Security company celebrating 30 years in the business
Jan 9 2014 by Jamie Bowman, Crosby Herald
Crosby Intruder Alarms have been operating from their Endbutt Lane home since 1984 when Roy Williams turned his back on his job as a television engineer to move into the world of home security.
Three decades later the business is one of Merseyside’s leading alarm companies with links across the UK and beyond.
Roy said: “As both my partner and I were offered jobs within the TV industry, it was decided we would use our spare time to build up the reputation of the company, prior to taking the plunge full time.
“Over the next two years, working evenings and weekends, we built up a good customer base of quality installations that people could rely on.
“A good deal of those customers over the years have now had two or three installations from us and have recommended us to friends and relatives.”
With their background in television paying off, Roy and his wife Ann decided to concentrate on the emerging market of closed circuit television.
“For most of the early to mid ’80s the majority of CCTV systems installed were large industrial or urban systems, installed by the multi-national companies, so it was very difficult to enter this particular market.
“With persistence we were able to establish a customer base for the smaller installations which were usually corner shops. Now we have progressed to multi-camera installations using the very latest multiplex technology.”
With his vast experience of fitting security systems, Roy is uniquely placed to reflect on Crosby’s own burglary problems, with the town becoming a regular target for criminals.
“Burglaries are a major problem in the Merseyside area,” he said.
“Crosby has had more than its fair share. The trend seems to be to use the trains to travel into the area, commit a couple of burglaries and then leave by the same way.
“Many burglars are by nature opportunists who see that a window has been left open or a door unlocked.
“Most break-ins can prevented by taking some simple security measures such as ensuring valuables are out of sight, windows and doors are always kept locked and a security alarm system is fitted.
“Most people’s perception of when break-ins occur is in the middle of the night, but in reality this usually relates to commercial property and domestic burglary happens around school drop-off and pick-up times or shopping times.”
Roy added: “We have found it hard at times, but we have a number of loyal clients and suppliers who have helped us to keep our head above water and we hope to go forward in 2014, taking more staff on and building a secure future.”