Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 121

INSTALLERSUPPORT Clearview: It sounds like a great idea, but surely being a new product, it could take some time to bed in? Clive Lloyd: You’d expect so, wouldn’t you? But AIM is different. It was developed here in the UK by an individual who was keen to do his bit in the fight against crime and over the last three years he’s driven the product forward on a shoestring budget and achieved some remarkable results. AIM has been recognised by the Society of Professional Locksmiths in the USA, is being used by West Merica, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Befordshire and West Midlands police forces, as well as Safer St Helens and Safer Worcester. In total, over 400 units have been fitted and remarkably not one break-in has occurred at any of the locations where it’s fitted. The fact that it’s acting as such an effective deterrent is remarkable – and it will be something we will be building upon with the inclusion in all packs of door and window stickers to alert would-be burglars of the presence of AIM and its link to an international trace tag database. Amongst the properties to have AIM fitted, the most amazing success story is at Codsall Village Hall in Staffordshire. The property was targeted time and again by burglars, but the moment AIM went in and the supporting stickers were displayed, the property stopped being targeted – and has remained totally secure since the installation. What this demonstrates is that burglars don’t want to be inconvenienced. They want to get in and out of a property with as little hassle as possible. And they want to do it without getting caught. AIM makes life difficult for them; and for those foolhardy enough to take it on, it can and will result in their conviction – something no other home security product currently available can lay claim to. Clearview: What are we looking at in terms of price and installation? Clive Lloyd: Price wise AIM costs £74.00 plus VAT RRP. Our intention is not to go down the retail route, but sell it via locksmiths and security companies – keeping it as a specialist product that homeowners will seek out. In terms of fitting, it can be done quickly and easily by a non-skilled individual, but we would recommend that an installer/ locksmith or security company carries out the initial installation to ensure it is correctly positioned. Clearview: Is there anything the customer needs to do to register the product? Clive Lloyd: Yes – post-installation they need to simply go online and register their unique forensic code, address and the specific door on which it has been installed. These details are held by the Retainagroup. A member of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), and licensed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Retainagroup stores the forensic codes and address details on its International Security Register, which can then be accessed by police forces across the country whenever they come across a trace tag specific to them. Clearview: Is there a chance two addresses might end up with the same forensic code? Clive Lloyd: Absolutely not – there are billions of forensic codes and no two AIM canisters are the same. Clearview: And what are the chances of accidental activation? Clive Lloyd: The chances of accidental activation are negligible. There needs to be a definite, forceful attempt at entry for the alarm to sound and the spray to be activated. Clearview: Once activated, can AIM be reset or will the homeowner need a new system fitted? Clive Lloyd: A new AIM would need fitting should the installed one be activated in preventing a burglary – but if you consider the financial cost and emotional trauma of being the victim of burglary and weigh it up against the few pounds it costs to buy a new AIM product, then there really is no quibbling about it. Clearview: If I want to stock AIM, or am a consumer who wants to buy it, what should I do? Clive Lloyd: At this stage we recommend visiting www.avocet-hardware.co.uk or calling 01484 711700. We’ll provide all the relevant information as to how and where you can protect your home the AIM way. C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » M A R 2016 » 121