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How commercial safes are different to domestic safes? 26-05-2017

Our domestic safes are manufactured and designed specifically for the use in homes and domestic dwellings. Part of our range of home safes are AIS Insurance Approved and have been manufactured in UK manufacturi....

 

Before you go away, a home security checklist! 25-05-2017

Going away on holiday is always very exciting, but leaving your home unoccupied whilst you’re in another country is highly unnerving. This article is here to help you out with some tips on keeping your ho....

 

Our Suppliers 17-05-2017

At Associated Security we take pride in knowing our suppliers only offer the best products and services to all our customers which is why they are specially selected for us to work with. Here are some of the su....

 

Why should you use an MLA approved locksmith? 10-05-2017

The MLA stands for the Master Locksmiths Association, which is the largest locksmiths association in the UK. The MLA is a not for profit organisation which has established its own licensing scheme in which its ....

 

How to spot a shoplifter 03-05-2017

Working in retail, staff need to be aware of the different tell-tale signs of a shoplifter. There is no standard physical description of a shoplifter as they can come in any shape or size and be any age. Many a....

 

How crime affects businesses 24-04-2017

An estimated 800,000 businesses have applied for bankruptcy due to the effects of crime and this number is continuing to rise along with crime rates. There are several different types of crime that businesses c....

 

Security risks caused by Social Media 04-04-2017

Nowadays the majority of people you meet will have some form of social media account, whether that be Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram. These platforms allow people to post pictures, updates and check in and....

 

5 ways to improve your home security 20-03-2017

Ensuring your home is safe means safe-guarding against theft and protecting your property and valuables. In this article, we'll take a look at some ways you can help to make your home safer. Read on to see our....

 

5 Key Things To Keep In Your Safe 15-03-2017

  Any passports/birth certificates  These are vital documents that are not only expensive to replace but take up a lot of time and hassle trying to do so. If these are kept in a home safe you won&rs....

 

Bank of England Encourages Retailers to Check Banknotes Over the Festive Period 25-10-2016

Retailers and businesses will be much busier than normal over the Christmas period and often employ temporary staff, so there is an increased risk of counterfeit banknotes being passed. To help protect your bu....

 

Associated Security at The Security Institute Conference and Exhibition 2016 19-09-2016

Will you be at The Security Institute Conference this week? Now in its 9th year, The Security Institute Conference and Exhibition brings together its members for the institute’s “premier educationa....

 

Polymer Fiver Begins Circulation Today 13-09-2016

Today, Tuesday the 13th of September, marks a new era for Bank of England bank notes. A brand new  five pound note is being released but this time it is being printed on a brand new material; polymer. Pre....

 

Security Funding for Places of Worship 25-08-2016

In the four weeks following the EU referendum result, more than 6,000 incidents of hate crime were reported to police. This shocking statistic led the home office to announce last month that it is creating a &p....

 

PIN Shields Are Being Used to Combat New ATM Scam 05-08-2016

Recently the news has been filled with reports of ATM scams taking place up and down the country as well as throughout Europe too. Since its inception in the 1960s, the ATM has been one of the world’s mos....

 

Why Do I Need an Insurance Approved Safe? 18-07-2016

If you are a small business looking for a safe, you will often be required to purchase one that is insurance approved but what exactly does that mean and why is it so important? All small businesses are requir....

 

What to Consider When Buying a Safe for Your Business 27-06-2016

If you’ve identified a need for a safe for your business you may be wondering what your next step needs to be. There are many things to take into consideration before investing in a product which needs to....

 

Is Physical Security Still Necessary? 08-06-2016

Security is of a high concern for most businesses whether large or small but in recent times, the threat of physical security breaches has been dwarfed in businesses’ priorities by a different kind of thr....

 

Stadium Security In The Spotlight 26-05-2016

Following the recent security breach at Old Trafford Football Ground, stadium security processes have been thrust into the spotlight highlighting a need to reassess what is currently in place. With major sport....

 

Liverpool Crime Prevention Conference 12-05-2016

As you may have noticed, the Associated Security diary has been jam-packed over the past few months and another important event is coming up. The Liverpool Crime Prevention Conference is due to take place on We....

 

New Polymer Note Design Revealed 26-04-2016

A new £20 bank note design has been unveiled following a public nomination to decide on an historic figure to feature on the first £20 note to be produced in polymer. After receiving almost 30,000 ....

 

Is Your Business Prepared For The New Pound Coin? 13-04-2016

Royal Mint have recently announced plans to release a brand new £1 coin into circulation for the first time in almost 35 years. The new design steers away from the iconic round shape and instead incorpora....

