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Zicam are proud to celebrate our 20 year anniversary within the Security industry. We would just like to take the opportunity in thanking our customers, staff, suppliers and friends for the continued support over the years allowing Zicam to develop into the gold standard that it is today.

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Zicam Security recently installed a bespoke ?CCTV Security Control Room? into one of their high street retailer clients. The client wanted to be able to monitor the 1500 cameras they currently have over the 50 sites they have spread throughout the United Kingdom.

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Happy New Year !!!

Jan 08, 2016

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Happy New Year !!!

Jan 08, 2016

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Craftsmanship

Apr 22, 2015

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Have a quick look at this Large system we have installed! #Craftmanship

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Zicam were honored and proud to be able to present at the West Midlands Police Crime Prevention and Reduction Exhibition last week. Open it up and have a read...

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Anyone with a laptop can become a crimefighter, with a new computer link-up. The video vigilante service delivers real-time CCTV footage of shop floors and town centres to subscribers’ home computers. Viewers can then win prizes of up to £1,000 from operator Internet Eyes if they spot any law-breaking on the thousands of cameras streamed from across Britain.   Shop owners pay £20 per week or £1,000 a year to ensure CCTV cameras in their premises broadcast footage to Internet Eyes, which then forwards it to subscribers. More than 13,000 people have already indicated their interest in the project, but they must be over 18 and pay £12.99 or £1.99 to view. The Devon-based firm gives cash prizes each month to citizens who spot the most criminals. But civil liberties campaigners say the idea is “distasteful” and encourages citizens to spy on each other. Internet Eyes boss Tony Morgan said: “If subscribers see anything suspicious, they can press the Alert button. This sends an instant text and picture message to the shop manager, who then decides what action to take. All you can see is the tops of people’s heads.”

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In May Zicam sponsored the England over 50,s in Barcelona as well as playing, we reached the quarter finals..Thats me with the original barca side of the early eighties

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A West Midlands security specialist is enjoying a fruitful partnership with one of the world’s leading construction companies. Working in partnership with GR8 Security, Dudley-based Zicam Security secured a lucrative contract with Balfour Beatty to oversee operations at four key sites in the West Midlands. More business is expected to follow, with Zicam confident of a long working relationship with the construction giants in other areas of the UK. Peter Fennell, project manager with Balfour Beatty Construction Northern, said to the security partners: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you. I’d like to extend a big thank you from me for all your good work and assistance over the last couple of years”. Zicam has been providing electronic security solutions for the construction sites of four academy and school sites around the West Midlands, the latest being Thistley Hough High School in Stoke-on-Trent. Zicam’s Paul Whiting says that such has been the effectiveness of the company’s security solutions, no breaches have been encountered at any of the Balfour Beatty sites. He said: “Security is a typical consideration for construction sites, otherwise untold damage can be caused. Our solutions have worked extremely well and there have been no issues whatsoever. Site crime is estimated to cost the construction industry a staggering £400m a year, with the rising price of materials such as copper proving particularly enticing to thieves. International metals prices have been driven up for over a decade by the demand from China and other burgeoning economies, making sophisticated security solutions a must for construction companies. Plant equipment and tools are also targeted, causing costly disruption to construction. About £1 million worth of plant and construction machinery is stolen every week in the UK and evidence suggests that the majority of these thefts are conducted by organised criminal networks that infiltrate construction sites, creating significant disruption for major building projects. Zicam boasts a wealth of access control solutions, from video entry to biometric readers, which can inform the customer of all comings and goings on site. The victims of plant theft can incur considerable and unwanted costs, such as that of a replacement machine and the short-to-medium-term hire of replacement equipment. This is coupled with the potential for increased annual insurance premiums and significant loss of productivity and time which often results in financial and commercial penalties. Zicam’s surveillance and monitoring solutions also play a pivotal role during working hours, as the technology can be utilised from a health and safety perspective. Of all the industries, construction has the highest rates for accidents at work and monitoring solutions enables the customer to record all accidents and assess it accordingly, potentially guarding themselves from costly claims. Zicam have drawn upon advanced electronic security solutions such as finger print recognition for site entry and high-tech cameras which enable the viewer to monitor the site effectively in the dark. Such is Zicam’s technological offer, the site manager is even able to view the images on his mobile phone. Zicam are market leaders in CCTV design and work with some of the world’s leading camera manufacturers. Such capabilities have encouraged Balfour Beatty to extend the partnership beyond the schools project. Paul said: “We were introduced to Balfour by GR8. They provide things like the banksman and the cleaning facilities and we provide the electronic security. Typically that comes into its own out of hours, such as between 6pm and 6am and weekends. To have a guard permanently on site would typically cost them around £50,000 per year, whereas an electronic solution would more likely be around £30,000 and prove more effective.” He added: “We all have a good working relationship and hold joint meetings to discuss any issues. Balfour gets a one-stop shop in that respect. It’s an on-going partnership and we’re about to develop it in other areas of the UK.” With four schools projects on course and another site in the area starting imminently it comes as little surprise that Balfour Beatty have transpired as yet another satisfied customer. He said: “We work all over the UK and we always provide a quality solution. The expertise we can offer can be invaluable.”

