I expect you remember me telling you about my attempt to raise sponsorship for completing the Cycling Down Dementia Pioneer Challenge and cycling a total of 300 miles between 1st November and 31st January.
Well I am pleased to say that I hit my target and have so far raised a whopping £621.86 in donations!
Every £20 raised funds another hour of research by Alzheimer’s Research UK into this dreadful condition that affects so many families all across the UK.
I was staggered to learn that 1 in 6 people in the UK over the age of 80 have dementia.
That is currently 850,000 people. That figure is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025 and leap to 2 million by 2051. It is estimated that 225,000 people will develop dementia this year alone, which is one person every three minutes.
I am extremely proud to announce that Glevum has won the Corporate Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award at the national Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2018.
Over the last few years Steve Barnett, my joint MD, has been holding workshops every month for people with learning difficulties & disabilities. These workshops include topics aimed at sharpening their employability skills so that they will become ready for employment.
Topics include interview skills, how to complete an application form and supporting candidates with work opportunity opportunities. We feel that it is important for us to give something back to the local community.
Glevum was one of seven companies nominated for the award at a ceremony held on 21st November at the prestigious Hilton on Park Lane Hotel in London and hosted by actor James Nesbitt.
The National Star College at Cheltenham is rightly proud of the work it does with young people with disabilities, educating them and teaching them skills to help them interact and integrate with the local community.
Catherin Garland is one of their Job Mentors and her role is to find work placements for the students. Last year she was able to get Dean Angle a six month work placement at Glevum.
Dean is a 20 year old from Gloucestershire, a likeable lad who is keen to get into work. He liked the nature of the job and the company and found that he had an aptitude for security work so he was overjoyed when Glevum subsequently offered him a sponsored internship.
Did you know that if you have an audible intruder alarm fitted to your home you are required by law to lodge details of a nominated key holder with your local authority?
Many people these days have burglar alarms fitted to their homes that ring out if an intruder attempts to make entry. This is all well and good, of course, and the homeowner can simply deactivate the alarm once the incident has been sorted out.
What if the homeowner is not there though? The alarm may be accidentally tripped by an animal or bird and sound out at any time during the day or night causing untold agonies to nearby neighbours.
What you may not be aware of is the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
I am sure most of you are aware of phishing which is when you receive an email from what seems like a reputable source but is actually a hacker trying to get information. Typically, these fake emails can be spotted as they address you as “loyal customer” rather than by your name, are grammatically poor and almost always ask you to supply confidential details such as a password or account number.
Now there is a new subcategory of phishing known as “whaling” and, according to cyber security advisor Smarttech 247, the number of these attacks tripled throughout the last year.
Although similar in many ways to phishing, whaling specifically targets companies and businesses. Typically the whaler imitates or exploits the CEO’s email address and sends messages to senior management and staff. These usually take the form of an urgent request for sensitive or confidential information.
It is not everyone that needs on site security every day and I often have enquiries from people who want something less regular or even bespoke services.
One of our most popular is our Vacant Property Inspection Service. This is ideal for customers who require more flexible security arrangements combined with our usual reliability and professionalism.
It is often a requirement of insurance policies, for example, that vacant properties are regularly inspected. By using our Vacant Property Inspection Service you can save the inconvenience of travelling to the property yourself and gain the peace of mind that your property is safe and you have complied with your responsibilities.
Everybody knows that mobile technology has become a crucial part of our lives and increasing amounts of data and information are stored on mobile devices such as smartphones and laptops. These devices are designed for mobility, of course, so they are frequently used outside an office or home environment.
Anyone using mobile technology needs to follow specific safety procedures to keep data safe from prying eyes.
The National Cyber Security Centre is a part of GCHQ and has issued these five tips to help with keeping your smartphones and laptops safe:
1. Use your devices password protection. It may seem obvious to use a complex PIN or password but many devices do not automatically enable them to work. In which case you will have to turn it on to activate it. Some devices have fingerprint recognition but again this needs to be activated.
Now I know that having the locks changed is a serious hassle but there are some circumstances when it is absolutely the right thing to do.
Here are 5 reasons why you really should get those locks changed:
1. You’ve lost your keys. It happens to the best of us. Unlikely as it sounds, there is a possibility that they have been picked up by someone who knows where you live and has criminal intentions. Call a locksmith and get those locks changed.
2. You move into a new property. You have no way of knowing for sure who else has keys to the place so get the locks changed.
3. You have recently been burgled or there are signs of an attempt. It is surprising how many people do not think to get new locks in such an event. Don’t take the risk.
I am sure you are aware by now of the imminent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations and the impact they are likely to have across a wide spectrum of data collection, control and protection.
One important area that has been identified is surveillance by CCTV. As this involves recording personal data, the images of identifiable individuals captured on its footage, it falls within the remit of GDPR.
Our security colleagues, the Allcooper Group, have looked closely at this and the information I am presenting here is based primarily on their findings and is published with their permission.
I read this week that research by Churchill Home Insurance has revealed that almost half of all burglaries are carried out on three-bedroomed homes.
The research also disclosed that the properties most likely to be targeted are semi-detached houses. End of terraced properties comprise 28% of break-ins, although there are fewer of them than inner terraced houses which were burgled less frequently.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the research revealed that people living in ground floor flats are twice as likely to suffer a break-in as those living in first floor accommodation.
In the past financial year, there was an average of 470 burglaries reported every day throughout the UK. The total of 171,527 was an increase of 2% on the previous year’s figures.
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