 

Associated Security Exhibiting at Retail Fraud 2016 07-04-2016

The Retail Fraud Show, run by Retail Risk has been running for 14 years and has become one of the world’s leading loss prevention conferences. It brings together a collection of professionals from the ret....

 

Could Amazon Selfie Payment be the Next Big Thing? 30-03-2016

If the world had been told 50 years ago that we would be regularly paying for our goods on a piece of plastic which automatically deducts the money from your bank account, they wouldn’t have believed you.....

 

Associated Security at the BBA Security Conference 16-03-2016

On Wednesday, the Associated Security team once again headed down to London to exhibit at the BBA’s 13th Annual Security Conference. The event was held at Pinner’s Hall and brought together a wide r....

 

The 13th Annual BBA Security Conference 02-03-2016

On Wednesday the 9th of March, Associated Security will once again be exhibiting at the BBA’s Annual Security Conference. The conference will bring together a wide range of individuals from within the ban....

 

Which Lock Is Best for Me? 17-02-2016

With multiple locking options now available, many people are asking, which lock is right for me?  Digital Locks Digital locks provide easy and quick access to safes and secure areas. Often seen as the mo....

 

Is Your Business On Top of Cyber Security? 03-02-2016

The latest Ponemon Institute Survey has revealed that many companies are not dealing with the threat of cyber hacking effectively. The survey states that cyber attacks are typically noticed after 98 days of ac....

 

Associated Security & SMP Security raise money for Text Santa 13-01-2016

Back in December, Associated Security and our partners down in Telford, SMP Security took part in Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for three inspirational charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-a-Wish UK ....

 

What is Access Control? 18-12-2015

Access control is the process of using locks and/or technology on doors or entrances to or within a building. The term can refer to a range of systems with the purpose of monitoring, controlling or even restric....

 

The Most Secure Structures on the Planet Our Top Ten 07-12-2015

1.  Fort Knox Purpose: Facility for all US monetary assets - estimated to be 5,000 tonnes of gold (equal to 2% of all gold ever mined from earth.) Known security: Surrounding military camp; secure bank v....

 

Safes and the UK: A Look Back Through Time 17-11-2015

We’re taking a look back through time to discover how life and our industry has changed in the UK. The term ‘a safe’ first came into use in the early 1800’s, to describe a thief- or fir....

 

A Step by Step Guide: Which Safe is Right for Me 10-11-2015

1. What am I protecting in my safe? Safes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and what you’re protecting will affect the type of safe you select. Smaller safes are ideal for storing a small amount ....

 

The Security Institute Annual Conference 2015 20-08-2015

This September we will be exhibiting at the annual Security Institute Conference, hosted at The Mermaid Convention Centre in London. The conference brings together industry experts across a number of field....

 

Are you prepared for Polymer Banknotes? 07-07-2015

Polymer banknotes are due to be introduced into circulation in Britain in 2016 – but what are Polymer banknotes, how will they affect you and do you need to update your counterfeit note security? The Ban....

 

70 years of Associated Security 28-05-2015

This year marks 70 years of Associated Security, so we've compiled a timeline of the triumphs, milestones and achievements of the company over the last 70 years. ....

 

How do you monitor the keys to your business? 19-05-2015

Access control & electronic security measures are ever evolving, resulting in keys becoming the most vulnerable aspect of many access control procedures. Keys are essential for use in a number of areas - lo....

 

The importance of time in the Hatton Gardens Robbery 19-05-2015

Over the last few years, high street banks have been retracting their facilities to offer customers safe deposit boxes which in turn has resulted in a rise of private safe deposit centres across the country - H....

 

Retail Fraud 2015 19-05-2015

Retail fraud is becoming an ever growing issue within the UK. Retailers are being targeted by more sophisticated methods of organised crime, resulting in nearly £603m in additional retailer costs in 2014.....

 

New Website & Product Guides 19-05-2015

We’re extremely excited to showcase our brand new website! The company has grown a significant amount over the last few years with the acquisition of SMP, an ever growing client base and an increasing por....

 

Associated Security is 70 years old 19-05-2015

2015 marks Associated Security’s 70th Birthday - 70 extremely successful years that have seen the company develop from locksmiths and safe installers to become the industry leaders in the supply, installa....

 

New Website 27-04-2015

Associated Security are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website. The company has grown a significant amount over the last few years with the acquisition of SMP, an ever growing client base and a....

 

Associated Security to exhibit at Retail Fraud 2015 27-03-2015

Retail fraud is becoming an ever growing issue within the UK. Retailers are being targeted by more sophisticated methods of organised crime, resulting in nearly £603m in additional retailer costs in 2014.....

