Firms urged to make security a New Year’s resolution

Liam Cullen, Director at Mercury Security Management, is urging business owners to make security top of their new year's resolution lists.
Liam Cullen, Director at Mercury Security Management, is urging business owners to make security top of their new year's resolution lists.

A Northern Ireland security company is urging business owners to make security top of the their new year’s resolution lists following a recent court ruling in England which saw an alarm company found

negligent in the case a fire which devastated Weston–super-Mare’s pier pavilion in 2008.

Lisburn-based Mercury Security Management Ltd, Northern Ireland’s biggest independent security company is warning business owners to ensure that their alarm systems and processes are fit for purpose before it is too late.

“We would urge business owners to make no compromise when it comes to ensuring your security system is water tight at all times and in the hands of a reputable firm,” said Mercury Security Director Liam Cullen.

“Only last week, a security firm in England was deemed negligent over a fire which caused almost £40M of damage to the Weston-super-Mare pier when, due to a number of basic errors, the alarm went off at 01.35 but the fire authorities were not alerted until almost 07.00.

“By this stage, it was of course too late and although an interim compensation payment of £30M has been awarded, this cannot replace the loss suffered by the owners of the pier, which has been in existence for more than 100 years,” added Mr Cullen.

“A lot of people think that once they have an alarm in place, this is the answer to their problems but it is really only the first step of a process which needs to leave no room for error. Every business and property owner should now look closely at who is doing their monitoring.

“We have found an increasing demand from clients for cost effective bespoke solutions for alarm systems that are monitored 24 hours a day by our NSI Gold Accredited ARC/RVRC monitoring centre.

“Once the alarm is triggered in relation to fire or intrusion we contact the owners and the relevant emergency services to respond to your property immediately. We can also send our highly

accredited Mercury mobile division to the property directly.

“We know that times are tough at the moment and many businesses have to make cuts to survive but we would urge companies not to cut any corners when it comes to the vital issue of security.”

Weston-super-Mare pier first opened in 1904 and after the fire was rebuilt and reopened in October 2010.

Mercury Security Management Ltd provides bespoke stand alone and integrated security solutions to clients across a number of sectors including retail, finance, government and residential,

Founded in 2001, Mercury operates out of offices in Lisburn, London and the Republic of Ireland and offers a wide range of services including Installation and monitoring of electronic security systems, remote

CCTV monitoring, manned guarding, concierge services, key-holding with alarm response, satellite- tracked mobile patrols, staff and vehicle escort services, lone worker monitoring, vehicle and asset

tracking, approved and accredited training.