Blake Fire and Security Systems

Reliable key holding service... in case the worst happens

Professional key holding services with engineers available 24/7. 

So, if an event happens, one of our team will get to your property to pick up the pieces. As soon as possible.

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    Key Holding Services

    Some situations require a Key Holder to attend your property if the alarm is activated. For instance, if you want your burglar alarm to have police response, you need to have 2 registered Key Holders.

    When the alarm is activated, one of these Key Holders is alerted by the monitoring station and needs to attend your property.

    If a commercial or domestic client based in Southend or Essex has a monitored system and that system is maintained by us, then Blake Fire & Security Systems can provide a Key Holding Service. This means we are the first (or second) name on the list of people to be called in the case of any alarm activations.

    You don't need professional key holder services, you could use a relative or family friend. However, many of our customers find it more convenient to use our 24/7 service.
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    To find out more about our Key Holding Services, call us on 01702 447800 or click the button and use the form to get in touch

    What does Blake's Key Holding Service cover?

    Some situations require a Key Holder to attend your property if the alarm is activated. For instance, if you want your burglar alarm to have police response, you need to have 2 registered Key Holders.

    When the alarm is activated, one of these Key Holders is alerted by the monitoring station and needs to attend your property.

    If a commercial or domestic client based in Southend or Essex has a monitored system and that system is maintained by us, then Blake Fire & Security Systems can provide a Key Holding Service. This means we are the first (or second) name on the list of people to be called in the case of any alarm activations.

    You don't need professional key holder services, you could use a relative or family friend. However, many of our customers find it more convenient to use our 24 /7 service.

    What does Blake's Key Holding Service cover?
    We will only attend site as Key Holders for alarm activations.

    One of our engineers attends your property when the alarm is activated. This means if you're not in when your alarm goes off, you know an engineer is on their way to make sure your home is OK.

    As Key Holders we are normally first on site and will attempt to fix the fault there and then depending on whether we have the correct replacement parts on board. If this is not the case, the system will be left secure until we can return to site with the required parts.

    We are available for this service 24/7 with a standard 4 hour response time but all our engineers with try to attend in less than 2 hours - if not sooner depending on location.

    This service is supplied as a one-time call out fee that will be charged per visit, or through an annual fee which will cover any callouts for that year. Unfortunately if the call out is due to user error and not a genuine activation, a charge will still be made for our attendance. Scroll down to read more about our two payment Options below.

    Another part of the service is that we keep a copy of the keys to your site, so we can gain access to site as soon as possible. The keys are kept in a secure location and have to be signed out and signed back in during uses.

    We can also be temporary Key Holders, for example, if a client goes on holiday. Once they are back it will return to their normal Key Holder list.

    All our engineers must hold an SIA Licence for key holding before they can attend any callouts. For more information on the SIA licence please click here.

    If we do get called to site and there has been a break in, the site will be made secure before leaving. If we can’t personally do this ourselves, we will arrange other services that can.

    To find out more about our Key Holding Services, call us on 01702 447800 or click the red button below
    Thank you very much for the upgrade of the alarm last week. My wife said your engineer was very efficient and hardly knew he was here.
    D Shorland
    Hadleigh
    To find out more about our Key Holding Services, call us on 01702 447800 or click the button and use the form to get in touch

    Key Holding Service Prices

    For your Key Holding requirements we offer two Options:

    Option 1 - Pay As You Go - Key Holder / Engineer Response

    An engineer will attend any activation of the intruder alarm system

    The Cost of this service is as per our normal ‘Schedule of Rates’ which are:

    Normal working hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30

    £80.00 - Minimum callout charge, includes first hour*
    £40.00 - Rate per hour thereafter*

    Outside normal working hours

    £140.00 - Minimum callout charge, includes first hour*
    £80.00 - Rate per hour thereafter*

    London - Inside congestion charge zone

    Normal working hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30

    £130.00 - Minimum callout charge, includes first hour*
    £50.00 - Rate per hour thereafter*

    Outside normal working hours

    £195.00 - Minimum callout charge, includes first hour*
    £100.00 - Rate per hour thereafter*
    • Guaranteed response time of 4 hours
    • The above costs are subject to V.A.T
    • Plant, materials and expenses charged at Cost Plus 20%
    • *Time charged includes travel and time onsite

