Heritage Property Security Systems,
CCTV & Access Control - Essex & UK
ClearView has a wealth of experience in the design, installation and support of security systems for heritage properties and listed buildings throughout the UK, including CCTV Cameras and access control systems.
Heritage and listed properties are prime targets for crime. In recent research, English Heritage found that in a single year, 18.7% of all listed buildings had been physically affected by crime, with lead and metal thefts being the most common. Vandalism and theft of personal possessions are also on the rise.
The theft of artefacts from heritage buildings, museums and galleries is a problem that affects institutions throughout the world. One estimate suggests that pictures and sculptures worth more than £100 million are stolen each year in the UK alone.
At the same time, the increasing value of tourism has placed considerable burdens on those responsible for managing heritage premises. In particular, problems are posed by allowing the public access to locations where the building and contents are of considerable financial, as well as heritage, value.
ClearView can assist in undertaking a security assessment of your premises. This will identify and quantify the potential threats facing the premises and its contents. At its most basic, the security assessment will evaluate:
- What items are we seeking to protect?
- Who is likely to want to steal or damage them?
- When are the intruders likely to attack?
- How are the intruders most likely to try to gain access?
A security survey is then undertaken by ClearView’s security specialists to determine what measures are in place and any deficiencies that may currently exist. This begins with a review of the area in which the building is located to take account of local crime patterns.
Once the environmental threat has been determined, the basic principles of security can be considered:
- Deter the would-be intruder by presenting a difficult and discouraging site
- Delay the intruder by making entry as difficult as possible
- Deny the intruder either any advantage or access to the key parts of the building once entry has been gained.
Key issues specific to this market sector include the security systems aesthetics – it is critical that they do not detract, distract or damage the appearance of the buildings. This applies to the cabling and communications systems used which may need to be hidden. Physical challenges like thick stone walls, high ceilings and unusual construction methods require careful design and planning.
Security systems proposed for heritage buildings must meet a number of tests:
- Minimal Intervention: Any changes to a heritage building must cause as little impact to the building as possible.
- Necessity: Only the minimum amount of work necessary to achieve the security objective should be undertaken. All work should be supported by a detailed risk assessment
- Reversibility: Any changes to historic fabric of a listed building should be reversible, wherever possible
- Sensitivity: Security systems should be installed with due consideration to the overall appearance of the building as well as having the minimum impact on its fabric. In particular, appropriate use should be made of existing features (such as voids, risers, old chimneys and ducts) to conceal wiring runs
- Appropriateness: The security adopted must be appropriate to the level of risk.
- Compliance: The installation of security equipment, like all changes to listed buildings, must comply with all legal requirements, including listed building consent, building standards, fire regulations and NSI Gold certification requirements.
Security of Shops, Retail and Catering Facilities
Shops and catering facilities now play an important part in the economics of many heritage institutions and need to be considered in the security survey and risk assessment.
Special Event Security
Historic buildings are often let out for private functions. These must be carefully considered from a security perspective as any changes will create new risks.
The installation of security systems in heritage buildings can help alleviate some of the perils which threaten historic buildings and their contents. However, care must be exercised when selecting the mix of measures used.
With nearly 20 years of providing heritage security solutions, experience and expertise from our team of accredited and qualified hardware and software technicians is to your advantage.
Find out more about how we can help secure your heritage property by contacting us today. Alternatively, find out more about us, read our latest news or review our customer testimonials or client case studies.