Netwatch have recently received the British Standard BS8418 certification. This certification gives police and clients confidence in the reliability and integrity of a security system. The BS8418 is a code of practice which covers the installation and remote visual monitoring of CCTV security systems. UK National Police Chiefs Council use this as proof of the integrity of a visual monitoring, intervention security system and to dispatch the appropriate blue light response.
It was introduced due to the increase of the availability of off the shelf CCTV camera systems. These systems were producing huge volumes of false alarms, and police had difficulty differentiating between false alarms and genuine threats coming from professional monitoring centres. The National Police Chiefs Council have put in place the BS8418 certification as a method of ensuring genuine alarms warrant an appropriate police response.
A BS8418 system is guaranteed to be installed by a certified engineer, and is always monitored by a BS8418 Monitoring station. This monitoring station must be capable of managing a high volume of alarms at any time, monitoring specialists must be exceptionally we trained and the monitoring building must be resistant to outside interference or attack.
All BS8418 systems are issued with a Police Unique Reference Number (URN). This ensures Police that you have legitimate BS8418 security system capable of threat verification and intervention. Police can then dispatch a blue light response (and upper level) to the verified threat on your site. Insurance companies are beginning to request a BS8418 accredited system for high risk sites before an insurance policy is issued.