3 Top tips to keep you and your guests secure when using Airbnb

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Hundreds of thousands of homes around the World are using Airbnb to host their properties to travellers looking for an easy way to see the world without the expensive cost of staying in hotels.

The rise of Airbnb has opened up so many more opportunities for travellers to see more of the world easily, live and experience places like a local and the chance to stay in unique properties such as a tree house in the Black Forest, a Mongolian Yurt on Lake Annecy or even a converted castle in Tuscany.

The properties to stay in and the places to visit are now even easier to experience as more hosts join the worlds largest bed and breakfast directory.

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Travelling the world, living like a local and staying somewhere cheaply – sounds great yes?! Absolutely, now let’s think about how we are going to ensure your property stays secure and your guests feel safe because ultimately we want them to write a rave review for more guests to come and stay!

  1. Physical entry to the property

You have registered as a host, you have listed your property and created a wicked profile on Airbnb with some beautiful photos of the property. Now, there are some things you need to think about to ensure your property is secure and your guests feel safe.

What you don’t want is to create security that is too complicated and cumbersome, people want to come and go quickly and not have to think about too many tricky security features. So firstly think if you are going to meet and greet your guests and hand over the room or property to them on arrival, or if you will need to install a door entry system that your guests are provided with a code prior to their arrival.

A door entry system can easily be installed to both residential and commercial properties to include master and guest codes. These can be changed each time a new guest stays to provide a robust security for your property and an easy to manage system for you or your housekeeper to change and reissue codes.

2. External security lighting

Dependent on location of your property and the level of street lighting available, you may wish to introduce some security lighting to the external walls of your property to help your guests find their way, their keys or codes and help them feel secure.

Security lighting is a great crime deterrent, it is a proven tool to deter ‘tailgating’ into properties, bag theft and intimidation as the lighting makes the property much more visible and likely for any criminal wanting to be kept in the dark more likely to move on from brightly lit buildings and your guests.

3.  Intruder alarm

Although you probably wouldn’t want to use the alarm while you had guests staying to reduce the over-complicated security measures while they stayed with you, if the property wasn’t in constant use or you were away for long periods of time we would suggest introducing an intruder alarm to be set while the property was empty.

The alarm can be armed and disarmed easily from a mobile app that could be set once your guests had departed, giving you the peace of mind the property was secure.

Another great feature of introducing an intruder alarm to your property is that you can provide your housekeeper or regular cleaner with an access code for them to be there when they need to be and not disturb you for entry or reset the alarm on their exit.

For more information and receive a FREE security proposal, please give White Horse Fire and Security a call – 01235 413823.







Top 3 Exciting new technologies which could help keep you safe in 2018

With new, smart technologies now an intrinsic part of all of our lives, it’s no wonder that there are bigger, better and more exciting things yet to come! We explore some of these exciting new technologies which could help keep us safe in 2018 and beyond…


1. Drones have become a vital security surveillance asset for not only the military and bomb squads but also farmers, landowners and business owners. With their improved, smaller and lighter mini-drone features, they can survey large buildings checking for disturbance or needed maintenance, monitor livestock and investigate crime scenes. So what can we expect for 2018? Well, the technology for these drones is exciting tech enthusiasts across the world, as tests are being carried out on a new Drone which uses images, GPS signal and AI (Artificial Intelligence) to fly autonomously!

As a security company, we are excited by these advances in technology and on behalf of our clients, we want to see these become more affordable for our business clients as they add a vital level of surveillance security. We really look forward to watching security drones become more accessible for businesses across the UK.

2. GPS (Global Positioning System) You might remember a time, when you wrote a note on the fridge to let family know where you were going to be or studying a map before starting your long journey. Well technology has certainly moved on and now GPS integrated in all our lives. It’s even helping keep our kids safe. From smartwatches, to luggage tags, from tracking your fun to finding your friends. GPS is being used to find and track you and your items every day.

There is also a serious safety element to GPS which helps people and the police retrieve stolen items. In 2018, exciting new advances in technology mean that in some mobile products we will be able to track your phone within 30cm of where it is, using clever smartphone technology. As a security company, keeping a track of your possessions whether personal or business assets is of the utmost importance to our customers, however would this particular new advance make some people take adverse risks to their personal safety, if they used this technology to track down and try and retrieve stolen items?



