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By Glen King

It is estimated that in the UK, a domestic burglary takes place every four minutes!  And 64% of businesses have experienced at least one crime over the past year.   I recently read a story in the Exeter local paper, Express & Echo about an 80 year old who was seriously injured in an unprovoked attack on her own door step, at 7.30 pm on a Tuesday evening and what was even more shocking – it was in the quiet town of Budleigh Salterton in Devon! 

In the same week the paper ran another piece about a knife attack at 9.30 in the morning on a member of staff who was working alone in a shop in the Newtown area of Exeter.  These types of crime are, unfortunately, a symptom of our modern day society and often alcohol and drugs related.  For the average, honest, upstanding citizen such as you and I, it is difficult to get into the mindset of someone who is so desperate for their next fix, that they have no morals or rationale and as a result, will get money by any means to pay for their addiction. 
So what can we do to keep ourselves safe?


Local businessman Paul Bardey recently launched APS (Advanced Protection Systems) in the South West and showed me his ‘crime file” packed with local stories of fires, burglaries and attacks in both the home and workplace.

“I am passionate about this product and genuinely feel that no home or business should be without it,” said Paul fervently.  He went on to explain that having APS installed is like having immediate response from the police, the fire service and the paramedics all in one box, accessed via two-way voice communication built into the unit.

“It is so much more than just an alarm system.  It gives immediate response to a break in, fire or request for assistance, giving 24 hour protection, 365 days a year, whether you are there or not!” Explained Paul. 

Activated by the simple pressing of a discrete button, the APS system puts you in instant communication with a Personal Incident Manager based at the company’s registered Monitoring Centre, who will evaluate any situation, offer help or guidance – or alert the emergency services on your behalf. 

This will instigate immediate response as the emergency services treat all alerts from the Monitoring Centre as verified incidents so attendance is prioritised.  The centre will only listen in when the alarm has been triggered or you press the assistance request button, and all this is 24/7 365 days a year. 

With APS there are no false alarms!  In the event of an alarm or the assistance button being pressed, the centre will ask if you are OK and if it is only that your dinner has burned, you can terminate the call by using your own personal password. 

Are you concerned that your property may burn down while you’re not around?  With APS installed you never have to worry as the smoke will activate the alarm and the Centre will monitor the situation, immediately calling the fire brigade on your behalf if they deem this necessary.

If you already have an alarm installed you may ask ‘why do I need APS?’  This is so much more than just an alarm system, and how blasé have we become whenever we hear an alarm?  Whether from a car, house or business premises, we rarely take notice.  


If your alarm is activated, are you totally confidant that the Police will turn up, let alone in time?    The police now need every incident to be verified before they will attend, so more than 90% of burglar alarms are ignored.  

Unlike most alarm systems, APS is pet friendly and is only activated by someone forcing an entry through windows or doors, so you can set it at night and sleep easy in your bed.

Not only for crime, APS is designed to enhance safety.  With elderly relatives a constant worry, particularly when they do not live close by, what happens if they fall ill and are not able to get urgent medical assistance? 

With the Assistance Request Button being no bigger than a key ring, your loved ones can carry it with them at all times and have that human contact.

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A typical scenario would be that they are in bed and do not feel well and are unable to reach a telephone.  At the press of a button, they can contact the centre and ask the Personal Incident Manager to telephone you to pass on a message or to get in touch………… or what if they feel threatened by a stranger at the door? They can activate the monitor and ask the centre to listen in. 

Amazingly the microphone is so sensitive that you do not have to be close to it for it to pick up sounds.  You can rest easy knowing that they are never alone when they need help or assistance, giving complete peace of mind for all.

The APS system is very cost effective and far cheaper than the average alarm system with so much more to offer.  Simple and easy to install, taking less than an hour, there is no need to re-decorate.   Just a small investment and 1 hour of your time could be life saving!

For a free DVD presented by Pauline Quirke – or to arrange a 15-minute no-obligation demonstration of how the system can protect you and your property - call Paul who covers the whole of the South West.  To be eligible for a free 1-month trial period without obligation – just mention Bradleys Home Guide to us when you call.

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