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A West Midlands security specialist is enjoying a fruitful partnership with one of the world’s leading construction companies. Working in partnership with GR8 Security, Dudley-based Zicam Security secured a lucrative contract with Balfour Beatty to oversee operations at four key sites in the West Midlands. More business is expected to follow, with Zicam confident of a long working relationship with the construction giants in other areas of the UK. Peter Fennell, project manager with Balfour Beatty Construction Northern, said to the security partners: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you. I’d like to extend a big thank you from me for all your good work and assistance over the last couple of years”. Zicam has been providing electronic security solutions for the construction sites of four academy and school sites around the West Midlands, the latest being Thistley Hough High School in Stoke-on-Trent. Zicam’s Paul Whiting says that such has been the effectiveness of the company’s security solutions, no breaches have been encountered at any of the Balfour Beatty sites. He said: “Security is a typical consideration for construction sites, otherwise untold damage can be caused. Our solutions have worked extremely well and there have been no issues whatsoever. Site crime is estimated to cost the construction industry a staggering £400m a year, with the rising price of materials such as copper proving particularly enticing to thieves. International metals prices have been driven up for over a decade by the demand from China and other burgeoning economies, making sophisticated security solutions a must for construction companies. Plant equipment and tools are also targeted, causing costly disruption to construction. About £1 million worth of plant and construction machinery is stolen every week in the UK and evidence suggests that the majority of these thefts are conducted by organised criminal networks that infiltrate construction sites, creating significant disruption for major building projects. Zicam boasts a wealth of access control solutions, from video entry to biometric readers, which can inform the customer of all comings and goings on site. The victims of plant theft can incur considerable and unwanted costs, such as that of a replacement machine and the short-to-medium-term hire of replacement equipment. This is coupled with the potential for increased annual insurance premiums and significant loss of productivity and time which often results in financial and commercial penalties. Zicam’s surveillance and monitoring solutions also play a pivotal role during working hours, as the technology can be utilised from a health and safety perspective. Of all the industries, construction has the highest rates for accidents at work and monitoring solutions enables the customer to record all accidents and assess it accordingly, potentially guarding themselves from costly claims. Zicam have drawn upon advanced electronic security solutions such as finger print recognition for site entry and high-tech cameras which enable the viewer to monitor the site effectively in the dark. Such is Zicam’s technological offer, the site manager is even able to view the images on his mobile phone. Zicam are market leaders in CCTV design and work with some of the world’s leading camera manufacturers. Such capabilities have encouraged Balfour Beatty to extend the partnership beyond the schools project. Paul said: “We were introduced to Balfour by GR8. They provide things like the banksman and the cleaning facilities and we provide the electronic security. Typically that comes into its own out of hours, such as between 6pm and 6am and weekends. To have a guard permanently on site would typically cost them around £50,000 per year, whereas an electronic solution would more likely be around £30,000 and prove more effective.” He added: “We all have a good working relationship and hold joint meetings to discuss any issues. Balfour gets a one-stop shop in that respect. It’s an on-going partnership and we’re about to develop it in other areas of the UK.” With four schools projects on course and another site in the area starting imminently it comes as little surprise that Balfour Beatty have transpired as yet another satisfied customer. He said: “We work all over the UK and we always provide a quality solution. The expertise we can offer can be invaluable.”