3. Video cameras are part of our daily lives, even children as young as 2 can navigate their way around an iPad to find the camera and video apps. We’ve seen a definite rise in videos becoming a widely recognised tool, in the fight against crime and bringing criminals to justice. Police are are using body cams to record real-time action on their watch, which can protect them and also assist them in court. With car insurance fraud on the rise, drivers are using dash-cams to record their journey in the hope of catching footage to support any claim, should they be involved in a road traffic accident or something more calculated.

Then there are GoPros, which are a fun, wearable action video which are great for filming yourself on the go. They can also help cyclists record their ride and capture any antisocial, driver behaviour they might encounter out on the road. Video camera technologies are being improved all the time. They are becoming accessible and affordable for the general public and make great presents for the kids, which is great news.

When it comes to home security, cctv image quality is just getting better and better. The cameras themselves are getting smaller and smarter, linking to clever apps and GPS, which allows you to monitor your home whilst you’re away. This is only going to get easier in 2018 and beyond.

Ones to watch out for in 2018 Keep your eyes out for new car smart theft technologies allowing to control your car access via a clever smart app.

Many more retailers this year will be able to offer contactless payments via card and mobile app and although these are revolutionising the way we make payments, there is an increase need to keep our cards and personal details safe.

Make it your resolution to keep your phone and cards safe in 2018 and maybe purchasing some of the readily available, blocking technologies and keeping on top of your personal security. The Police and other associations such as Action Fraud  offer some great advice to help keep you, your belongings and your personal data safe.

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How secure is your company? Check out these 5 ways to secure your business

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Door access – make it a priority

Commercial Security – 5 ways to secure your business

Having a security system in place not only protects your commercial property, it also helps safeguard staff whilst in the workplace and after they have left for the day. For businesses up and down the country, we’d recommend working with a local security company who can find the best security solutions, with minimal disruption to you and your staff.

Whether you have had a security breach in the past or are looking to install a robust system into your commercial premises for peace of mind  White Horse Fire & Security have put together 5 ways to secure your business:

  1. Door access – Choosing a security system for your front and rear doors, basement entrances or reception is a simple but effective way of knowing exactly who is entering your commercial property and restricting unwanted visitors. There are a range of professional door security products and solutions available including: swipe card and toggle systems for staff and visitors allowing entry into an external or internal door. Keypad code access is commonly used and very effective when the codes are regularly changed. Staff personal identification products give a visual indication who is a member of staff and who is a scheduled visitor. New staff can easily be added to or removed from the system. Door security systems can be integrated with your current systems in place or can be switched over from your current provider.
  2. Intruder alarms – These are an audio device that start when one of the motion sensors detect movement within one of your secure zones. If an alarm is triggered, the main control panel will indicate which secure zone has detected movement. Alarms like these can be set up to alert a member of staff that a specific sensitive area has been entered and it can also alert you when an intruder has entered the commercial property, outside working hours. So what happens if the intruder alarm is triggered? For the ultimate protection White Horse Fire & Security can make sure when your intruder alarm is triggered, the local police will be at your commercial property in a matter of minuets.
  3. Commercial CCTV – is a well known and trusted way of helping keep an eye on your property. CCTV can give you great coverage from the boundaries of your property, garages, outside office space, car parks, lock ups, storage spaces and small internal spaces. White Horse Fire & Security offer a fully integrated app on your phone or tablet, giving you 24/7 surveillance even when you’re away on business. Work with your security company to get the most out of your cameras and images. When choosing a security company, make sure your cameras are all set up correctly and tested to meet your specific needs. For larger commercial premises, your CCTV system can be hard wired or managed centrally via a hub, so no need for miles of untidy cabling.

  4. Gates, barriers, turnstiles – each business has its unique business security needs to help keep commercial property secure and there are lots of vehicle security products on the market to help with this. Audio/ intercom systems and monitored gates have become very popular with larger businesses and those with many different buildings to cover. If you own a large commercial property, an automated gate with intercom system can give staff an efficient and effective way of allowing visitors to enter your property and at the push of a button staff can grant permission to enter. Vehicle registrations and daily deliveries are easily managed and tracked via these systems. Like White Horse Fire & Security, your security company should carry out 6 monthly maintenance checks on your security fixtures such as barriers and hydraulic fluid checks etc to make sure they remain in full working order.

Whatever your commercial security needs, a good security company can help protect your premises and help safeguard your staff. White Horse Fire and Security are SSAIB Certified for 24hr police response and we are here for you 24/7. We offer a 5 year guarantee and no call out charge with our maintenance package.

Call Helen today to arrange a FREE quote: 01235 413823 www.whitehorsesecurity.co.uk