A Brief History of Security Systems
In Ancient times the lighting of a fire beacon on a prominent hill was
the quickest way of spreading news of emergencies. Beacons were situated
were possible in direct sight of each other to form a signalling chain.
Rivington Pike Beacon was part of such a chain to be fired on July 19th
1588 to warn that the Spanish Armada had entered the English Channel. This
method was probably the first rapid National Communication System.
The following centuries brought the discovery of electricity and the invention
of the telephone, and so too came the Television. It is not surprising to
be here in the 21st century and be watching live Television transmissions
from outer space, linked via satellites all over the world, or to be viewing
from your armchair the pictures of a micro camera that has been inserted
into the main Artery and is being eased into and around a Human Heart.
Electrical technology has influenced all our lives, not leaving out the
way in which we take care of our belongings. Both in the home and at work.
Around the 1940's burglar alarm devices were apt to be crude with limited
applications, with the war in mind it brought concern about burglary sabotage
and espionage and therefore focused greater attention on burglar alarm systems.
From the visible micro switch and the snap wire, the burglar alarm started
its transformation into a complex Security System, encompassing Microwave,
Ultrasonic, Passive Infra Red, Infra Red Beam, Break Glass and many more
ways of Intruder Detection, accompanied with C.C.T.V. Surveillance, Access
Control, Physical Security and Security Communication, we have the formula
for a successful and efficient method of protecting our belongings.
In 1998 British Telecom introduced to the Northwest B.T Red Care, B.T Red
Care is a communication network designed to give high security monitoring
through existing telephone lines, it operates via a series of computers
that interrogate each security installation several times per minute with
a frequency inaudible to the human ear. The information given when necessary
to the Central Alarm Monitoring Station include, Alarm Activation, Personal
Attack, Open/Close, Telephone Line Cut, Low Back Up Batteries, System Reset,
High Temperature Alarm, Mains Failure and Fire.
We would estimate that from the Generation of alarm activation it should
be no more than seconds to the Police being informed.
The present trend is: -
More people are committing crime, more often.
People convicted of crimes spend less time off the street and possibly come
to crime better educated. With the technology now available, we must insist
that security be given the priority it deservers. THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
it is unfortunate that those who do not give security the priority it deserves
become the potential victim.