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Selco Builders Warehouse, the UK’s number one trade only builders’ merchant, has teamed up with Zicam, a specialist in state-of-the-art surveillance and detection systems provider, to safeguard the security of its premises. Site crime is estimated to cost the construction industry more than £400m per year. And its not just the money that’s the problem, it’s the disruption, the hassle, the delays. With the price of copper and other metals sky-rocketing, construction sites have become very lucrative areas for thieves out to generate some quick cash. Plant equipment, tools and white goods from show homes are also being targeted. Selco believe they have now found the solution to curbing this problem after first discussing the issue with a local security firm nearly a decade earlier. More than 10 years ago Zicam installed a combined CCTV and remote monitoring system at one of Selco’s sites in Kings Norton, Birmingham. The results in terms of reduced crime and improved security were dramatic and Zicam was soon asked to protect more sites. The relationship between the two companies continued to strengthen until Zicam eventually became Selco’s preferred security supplier and responsible for all 30 of its stores in England and Wales. “Our site in Kings Norton had proved vulnerable to break-ins and vandalism,” recalls Chris Cunliffe, chief operating officer of Selco. “We previously relied on mobile security guards to patrol the premises but they could not watch a single site all night. Offenders would just wait until the guards had completed their checks and moved on to the next site on their round. “The installation of CCTV and remote monitoring, however, quickly reduced the level of incidents and so we began to install Zicam’s systems at our other branches. In our experience, this technology has proved to be far more cost-effective than employing mobile or on-site security guards.” Zicam has been at the forefront of CCTV design for over 15 years and works with many of the world’s leading camera manufacturers. Multiple cameras can be integrated both with a customer’s existing security system and a central monitoring unit (CMU), which means a watchful human eye is alert to intruders 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As in Selco’s case, smart monitoring systems can be set up so that any intruder will trigger an alarm at the CMU which will observe and record all movements, notify the police and even allow staff to warn trespassers through an interactive PA system. “This feature is particularly effective because when an offender receives an audible warning from one of the operators at the control centre, nine times out of ten they are going to stop whatever they’re doing and leave the area,” says Chris Cunliffe. “Like most businesses, we would much rather deter crime than have to deal with it afterwards. “These systems are expensive – a typical installation costs over £40,000 – but we are extremely pleased with them and believe the investment is well worth it. We are not just preventing loss of stock and damage to property, we are reducing our unquantifiable losses in terms of the disruption a break-in will cause to the business. Any kind of incident will mean a number of our employees has to allocate time to sort it out which they could obviously better spend serving customers.” Larry Mazic, Zicam’s business development manager, comments: “One of the reasons why the systems we have installed for customers like Selco are proving to be so successful is that we don’t believe in using sub-standard equipment. We only use the best kit and the latest technology, which means our systems are very reliable. We don’t get breakdowns and all incidents get recorded.” Zicam was founded 15 years ago by Larry’s brother, Milan. Starting out from a small office in Kings Heath with “just two guys, one selling, one fitting”, the business expanded steadily and later relocated to Dudley. It now employs 18 people and has a turnover in excess of £2 million. “A key strength of the company,” adds Larry, “is that every one of the management team has extensive practical experience and a commitment to delivering the highest standards of professionalism for every assignment, regardless of size.” Selco is the UK’s fastest-growing trade only builders’ merchant. As it continues to expand, Zicam is well placed to cement its place as its CCTV security partner. “We are not complacent about any of our suppliers and they are all regularly price-checked and quality-tested,” says Chris Cunliffe. “But at Selco we like to develop strong, long-term relationships with companies like Zicam who deliver excellent service, provide good-quality products and are always there when we need them.

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Adpro one of our main suppliers have released their new Fast Trace 2 video transmission unit which has lower bandwidth capability combined with increased functionality. Also this month we will soon be able to release detail on a new and exciting collaboration between Zicam and Cortech Developments for one of our Key national accounts.  

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Zicam have won a three year service contract for security provision with DHL. The business is proud to be continuing its relationship with DHL for a further three years.

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Zicam have won orders to install CCTV and Access control onto building sites with Balfour Beatty. Using the latest camera technology Zicam were chosen to secure construction sites both during the day and remotely monitored out of hours. In addition the sites are using hand recognition access control to monitor all movements on site.

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West Midlands Police Authority has admitted mistakes were made in the way 200 surveillance cameras were put up in largely Muslim areas of Birmingham. The cameras, some of which were hidden, were paid for with £3m of government money earmarked for tackling terrorism. But the force had to apologise and later commissioned an independent review after angry residents said they had not been consulted.   The report said it put relations with the Muslim community back 10 years. The scheme, called Project Champion, involved cameras being put up by the Safer Birmingham Project (SBP), made up of the city council, police and agencies in the Washwood Heath and Sparkbrook districts.

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