    Option 2 - One Off Annual Fee - Key Holder / Engineer Response

    An engineer will attend any activation of the intruder alarm system when the system is set and the site is secure**

    The Cost of this service is a one off payment of :

    £600.00 + V.A.T. per annum

    **This Option 2 does not include activations caused by ‘User Error’, e.g.:
    • Leaving a window or door open when setting the system
    • Not setting the system correctly and leaving the site for the “Alarm Company Key Holder” to rectify the problem
    • Not taking due care to reduce false alarms such as hanging mobiles near heaters which is a common cause of alarm activations, especially over the Christmas period
    • In these cases our normal ‘Schedule of Rates’ will apply as Option 1
    I feel compelled to write this email to you because I have found your guys Tom and Jeff to be polite, focused, and very helpful during the first phase of installation. It has been a pleasure to have them here. I was even happy to leave them on their own in school whilst I had my breaks. It is usual for people to email the boss when things go wrong and I understand that and so will you, but i also think when things go right the company should be contacted also, so that they may praise their staff with a job well done.
    Chris Caton
    Collingwood Primary School, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
    To find out more about our Key Holding Services, call us on 01702 447800 or click the button and use the form to get in touch

    Important Information

    Please note:
    • If this quotation is acceptable, we would require two sets of keys and / or fobs to enter the building, Code numbers will be required to open coded locks.
    • If further keys are required to open other doors not on the entry route, we would require these keys to be kept on site in an accessible position for our engineer or in a key safe box, to enable us to move around the building if required
    • The above service is only available to Clients whose systems we maintain and monitor.
    • Within Option I the labour cost is calculated from the time the “on call engineer” leaves our Office or his home. All engineers live in the Southend Borough area so you could assume that the travelling time would not be more than 60 mins each way.
    • In both Options, materials used will also be chargeable.
    • For Health and Safety reasons, on a single activation an engineer will not be dispatched. However if multiple activations occur it will be at the manager's / keyholder's discretion whether attendance is necessary (this is called an unconfirmed activation) and could be reasonably assumed to be a false alarm. A double activation (this is called an confirmed activation) could be reasonably assumed that a genuine intrusion has occurred and an engineer will be dispatched immediately. In these confirmed cases we will generally dispatch two engineers unless we can be sure the Police are also on site.
    • If a genuine intrusion has occurred these calls will be chargeable as the time spent on these visits would be longer than expected on a call to repair a fault and it is assumed the cost of those visits could be reclaimed under an insurance policy.
    • When attending site, our engineer will endeavour to rectify the problem or carry out a temporary fix of the problem for a recall to take place at a more opportune time (normal working hours). In most cases these return visits will be chargeable
    Would you kindly pass on my thanks to Ben from Blakes who attended again this afternoon to attend to the mobility scooter / garage.

    He was professional and had empathy with the residents as they were concerned about opening and closing the garage door. Ben fully understood their disabilities and fitted a padlock accessible to them and they were reassured.
    Sarah Gallacher
    South Essex Homes

    Dedication to Accreditation

    Why you should choose Blake Fire & Security to design, install and maintain your alarm system
    Long track record - our family-run firm has been installing burglar alarms since 2002. We're going nowhere, your guarantee will be honoured!
    Dedication to Accreditation - if we're not qualified to provide a service we won't offer it to you! Simple.
    Experience & Expertise - we're professional and fully qualified so you get the system that is perfect for your circumstances.
    Who is in your home or premises? - your engineer is always trustworthy, polite and fully qualified, with regular checks to ensure this.
    Quality workmanship and service - we're passionate about your security, our standard of work and the way we deliver it to you.
    Blake Fire & Security Systems have both NSI Gold and SSAIB approval! This means you get:
    Bespoke systems - designed to perfectly fit your family's requirements or the needs of your business.
    Highest quality systems - we only provide systems that last and look good.
    Police and Insurance recognition - our work is guaranteed to be of the highest standard, both Police and Insurance companies acknowledge this.
    Regular and reliable monitoring and maintenance - ensure your system is working in your time of need AND someone is always watching over your home or business!

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