 

BSIA 2015 See you there 18-03-2015

On Thursday 26th of March, Associated Security are going to be exhibiting at the Bridgewater Hall for this year’s BSIA Manchester security event. The event focusses on local businesses and works with....

 

Exhibiting at BBA Annual Security Conference 24-02-2015

This year marks the 12th Annual BBA Security conference and Associated Security are proud to be exhibiting.  Since the last event, the importance of strong security solutions has been highlighted to organ....

 

Many Hands Make Light Work 09-12-2014

In October, we held a Halloween Masquerade Ball in aid of The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. We hosted 70 guests who enjoyed a delicious three course meal and entertainment from two live bands as ....

 

New Green Wagon 09-12-2014

Over the past six months, we have started working towards our ISO 14001 in Environmental Management and are hoping receive our certificate in January 2015. We have assessed all areas of the business to see how....

 

Meetings in the Midlands 09-12-2014

With the renovation of our Telford depot finally complete, we can now offer a meeting space in the West Midlands. At SMP, our manufacturing arm, not only do we have a full factory with updated machinery and st....

 

Safe and Door Interlock 09-12-2014

Earlier this year, we were approached by a few of our clients who had an issue whereby during cash delivery/collection, there was increased risk because they did have the space in smaller sites to install a two....

 

Safe As Houses 09-12-2014

Christmas is a time for relaxing, seeing your family and friends and eating lots of nice food; but it is also about giving and receiving expensive presents! The average spending figures for Christmas presents i....

 

Check and then Check Again 09-12-2014

Over the festive period, hopefully most of you will find your stores much busier with lots more transactions over the tills. However, more cash payments means a higher chance of counterfeit notes being used so ....

 

2014 An Eventful Year 09-12-2014

It is been an eventful year for us all at Associated Security with lots of great moments worth mentioning. At the start of the year, we were involved in tenders for the lock and safe maintenance on behalf of t....

 

Charity Update 17-09-2014

This July, a few of the ASSL staff took part in the Colour Run as part of our fundraising for The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (see photo) which was great fun! We have now set the date for our bi....

 

Security Awareness Day 2014 09-09-2014

This October, Associated Security will be hosting its fourth Annual Security Awareness Event. After last year’s success it has been decided to split this year’s event over two days. The first day w....

 

Success At IFSEC 09-09-2014

Associated Security had a very successful few days displaying at IFSEC in London this June. We had lots of you come and say hello and were excited to meet lots of new prospective customers. One of the products....

 

SLS is Reborn 09-09-2014

Security Lock and Safe or ‘SLS’ as they would soon become known, were founded in 1967 by two former Chubb employees Roger Painter and John Stinson, along with local engineer Derek Axford. After a b....

 

Vaults and Safety Deposit Boxes 09-09-2014

We are getting approached more and more frequently by independent businesses wishing to set up a safety deposit centre. Most of them only know the basics and so look for a company they can rely on and trust to ....

 

A Company First 09-09-2014

In June this year, we launched our first ever Product Guide. The full colour brochure shows you a full selection of products that we manufacture, supply, install and/or maintain. Although it is very difficult ....

 

Live From IFSEC 30-04-2014

Bringing the entire international security industry together, IFSEC is seen as the most important security event of the year. This year the event moves to the ExCel Centre in London for the first time and in d....

 

Safe Exhibiting 30-04-2014

We love exhibiting at shows and the chance it gives us to speak directly to current as well as prospective customers. This year, we have had stands at the British Security Institution Association (BSIA) show i....

 

Security Awareness Day 30-04-2014

On 1st and 2nd October this year, we will be holding our annual Security Awareness Day at the SMP factory in Telford. The first day will be tailored for the Insurance industry and will include a presentation o....

 

Developing SMP 30-04-2014

We have been working hard to complete the transformation of the SMP factory at Telford and are just about at completion. To create a more efficient production of safes, we have invested just under £500k ....

 

Manchester Security 2014 26-02-2014

On Thursday 6th March 2014, we are sponsoring and attending the 20th anniversary British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Manchester Security 2014 Event at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The event is ....

 

A Trusted Brand is Reborn 03-12-2013

The history of the safe isn’t as complicated as you may think. As far back as in Roman times, there is evidence that poor people secured their valuable possessions in the sand or thick pottery, whilst af....

 

500k Invest in the Future 03-12-2013

As most of our customers will know by now, we bought SMP Security in July this year. Not only has this set us great challenges in combined the two businesses and ensuring a smooth transition for customers old a....

