What is an NSI accredited company and why is it important to look for their services?
If you are looking for, or have previously researched companies to provide you with security systems, you may well have come across the name, "NSI."
In most cases, it is likely that you will have been recommended to search for security companies that are accredited with NSI, perhaps by your insurance company or a friend or relative... but just who are NSI and what does it mean?
Who are NSI?
NSI stands for the National Security Inspectorate. NSI is widely recognised as the leading certification body for providers of security and fire protection systems to homes and businesses in the UK. These systems include Intruder Alarms, CCTV Systems and Access Control Systems.
"For over 40 years, we have helped protect businesses and homeowners by providing robust, high quality audits of home security, business security and fire safety service providers. Businesses and homeowners who choose NSI approved companies have the reassurance that their contractors will work to the highest industry standards demanded by the Police, Fire and Rescue Services and the insurance industry. The NSI Directory lists all the companies who have successfully achieved NSI certification." - ww.nsi.org.uk/about-us
Meeting the NSI Standards
To be approved with NSI certification, companies must demonstrate that the products and services they provide meet the required standards for the security and fire safety industry. Third party certification from certification bodies such as NSI also gives you the reassurance that you are dealing with a reputable company that has been independently verified. NSI representatives undertake audits of each approved company annually to ensure they continue to provide security products and services that meet their exacting standards.
Going for Gold
There are two levels of NSI certification available to security companies - Silver and Gold.
• Silver is designed to verify that the products being provided by the company meet the requirements of the applicable British Standards.
• Gold verifies that in addition to the above, the company in question operates a Quality Management System (such as ISO 9001) within their business.
Together, the combination of product verification and quality management represents the Gold standard, which holds the greatest perceived value across industry and by the Police, Fire and Rescue services and insurers.
Recommended by Insurers
When purchasing a home or business insurance policy, you may be advised by your insurers to consider installing a security system to protect your property, such as an Intruder Alarm. In many cases, this can reduce insurance premiums as the level of risk is deemed to be lower for your property if a security system is in place. Furthermore, premiums may be even lower if you can prove that your security systems are regularly maintained by an NSI approved company. To help you do this, your accredited provider will issue you with an 'NSI Certificate' when your security system is installed.
What do insurers say?
"Insurers want to be confident that your alarm system foremost will perform as expected, ensuring that signalling is effective and that the property's security has been planned out to ensure it is fully covered. Secondly, that it will be maintained and regularly serviced to a high standard, ensuring continued protection. And finally, that the above will be provided to a very high standard of service, professionalism and flexibility for the customer." - Russell Jones-Walker, Jelf Group
Allcooper are NSI Gold Approved
With Allcooper, you can have confidence that you are dealing with an NSI Gold approved security company. In fact, we're incredibly proud to have held NSI Gold status for over 20 years, first achieving the standard in 1994. At that time, the accreditation was called NACOSS - the National Approval Council for Security Systems.
For more information about the National Security Inspectorate, please visit their website www.nsi.org.uk.
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