathering footage, but also as a deterrent to potential intruders and offenders.

Dome Cameras

Dome cameras are one of the most often used CCTV cameras, as they can be utilised for both inside and outdoor surveillance. Dome cameras have a significant advantage in that it is uncertain which direction the camera is looking due to its form and size. This adds an extra degree of uncertainty for potential criminals, making them less inclined to try a break-in or engage in any criminal activities near your property.

One disadvantage of dome cameras is that they have a very short range when compared to their rivals. They can also be more difficult to install, though if you obtain professional assistance, this should not be a problem. Dome cameras are modest in size, which is ideal for remaining hidden and out of sight. However, for the goal of functioning as a visual deterrent, you may want a camera that is more visible.

Bullet Cameras

Bullet cameras, which get their name from their cylindrical shape, are one of the most popular types of CCTV setups, along with Dome cameras. Because of their size, they are particularly effective as a visual deterrent, discouraging possible criminals or trespassers from committing any crimes on your property because they can see that they are being monitored. The Bullet cameras offer a wide field of vision, which makes them ideal for usage in vast areas such as parking garages. They can also work in a variety of weather conditions and without being influenced by glare.

Bullet cameras have the disadvantage of being more easily targeted by vandals due to their clear visibility. Because of their size, Bullet cameras are difficult to blend in with their surroundings, making them an unsuitable choice for a more covert system. Because these cameras do not have an auto-focus capability, you must ensure that the location of the cameras is ideal when they are put up, or you may not be able to observe the entire scope of your premises.

PTZ Cameras

PTZ cameras derive its name from their ability to pan, tilt, and zoom while moving up, down, left, right, closer, and further away. Because of their incredible range of mobility, they are incredibly versatile, providing security for a wide range of properties and places. Because of their movement, a single camera may cover the same amount of ground as numerous fixed cameras. Another fantastic aspect of PTZ cameras is their high video quality, which makes it simple to identify people.

The downside of PTZ cameras is that in order to fully utilise them, a security guard or camera operator must be able to use the camera’s movement. Furthermore, while the camera’s variety of mechanics and moving components works in its favour, it also means that there are more pieces that could conceivably break or malfunction. Because of the camera’s sophistication, it may be difficult to repair.

Night Vision CCTV Cameras

If it wasn’t evident from the name, Night Vision CCTV cameras perform significantly better than their counterparts at night, even in complete darkness. These cameras are also resistant to fog, dust, and smoke. Night Vision CCTV cameras provide reliable surveillance at night, when your house or property is most vulnerable. These cameras are most typically seen in banks, manufacturing plants, and farms, but they could also be well suited for installation around your residence or small business.

The disadvantages of Night Vision CCTV cameras is that they work to their best ability in the dark, offering less clarity during the day. Night Vision cameras are also known to suffer from technical difficulties that could potentially impair how well the camera records such as moving spots or some image deterioration over time.

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A Guide to Access Control

Whether you are in charge of a school, office complex, manufacturing facility, or nursing home, you will want to ensure that inhabitants, staff, and visitors feel comfortable as well as ensure that tools, private property, and data are safeguarded and secured.

What is access control?

The phrase ‘access control’ refers to the act of limiting access to private, commercial, or industrial buildings, to a particular, authorised person or people. Certain access control products we offer can do a multitude of things including but not limited to:

  • Time and attendance
  • Intruder alarm integration
  • View IP camera images
  • Control lighting and heating
  • Lift control
  • Use site graphics to view plans of your buildings with live information on door status
  • Open doors remotely
  • Connect multiple buildings and remote sites to centralised systems

What do we do?

We here at Swift Fire & Safety have many years of installation and upkeep experience with access control systems. In various locations around the UK, we have implemented systems from several top manufacturers, whether it be for a multi-site organisation managed and inspected centrally, a single building with multiple entry points, or independent setups.

As well as standalone access control devices for single door applications, we install PC-based networked systems to control multiple doors (across multiple sites if required). Access can be granted by numeric code, proximity cards and fobs or biometrics.

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Swift Fire & Safety is a leading provider of access control devices and systems. So, if you are located in Cambridge, Peterborough, Milton Keynes, Northampton or any surrounding areas we here at Swift Fire and Safety can fulfil all of your fire access control needs. Contact us today by either calling us on 01733 602955 or by filling out our online contact form.

7 CCTV Facts You Ought to Know

We here at Swift Fire and Safety delve into some interesting facts about CCTV, or closed circuit television, to remove some of the mystique surrounding one of the most common surveillance equipment.