 

Safes are our Speciality 03-12-2013

More and more we are being asked to design bespoke safes for domestic use that look and feel as part of the furniture. The interest in refurbishing old safes into modern pieces of art is also growing and we can....

 

Spotlight on ATM Protection 03-12-2013

Here at Associated Security, we are always designing and developing new solutions and our latest innovation is the AsSec ATM Plinth and Chain Kit. ATMs are often a weakness in many Retail Banking outlets. Not ....

 

Personal Security 03-12-2013

With the dark nights drawing in and with our staff working shifts we thought it was a good idea to hold a self-defence class for our help desk staff. Our European Sales director, Andy Palmer, trains in traditi....

 

Keep On Running 03-12-2013

The Age UK Abbey Dash is now in its 29th year and European Sales Director Andy Palmer took part in the 10k run and managed to raise just under £800. Andy said, “Thanks to everyone who sponsored me ....

 

ASSL Secures UK Safe Manufacturer 24-07-2013

Associated Security has always been passionate about buying British products and keeping the safe industry alive in the UK. To help us further achieve this, we are very pleased to announce that SMP Security ha....

 

ATM Gas Attack Solution 24-07-2013

The latest high risk attack is targeting Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and so affects lots of our customers. We have been researching different solutions to fight these attacks, with a focus on products that....

 

Success at 2013 Security Awareness Day 24-07-2013

On Thursday 13th June, we held our second annual Security Awareness Day with great success. Designed as day for our current and prospective clients to learn more about the security industry, new products and ou....

 

Identify My Safe 24-07-2013

Ever wondered what quality or grade your safe is? Maybe you have just moved into new premises and inherited an antique looking safe with no markings on and you are struggling to identify it. Associated Securit....

 

Insurance Expertise 24-07-2013

We are due to attend the Insurers Expo in November. This is the first time we will have done the Insurance exhibition and we are hoping that after a good attendance from the insurance sector at our Security Aw....

 

Making Charity Easy 24-07-2013

This year, our chosen charity is The Christie. As the largest cancer centre in Europe, they have been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 years. We have made it even easier to donate to our c....

 

Fight Against Deforestation and Climate Change with a Refurbished Safe 22-06-2013

Our latest environmental initiative is to promote refurbished safes as a first option where we have the stock and where they match customer requirements. This means they are second-hand safes with a maximum ag....

 

TV fame for Associated Security 08-01-2013

Associated Security Solutions, has been selected to star in a pioneering business television programme which explores the issue of protecting UK businesses against crime. Created due to the lack of security ad....

 

New head office and showroom Now Open 01-08-2012

Our new  head office is now complete. The £1.1 million extension was a major investment into the security industry and houses not only brand new offices, but an extended helpdesk and 2800 square foot....

 

Success for Associated Football Team 01-08-2012

Each year we sponsor a local football team. This year it was Middleton boys under 14’s, and what a season they have had so far! We heard from the team that they are the proud winners of the North Bury Mai....

 

Success for Associated Football Team 26-05-2011

Each year we sponsor a local football team. This year it was Middleton boys under 14’s, and what a season they have had so far! We heard from the team that they are the proud winners of the North Bury Mai....

 

ASSL Running the Race for Life 20-04-2011

We have gathered a team that spans all four corners of the office to runthe race for life this year. Members of staff from Accounts to the Helpdesk and beyond to theManaging Directors office will be taking par....

 

We are attending the Annual BBA Conference and BSIA Seminar 11-04-2011

The British Banking Association (BBA)  is holding its 8th annual Security Conference this Wednesday (11th April 2011) we are proud to be the Associated Sponsor of the event. This year’s th....

 

Master Locksmith Association Campaign for Industry Recognised Qualifications is a Success 05-04-2011

The UK’s largest locksmith trade association is to fund the creation of nationally recognised qualifications. Working alongside Skills for Security, the Master Locksmith Association has long pushed ....

 

Climate Change Week 21st to 27th March 2011 15-03-2011

As part of Climate Week this year we are taking part by encouraging allstaff to either walk, take public transport or car share for their journey toand from work every day that week. We are really hoping habit....

 

Master Locksmith Association Backed by Government 08-03-2011

The UK’s most trusted locksmithing trade association (of which Associated Security Solutions is a member) has been awarded the stamp of approval from the Home office, highlighting its importance in the se....

 

Associated Security Featured in Industry Newsletter 03-02-2011

Associated Security Solutions are featured in this month’s Kaba newsletter ‘Safe Talk’. The profile section mentions this our 65th year of trading and our £1 Million investment in t....