  • Experts estimate that installing CCTV camera systems in homes might prevent up to 67% of burglaries.
  • 40% of residences have an alarm system, but only 9% have CCTV.
  • Most CCTV systems allow for remote access through the internet, allowing you to monitor your home or business even when you’re not at home or at work.
  • Contrary to popular belief, CCTV is incredibly dynamic. It can record both audio and video as well as thermal images and use night vision in dim light. Additionally, it is possible to configure loud audio warnings.
  • In some homes today, CCTV is wireless, so it’s no longer considered a deluxe security upgrade that only pertains to larger homes and companies.
  • Early video surveillance systems did not have the ability to capture and store information like modern CCTV systems do, therefore they required regular monitoring.
  • The bulk of CCTV cameras in the UK are run by private persons or enterprises, primarily to keep an eye on the interiors of stores and businesses.

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Fire Alarms Throughout History

Before Fire Alarms

Thousands of years ago, before quick and efficient communication methods were invented, fires were reported as and when they were found, often when they were out of control. The Corps of Vigiles were created in 6 AD by Caesar Augustus in an attempt to address the fires that blazed on an almost constant basis throughout Rome. This newly founded brigade consisted of regular men, who patrolled the streets on lookout for fires, armed only with buckets of water.

Unfortunately, this method, although the first step in the right direction, was largely ineffective. Because there were no other ways to prevent fires or detect them as they broke out the brigade often arrived too late to be of any substantial use.

Eventually, the method of raising the alarm evolved. During the 19th century bell towers came into effect as a city wide alert system. They were placed in central locations in an effort to maximise their effectiveness at mobilising units in charge of fighting fires. However, this evolution in fire alarms was limited in its effectiveness by underdeveloped communication methods as the alarm, even with specific ringing patterns to denote a general location, could not reduce response times enough to save properties and lives.

The Invention

With the invention of the telegraph, the first iteration of long distance communication systems, the opportunity to create a more accurate fire alarm and reporting system. In 1852, in Boston, Massachusetts the system of the centralised bell tower transformed into a central station (which is essentially what would evolve into the emergency dispatchers we know today!) The basic function of this station would be to receive word of a fire sent from a box in a neighbourhood, ring the bell, and notify the responders as to which area they need to travel to. Due to this new method, response times drastically lowered due to the more accurate ability to locate the fire before it got out of control.

While this contributed to enhancing fire safety in homes and businesses, firefighting was still dependent on someone spotting a fire, reporting it, and then mobilising the fire department all while the fire continued to burn.

The key is detection which didn’t truly begin to be effective until electricity came into play. Other detection tools, such as the smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector, were created at the start of the 20th century and eventually became crucial parts of contemporary fire alarm systems. Despite the fact that the technology had been developed more than a century earlier, homes and businesses could not always afford to purchase or operate these enormous or expensive machines. Before taking on the design we are accustomed to today, the contemporary fire alarm system required advancements in manufacturing and fire alarm technology.


Only ten years after being created in 1965, battery-powered, cost-effective smoke detectors were being mass-produced for household use. Battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors were produced on a large scale in the early 1990s and the first devices that detected both smoke and carbon monoxide were introduced to the market in 1996.

For the first time in recorded history, both workplaces and private residences could simultaneously notify residents to a fire on the premises and transmit the notification to a control panel. During this time, the creation of central stations that could accurately identify specific locations and alarm signals and convey them to the proper dispatchers and fire departments was heavily emphasised. In order to put out flames before they could turn into the block-burning inferno of the past, firefighting strategies radically changed from putting out declining fires to putting out fires while they were developing. Over the course of the last fifty years, fire fatalities have decreased consistently as a result of this remarkable change.

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So now you see the importance of the modern fire alarm system in the early detection and eventual dousing of a fire. It is imperative to have fire alarms installed and well maintained in your home and business. If you are interested in, or require, fire alarm installation, servicing, maintenance, or any of the other products and services we offer please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us today on 01733 602955 or fill out our online contact form.

8 Common Fire Hazard Mistakes

1) Leaving the Stove Unattended

Leaving food on a stovetop or open flame unattended can lead to fires. Holidays have a higher incidence of cooking fires than any other day of the year because hosts are frequently distracted by the increased noise in their home.

2) Poor Use of Extension Leads

Overusing an extension cord, which is especially dangerous around holidays when outside decorations are in use.

-Connecting many extension cords together to lengthen them.
-Running extension wires through doorways or under carpets.
-Use extension wires to plug in huge equipment like refrigerators and washing machines

-Extension cords are not intended to be a long-term solution. For maximum safety, have a professional install supplementary circuits or sockets so you can completely do away with extension cords.
-Major appliances should be plugged into a wall socket that can support their voltage and wattage.
-Purchase the rope that is the right length for your project after measuring it.

Dirty Chimneys

In the months when they are not in use, animals can create nests in chimneys and twigs and other flammable material can accumulate. If a fireplace is used frequently, a material called creosote can accumulate and become extremely flammable.

Leaving Lights On

It raises your electricity bill and poses a fire risk to leave lights on while you are away. If not utilised properly, lightbulbs can get quite hot and start a fire.

-When leaving the house, unplug any superfluous lighting.
-Install sensor-controlled outdoor lighting so that it turns on only when necessary. This will help you save electricity.
-Follow all safety instructions for holiday décor.


Candles provide fantastic lighting and pleasant scents for your home. They are, however, very dangerous as well, particularly if they are left unattended.

-Use flameless or battery-operated candles instead than having an open flame. There are many various items that melt wax.
-Keep flammable things away from candles.
-Place the candle(s) in a secure location so they won’t be unintentionally knocked over or tipped over.
-Use fire-resistant and secure candle holders when using candles.

DIY Electrical Works

DIY projects, as home television networks, home repair programmes, and online research become more accessible, are becoming more prevalent. However, other tasks, like your electrical work, should be left to experts. Do not attempt to perform your own electrical work if you are not a qualified or licenced electrician. Numerous actions and safety measures must be implemented. Hiring a certified or licensed professional electrician to finish the work is the only way to solve this issue.

Smoking Indoors

Smoking is still prevalent, despite the fact that laws, regulations, and health studies have contributed to a drop in smoking generally (and specifically smoking inside). A cigarette can readily set off combustible things, making smoking indoors extremely dangerous in addition to the health problems it brings.

-Smoke outside.
-Put out a cigarette with sand or water.
-Avoid smoking if you’re feeling drowsy, drunk, or on any other drugs because these conditions might impair your judgement and make it possible for you to “forget” that you’re holding a cigarette in your hand.


The safety requirements and features have probably changed and been improved recently, just as with any outdated equipment. Utilising obsolete or old appliances might be risky since they could not adhere to current safety standards.

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Fire Safety Regulations for UK Businesses + How to Comply

We here at Swift Fire and Safety understand the importance of complying with UK fire safety regulations, but we also know that there are lots of things to consider in order to make sure that happens. In the blog below we will discuss what the fire safety regulations are and the steps that need to be taken to ensure that you and your business are completely up to date with all necessary fire prevention and detection methods.

Fire Legislation

Understanding that it is their responsibility to adhere to UK fire safety standards is imperative for business owners as repercussions for failing to do so can be severe.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005 incorporates all laws pertaining to fire safety in business properties in England and Wales. It gives people in charge of putting safety safeguards and processes in place, such as fire risk assessments and fire safety gear, explicit instructions.

Here, we examine who is ultimately in charge of ensuring fire safety on commercial property and outline the steps that a “responsible person” is required by law to do.

Fire Risk Assessment

Documented fire risk assessments are required for any organisations with more than four employees. All fire safety protocols and preventative measures are built on a fire risk assessment.

There are five main areas you must consider when undertaking a fire risk assessment, the first of which being identifying potential fire hazards. This can include the location of heaters and the type of materials the building is made up of. Secondly, it is important to make a note of who is most at risk should a fire break out. There may be people with mobility issues or perhaps there are some people who work in more remote parts of the premises. Once any risks have been identified it is important to evaluate the risk and take any steps necessary to mitigate it whether that be fire prevention or detection. Once these things have been decided on and recorded a plan can be set up. Evacuation routes should be finalised and roles should be assigned to various members of staff who have received sufficient training. Finally, when all of this has been completed the assessment must be regularly reviewed to accommodate changing circumstances.

Fire Safety Equipment and Signs

You will require any or all of the following, though specific needs vary depending on each company’s fire risk:

1) A properly maintained fire extinguisher
2) A fire detection system
3) A sprinkler system
4) Emergency lighting

Fire Safety Log Book

It is imperative to have one of these log books as it is required to have one on a business’ premises at all times. The fire authority will inspect this book to ensure that you have been following the proper fire safety regulations. Additionally, you must document any fire-related occurrences’ specifics, including how they were handled and whether any injuries were reported.

Enforcement Notices

Depending on how seriously you disobeyed a fire safety inspection, the fire authorities may issue you with several notices. These consist of:

Alterations Notice

These are issued to premises representing a high safety risk

Enforcement Notice

This will refer to a major problem found by the fire authority during an inspection and provide a deadline for resolving it.

Prohibition Notice

A restriction notice will restrict or forbid access to your premises if there is an urgent threat to life from fire.


Some less significant fire code violations are still subject to fines of up to £5,000, with potential financial consequences for serious offences being unlimited and can also lead to up to two years in prison.

In the event of a fire, even if there has been no injuries, your business can suffer many detrimental effects. The inability to keep up with clients and orders often means that there is a substantial hit to a company’s reputation and can lead to insolvency over time.

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Making sure that you and your business are in line with all current UK fire safety regulations is imperative. So, if you are in need of a professional fire risk assessment, fire extinguishers, fire detection systems or any of the other services we offer please do not hesitate to contact us. Call us today on 01733 602 955 or fill out our simple online contact form.